Breathing the Proper Way


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When we are at peace and in harmony with our self and surroundings, our breath is deep and in sync with the nature. A tortoise takes very few breaths in a minute and is at calm and lives a long life.

In anger or while working at a frenetic pace or breath is shallow. We hardly realise that such raid breaths puts our nervous and circulatory system to strain. A batsman faces a barrage of bouncers and short pitched deliveries and immediately we hear Sunil Gavaskar commenting take a few deep breaths to calm down. Is this because of his association with Satya Sai Baba? There apparently is a spiritual solution to every problem.

A little attention to breath can lead us on to the path of good health. In Yoga, there are several variations of Pranayama or deep breathing techniques which have an indelible impact on our health.

Prana is the subtle life force and Yama is control. A simple but a powerful breathing technique is Nadi Shodan Pranayama (alternate nostril breathing). Nine rounds calms the mind and body and one can then start meditating. Nadi Shodhan Pranayama is designed to bring body and mind in balance. To begin with the vital subtle life force is inducted into our channels (Nadis) and then it begins balancing the left and right hemispheres of our mind. The left symbolises logic while the right side of the brain defines creativity. This process of the breathing cleanses the body and harmonises our self.

How does the human body detoxify itself? Through breath, feaces, sweat and urination. Second we need proper exercise (yoga, walks, aerobics or going to the gym), rest and diet. Simple vegetarian food is ideal for the human body.

The secret of breath is amazing and Maharishi Patanjali in his Yoga Sutras has expounded on various tenets. Proper breathing releases tension, it is therapeutic for the respiratory and circulatory system, maintains body temperature, balances the hemispheres of the brain and beats heart diseases and reduces cholesterol.

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Humans scarcely appreciate that we hardly use 30% of our lung capacity by inefficient breathing practices. H.H. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar among modern masters has cognated the unique rhythmic breathing technique called “Sudarshan Kriya” (Proper Vision Process). This breathing technique harmonises our body and mind. And there are millions of practitioners across the globe who have benefited immensely both physically and emotionally by practising this breathing technique.

Guruji has further postulated that breath is like a string and our thoughts are like a kite. Through this breathing technique we can properly channelize our thoughts. And be in the present moment. Being in present moment is true enlightenment and is meditation. That makes our lives positive.


The author of this article isΒ Ravi Valluri.

24 comments on "Breathing the Proper Way"

  1. Dr. D.S. Murthy says:

    Thank you very much for giving a healthy technique of maintaining good health. The present day generation especially the software field employees should follow and implement this technique of yoga for better health, avoiding obese and criminal minded ideas which are causing difficulty in the surrounding society.

    Best wishes to the author.

  2. anil gupta says:

    I am a regular reader of articles being sent by your site thru email. in same series I read today’s article “Breathing the proper way”. but i hasten to state that all the articles just give a glimpse of the topics and the material in the article is cursory in nature. we expect researched articles from a prestigious institution like your.

  3. R P Naidu says:

    Good

  4. hk muralidhar rao says:

    Oh sir it is wonderful to learn the method of breathing and truly it is very effective if practiced regularly

  5. Rajaneesh says:

    Very nice article to be read by all of us.

    Thanks.

  6. Bijoylakshmi Das says:

    Yes, the amazing benefits of Nadi Sodhan Pranayama elongates your breath and cools down nerves too. Intake of food also reduces simultaneously giving you full energy for survival with even liquid intakes. Everybody must do it in order to derive physical and mental benefits. My rate of breathing per minute varies from 2 to 4 times per minute during waking state and my food intake is mainly juices of fruits only. I lead a normal life at this advanced age of 65 years.

  7. Enas Coutinho says:

    This is a very nice and help full article but it is not explaining the detailed method of proper breathing. I appreciate if you can circulate the article explaining the technique “Sudarshan Kriya” or similar to that.

  8. E.Balambigainathan says:

    Thanks for the article.

  9. Dr narender says:

    Very true and informative

  10. Bhavani says:

    Very well expostulated Mr Ravi Valluri.

  11. ram niwas agarwal says:

    THANK YOU

  12. S.Srinivasan says:

    This is a very necessary advice for all to keep ourselves in peaceful state. Thanks very much.
    Regards,
    anbil Srinivasan

  13. Arvind says:

    Thanks for the insight.

  14. Ravi Valluri says:

    To understand and appreciate the true benefits of Nadi Shodhan Pranayama and Sudarshan Kriya , it is strongly recommended that seekers undergo the Happiness Programme of the Art of Living at any center in your city and country.

    I will endeavour to provide further inputs in future articles.

  15. Andre Vaillancourt says:

    Mr Coutinho here and for free:
    SUDAR SHAN KRIYA

    20 SLOW BREATHS
    40 MEDIUM BREATHS
    40 FAST BREATHS
    FREE BREATH 1 MINUTE
    5 SLOW – LONG
    SHAVASANA

  16. Seetha says:

    Well explained.πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

  17. Suresh Alurwar says:

    I appreciate the email. I request little more details on nadi shodan Pranay.

  18. Bhagavat Pandya says:

    thanks it is very nice article to read and put in action for living better health. Thanks again.

  19. PADMANABHAM MANCHILI says:

    Breathing exercise vis-a-vis the spiritual term “PRANAYAMA” has unimaginable Health Benefits if it is performed for not less than 30 minutes during the time between 4.30 am also called “BRAHMI MUHURTHAM” and 5.30 am followed by “SURYA-NAMASKARAM” at the dawn. Most importantly the Pranayama of ‘POORAKAM, KUMBHAKAM and RECHAKAM” as taught by the YOGA guru and if performed methodically, systematically with timing gives guaranteed benefit of Good Grasping (Dharana or Grahana Sakthi), Cognitive power (Medha Sakthi) and enables the person to speak fast with punctuations.

  20. Nannilam Srinivasan Narayanan says:

    I am experiencing the effects of Pranayama and subsequent benefits. Highlighting this message once in a week will slowly reach many readers and down the level. Being one of the best remedies for many troubles of stress etc., I make a repeat request to publish the same every week.
    Nannilam Srinivasan

  21. Sankara Narayanan says:

    Most of us do not breathe properly.The author Sri Ravi Valluri has stressed the importance of deep breathing which should be adhered to every moment of our lives.By deep breathing we always give importance to inhalation and though we try our best to exhale deeply some air still remains in our lungs. How to exhale deeply can be demonstrated by the following method :Breathe in and breathe out normally through both nostrils and after you think you have exhaled completely, just open your mouth and exhale thro’ the mouth slowly and you will be surprised to note how much of remaining carbon=dioxide air comes out.Always inhale thro’ nostrils .Within a short period of time you will find distinct improvement in your health and welbeing. Breathing slowly will calm down your nerves.

  22. R SUNDARARAMAN says:

    plz TELL HOW ONE SHOULD PRACTICE BREATH CONTROL EXERCISES THAT IS IMPOETANT

  23. Prabhakar B S says:

    Jaigurudev

    Very well you have addressed the breathing technic. By attending the AOL courses one can personally experience the benefits of pranayama and meditation.

    Looking forward to more articles

  24. kishore venkumahanthi says:

    Itis very good article and really useful ., thank you for giving us amaging benifts

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