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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Ayurvedic Breathing Exercises and Tips

Хатха -Йога Зимой
Breathing exercises are not difficult and it's possible to use them in any place that is why I like tOften they help to calm the mind, other times is necessary to use asanas, in some situations you need contemplation. In the most cases would be enough to control the mind. But because we are not able to do it normally, all these methods can help. Here some other advises I received today in a mail.
In these hectic times, especially as we approach the holidays, who couldn’t use an extra tool in their stress-relief kit – one that’s always accessible and free?meditation hi res.jpg The ancient sages from India recognized the breath as important for balancing and de-stressing one’s body, mind and spirit. Below are Ayurvedic breathing tips from Dr. Virender Sodhi, Ayurvedic MD, Naturopathic Physician and co-founder of R-U-VED , manufacturer of Ayurvedic herbs based in Redmond, WA.

Considered the “healing side of yoga,” Ayurveda is a 5,000-year-old healing science from India that provides a natural, balanced approach to optimal health according to each individual’s natural constitution, or “dosha.”

Ayurvedic Breathing Exercises:

Vata balancing –for those of the Vata dosha or during fall

(Vata’s can be anxious and absentminded and experience flatulence and constipation.)
1. Inhale through your nose, filling your lungs to full capacity
2. Hold the breath for three seconds, followed by a slow mouth exhale
3. Repeat this exercise 16 times, twice a day

Kapha balancing –for those of the Kapha dosha or during spring

(Kapha’s may feel sluggish, often experience respiratory conditions and gain weight easily.)
1. Bring your chin towards your chest and inhale deeply through your nose
2. Extend your head back and exhale through your mouth
3. Repeat this exercise 16 times, twice a day

Pitta balancing – for those of the Pitta dosha, or during summer

(Pitta's tend to run warm, get easily irritated and impatient and experience heated digestion.)

1. Open your mouth to form an “O” shape. With your mouth in this position, form a funnel with your tongue and place it between your lips*
3. Slowly inhale through your tongue and feel the breath reach your heart
4. Relax the tongue and mouth, and then exhale through your mouth
5. Repeat this exercise 16 times, twice a day
* If you cannot form a funnel, bring your teeth together and inhale through your teeth instead

Tridosha balancing – ideal for all doshas, any time of the year

1. Turn your head to the left and slowly inhale through your nose, filling your lungs to full capacity
2. Turn your head to the right and exhale through your mouth, repeat 16 times
3. Repeat the process starting with your head to the right another 16 times
4. Repeat this exercise twice a day
For more details on “doshas” and Ayurveda click here.

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