“A yogi measures the span of life by the number of breaths, not by the number of years.” - Swami Sivananda
I always encourage everyone to dedicate a few minutes to breathing exercises whenever they’re practicing yoga because it’s an essential part of a healthy yoga practice and has immense benefits for people’s health, strengthening both the body and mind.
Did you know that the average person at rest takes about 16 breaths per minute? That’s 960 breaths an hour, 23,040 breaths a day, and 8,409,600 a year. Everyone takes breathing for granted but imagine what impact it could have on your body if you don’t breathe properly or you learn to use breathing as a tool for mitigating stress, finding balance and enjoying a healthy lifestyle.
The official name for the yoga practice that focuses on breathing techniques is called Pranayama.
Fun fact: Pranayama is a combination of two separate Sanskrit words (prana = energy, yama = control) and was designed to control prana within the human body through breathing techniques.
Yoga requires a lot of patience, strength and coordination. By focusing on breathing techniques, you’re soothing the mind, strengthening the body and improving overall balance and wellbeing.
Here are a few more benefits from mindful breathing:
· Improves digestion
· Strengthens lung capacity
· Balances your energy
· Increases mental strength
· Eases breathing afflictions (i.e. asthma)
With these positive influences on your life, it’s easy to understand why yoga practitioners dedicate years to improving their breathing techniques.
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