Starting your day with pranayama can help boost your energy levels. It can help clear up passageways in your respiratory system and improve circulation of oxygen and nutrients through your body. This way, you can get through your day feeling energized, inspired, and productive. Below are 2 breathing techniques that you can do in the morning.
1. Sama Vrtti Pranayama
Also known as the Equal Parts Breathing Technique, Sama Vrrti Pranayama helps bring equanimity to the breath. It also helps shift your nervous system into a state of rest and digest, and therefore helps reduce symptoms of stress and anxiety.
Practicing Sama Vrtti Pranayama in the morning can help you feel calmer and relaxed, which can be especially helpful if you have a fast-paced job or if you manage a busy household!
Here’s how to do it: find a comfortable seated position on your bed, chair, or yoga mat. Become aware of the rhythm and cadence of your breath. When you are ready, begin to inhale for 3 counts and then exhale for 3 counts. Count to 3 as you inhale and then count to 3 when you exhale. Try to count slowly and maintain a steady, equal pace of breath.
Continue with this for 1 or 2 minutes before shifting back to the natural rhythm of your breath.
2. Ujjayi Pranayama
If you practice Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga, your teacher might have taught you this heat-building breathing technique. Ujjayi Pranayama can help you feel warm and energized, making it a perfect practice for the rainy season.
Practicing Ujjayi Pranayama, or Victorious Breath, can be quite tricky! When you breathe out, you’ll need to constrict the back of your throat and create an ocean-like sound. Think a Darth Vader-like exhalation!
To practice this breathing technique, sit upright. Inhale and exhale naturally. Then, take a deep inhalation. At the top of your breath, close your mouth and constrict the back of your throat. Exhale slowly and deliberately, making that soft, hissing sound as you do so.
Continue this for 1 or 2 minutes, and then return to your normal breathing pattern.
Try these 2 breathing techniques that you can do in the morning! Just like any other practice, pranayama can be hard at first. Our yoga classes at Move & Flow regularly integrate pranayama before or after performing asana. To learn more pranayama techniques and how to practice them in your everyday life, book a live class with us or catch us On Demand.