Breath is an integral part of our existence. We have taken it for granted that we don’t even pay attention to the pattern of our breathing. Most of us do not breathe correctly. A per yoga experts,¬† the root cause for every ailment that plagues human beings is the wrong breathing pattern adopted by us. In Yoga, breathing is a very important aspect. Breathing regulates your state of mind, your emotions, your concentration, as well as a variety of other things. Hence it’s important that we learn to breathe the right way which will in turn help us to be healthier, calmer and give us the ability to handle stressful life situations.
The correct way of Yogic breathing can be divided into 3 parts:
- Lower abdomen
- Middle abdomen
While inhaling gradually fill up the lower abdomen, then the middle and finally the chest. As you inhale push the diaphragm down. Exhalation should be done in the exact reverse way. Empty your chest first, followed by middle and then the lower abdomen.
As you inhale push the abdomen and let it come back in naturally while exhaling. Initially this will require a conscious effort from you but as you keep practice, this kind of rhythmic breathing will become natural for you.
But it has been found that 40% of the people today do not breathe in this way, rather they do it the opposite way. Breathing should never be shallow, always breathe deeply. Take in the air gradually filling your abdomen and lungs, hold the breath for a few seconds and then exhale slowly, emptying your lungs and abdomen completely.
It is not possible to adapt the proper way of breathing instantly but building up a practice little by little can get you there.
You will definitely feel a difference in you as you practice proper Yogic breathing. You will realize that your mind becomes calmer, more balanced, and you will be able to concentrate more fully and make better decisions.