Pranayama benefits and techniques

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The breathing practices outlined and detailed below offer a yoga practice for those wishing to get acquainted with Pranayama.
This Pranayama takes the natural breathing process to a new level
creating the use of dormant mental and physical capabilities not normally available.
Try for yourself to see if they may be of benefit to you.
Pranayama
Benefits
Technique
Yogic Deep Breathing
Brings Clarity and calmness. Increases VO2 by facilitating oxygen transport to the entire body.
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Nadi Shodhana ~ Alternate Nostril Breathing
Removes minor blockages, calming and balancing
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Nadi Shodhana Technique 2 Ratio 1-1~ Alternate Nostril Breathing
Helps with respiratory problems such as asthma, emphysema, and bronchitis. Ensures that the whole body is nourished by an extra supply of oxygen. Carbon dioxide is efficiently expelled and the blood is purified of toxins. The brain centers are stimulated to work nearer to their optimum capacity. Induces tranquility, clarity of thought and concentration. Increases vitality and lowers levels of stress.
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Nadi Shodhana Technique 2 Ratio 1-2~ Alternate Nostril Breathing
Profound relaxation. Heartbeat and pulse rate slow, blood pressure drops.
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Nadi Shodhana with Antar Kumbhaka Technique 3 Stage 5 Ratio 1:4:2 ~ Alternate Nostril Breathing with inner breath retention
Profound psychological effects in preparation for meditation. Not suitable for women in the later half of pregnancy. Not recommended for persons with heart problems, high blood pressure, emphysema or any major disorders.
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Sheetali Pranayama
Cools the body. Coold and reduces mental and emotional excitation. Induces muscular relaxation, mental tranquility and may be used as a tranquilizer before sleep. Gives contrl over hunger, thirst and generates a feeling of satisfaction. Contraindication: People suffering from low blood pressure or respiratory disorders such as asthma, bronchitis and excessive mucous should not practice this pranayama. Those with heart disease should practice without breath retention. Also if you have chronic constipation , you should avoid this pranayama.
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Sheetkari Pranayama
Cools the body. Coold and reduces mental and emotional excitation. Induces muscular relaxation, mental tranquility and may be used as a tranquilizer before sleep. Gives contrl over hunger, thirst and generates a feeling of satisfaction. Contraindication: sensitive teeth, missing teeth, or dentures should practice Sheetali.
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Bhramari Pranayama
Relieves stress and cerebral tension. Allieviates anger, anxiety, insomnia, Improves voice. Creates a soothing effect on the mind
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Ujjayi Pranayama
Tranquillizer and heating effect. Relieves insomnia. Slows down heart rate and helps with high blood pressure.
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Bhastrika Pranayama
Burns up/ flushes out toxins. Helpful during labor. Stimulates metabolic rate. Produces heat, tones the digestive system. reduces carbon dioxide in the lungs, allieviates throat inflamation. Good preparation for meditation. Note: Should not be practiced by those with high blood pressure
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Bhastrika Pranayama technique 4 with Bahir Kumbhaka
Improves concentration and clarity of thought. Raises energy and increases vitality. May burn thru Karma.
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Kapalbhati Pranayama
Cleanses the lungs. Tones digestive system, balances the nervous system. Removes sleepiness. Note: Should not be practiced by those with high blood pressure, heart disease, vertigo, stoke, hernia or gastric ulcer. Not recommended during pregnancy.
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Moorchha Pranayama
Excellent preparation for meditation. Cuts distractions from the outside world. Alleviates tension, anxiety, anger and neuroses. Note: Should not be practiced by those with high blood pressure, heart disease, epilepsy, brain disorders Discontinue if faiting sensations are felt. Swooning not unconciousness.
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Surya Bheda Pranayama
Creates heat and counteracts imbalances. Allieviates depression and increases extroversion. Recommended if you are lethargic. Note: Should not be practiced by those with heart disease, epilepsy, hyperthyroid, anxiety, acidity or peptic ulcer.
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Become a pranalogist!
Learn and practice all of the Pranayamas listed above and share the benefits to those in need.
For personal training contact ~ Yoga in State College either online or by phone at 610-780-9821. Doug, or Gretchen will be happy to assist in your training. We recomend a minimum of 60 hours supervised pracrtice.
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