Long Deep Breathing is a cornerstone of Kundalini yoga. This yogic breath or pranayam has many benefits, here are just a few:
- relaxes and calms you as it activates the parasympathetic nervous system (rest and digest branch)
- increases the flow of prana
- reduces the build-up of toxins in your lungs
- stimulates brain chemicals to help lift depression
- cleanses the blood
- aids in quelling addictive tendencies
- Begin Long Deep Breathing by sitting with a straight spine. Expand the abdomen (open up the belly) as you slowly begin to inhale.
- Draw the breath through the chest and open up the rib cage.
- Continue to draw the breath up to the collarbones so that the upper lungs fill as well.
- Exhale and reverse the process; bring the navel point towards the spine as you complete the exhale.
If you feel any dizziness, stop and resume your normal breathing. With practice, Long Deep Breathing becomes second nature. It can be done anytime, not just during yoga class.