Thursday, 9 February 2012

Breathing Exercises & Music |

Breathing Exercises & Music Photo Credit pilates-breathing stretching image by Leticia Wilson from

Yogi Bhajan, founder of 3HO (Healthy, Happy, Holy Organization) teaches that the most positive changes you can make in your life is to breathe deeply and completely. It is the most effective tool you can use to develop increased awareness, health and vitality. In many ancient breathing practices, breath is considered the life force and the control of breath is directly linked to the mental and emotional state.

Alternate Nostril Breathing

This exercise is used to simultaneously energize and calm your nervous system. Using the thumb of your right hand, you close the right nostril and place your index finger close to your left nostril. You should fully inhale through the left nostril only. Then, close the left nostril and exhale through the right nostril. Continue, and alternate nostrils after each exhalation.

Breath of Fire

This technique is meant to strengthen your nervous system, purify your bloodstream and increase vitality. It is a quick, rhythmic, continuous breathing technique practiced with your mouth closed. You need to push the breath with the area located above your belly button. You should breathe from your solar plexus, just above the belly button rather than the lower abdominal region.

"Reveal" by Girish

"Reveal" is an appropriate choice to accompany your breathing exercises. With upbeat music and colorful arrangements, Girish's voice complements each chant. Rather than a seamless flow into one another, "Reveal" offers several distinctly different tracks to be used depending on your mood and chosen exercise. The range of musical styles and improvisational chants are sure to add interest and enjoyment to your practice. Adam Skolnick of LA Yoga Magazine says, "As a whole, 'Reveal' is an affirming, fresh take on traditional kirtan."


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