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5 Powerful Breath Work Techniques for Mental & Emotional Detox

Pranayama or Breathing Practices are an essential part of any well-being, yoga, or meditation practice.

Pranayama is the formal practice of controlling the breath, which is the source of our prana, or vital life force.

Human breathing is almost universally inadequate; virtually all people are suppressing large amounts of mental, emotional, and physical tension. The practice of Pranayama or breath work allows the detoxification of the body and the release of the suppressed tension.

Here are five powerful breathwork techniques for stress relief, Cleansing, Balancing Relaxation & Energizing!

Cleansing Breathwork: Releasing Negativity- anger, stress, frustration

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This pattern is very effective to release any negative emotions like anger, stress, frustration, etc. The judicious use of this technique restores balance within the human system.

Close your eyes, gently breathe in through the nose inhaling positive energy and blow out through the mouth exhaling negative energy or emotions, in the same rhythm. This cycle may be repeated until the desired state of balance is achieved.

EQUAL BREATHING: Stabilizing Emotions and relaxing mind to a receptive mode.

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This state is mind is very receptive to either additional information input or effective recall.

Close your eyes, inhale through the nose on a fixed count – 1, 2, 3, 4. Hold the breath for just a second and exhale through the nose on the same fixed count 4, 3, 2, and 1. Hold the breath for a second and repeat the cycle.

These cycles may be repeated for a maximum of 10 rounds at any given time.

RAPID BREATHING: Energizing and stimulating

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This technique is very effective for quickly energizing the human system. It helps to stimulate you when you are in a lazy or dull mood.

Take a deep breath and then breathe in and out in a very rapid manner, in short bursts. You may use a count of 1, 2, 1, 2… or so, ham, so, ham….as is convenient.

ALTERNATE NOSTRIL BREATHING: Restoring & Balancing

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Alternate nostril breathing helps to balance the energy flow between two vital energy meridians of the system, restoring the body to a state of balance. This state facilitates the awakening of spiritual consciousness lying deep within.

Place your index and middle finger between the eyebrows. Place your thumb on the right nostril and the ring finger on the left nostril. Gently close your left nostril and inhale through the right nostril. Next, close your right nostril and exhale through your left nostril. Now, inhale through the left nostril. Then, close the left nostril and exhale through the right nostril. Repeat this for seven rounds. Start the round by inhaling through the right nostril and terminate the round by exhaling through the right nostril.

ABDOMINAL BREATHING: Relaxing & Revitalizing

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This breathing pattern relaxes and revitalizes you.

Put your hand on the upper abdomen area. Now breathe into the abdomen and try not to move your chest. 

Note:

Avoid practicing these breathing techniques two hours after meals.

Avoid Rapid Breathing in the case of High B.P, Vertigo, and Epistaxis.


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