Ashtanga Yoga Talking: Pranayama

Ashtanga Yoga Talking: Pranayama, the inner breath..

Pranayama has origin from Prana (vital energy and Ayama (control). Pranayama is an action that learn us on how to control our breath.  By practicing Pranayama we can balance the body and also control the inner force that is stored inside. Most of the time we have this energy not flowing around the channels (Nadi). By practing pranayama we make the energy flowing better and this action it  clears the way of things happening inside our body. With Pranayama and the listening of the breath, we will understand our body. We can get close to find out why we feel down, not happy and also what is good for the Self, what is not good for the Self.

One Breathing technique: Anuloma Viloma

This Breathing technique consists in balancing the right and left part of the body (Ida and Pingala). By practicing this we can also release any thoughts in our mind and it works also to eliminate our different state of mind that we have in our daily life. This Technique it can be done in different way. I would explain the easiest way. First of all we need to say that this is possible to be practiced anytime. I always think that is nice to practice before Asana because it works as a filter for you to get you into meditation and be totally free of thoughts while practicing. 

To practice:

Sit in any sitting position that you are comfortable with to stay for short or long time and then make sure to have your spine and neck straight ( padmasana, siddhasana or vajrasana). You can practice by leave your eyes opened but preferably is suggested to close your eyes so it won’t be any distraction. The first way of practicing Anuloma Viloma is without retention. We always use the right hand together with the thumb and we can choose to use just the ring finger or the small finger.

1.    We start by blocking gently with the Ring finger  (or small finger) the left nostril and we inhale in a comfortable way. We won’t use our mouth and we won’t inhale too deeply.

2.    Then we block both nostril and we unblock the Ring finger and we exhale from the left nostril.

3.    After Exhaling from the left nostril we keep the right nostril locked and we inhale again from the left nostril.

4.    Then we block again both nostril and we exhale with the right nostril and we inhale again with the same nostril.

Practicing this is one round. 

 In the beginning is suggested to start with this Pranayama technique and try to get into at least 15 minutes of practice daily. Once you have achieved this, you can go over the next step and is possible to add the retention. The steps are the follow:

1.    We start by blocking gently with the Ring finger  (or small finger) the left nostril and we inhale in a comfortable way. We won’t use our mouth and we won’t inhale too deeply.

2.    Then we block both nostril and we practice the retention.

3.    Unblock the Ring finger and we exhale from the left nostril.

4.    After Exhaling from the left nostril we keep the right nostril locked and we inhale again from the left nostril.

5.    Then we block again both nostril and we practice retention.

6.    We exhale with the right nostril and we inhale again with the same nostril.

 Practicing this is one round.

The ratio to use for this practice with retention is good to start with  2 seconds of inhalation, 2 seconds of exhalation and 2 seconds of retention.  The more you practice the more you can improve.



A Yoga Teacher with the passion of Calisthenics. I've been studying Yoga in India and I got the 200Hr Certificate as Ashtanga Teacher. I have been curious always about free body workout and now I have abandoned weight already 4 years.



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