PRANAYAMA | DEEP BREATHING |
Pranayama will help you train and expand your lungs, improve detoxification of the organs, and increase mental relaxation as well as blood flow – all of these will give you energy and the right mind set for your following workout. Circulation and entire body muscles are stimulated, so the deep breathing is used for warming up. "Prana" means life energy, "Ayama" as much as control or expand. The more intense the deep breathing, the more energy for the 90 minute practice. So never skip #Pranayama
How to Do:
• Make sure to breath as slow, as deep and long as you can, to facilitate lung expansion.
• Keep your back straight at all time. This will be easier to achieve if you suck your belly in so that your rib cage protrudes a bit. Also keep your legs activated and squeeze your bum during the whole breathing exercise.
• Inhaling: As you inhale, lift your elbows up to the ceiling as high as you can, feel the stretch in your shoulders.
• Exhaling: As you exhale, tilt your head back slightly (no backward bending!), while keeping your eyes open. Keep shoulders should in line with your hips. Hips should be kept forward, squeeze your bum. Make sure to breathe out completely. This is very important because once you completely release all the CO2 in your lungs; you can inhale fresh O2 which is helping to utilize residual aveoli.
Finally, don’t worry if you feel a little dizzy during this exercise, or if you feel a slight pinch in the shoulder area. This is completely normal and indicates that you are doing it right.
Purposes and Benefits:
Strengthens: shoulders, deltoids
Stretches: ribcage, shoulder joints, intercostal muscles
• Expands the lungs to their full capacity
• Promotes mental relaxation
• Helps with high blood pressure
• Increases detoxification in the body and organs
• Helps with sleep disorders
• Decreases emotional pressure, anxiety and irritability
• Stimulates blood circulation and brings fresh oxygenated blood to every cell of the body
• Prevents respiratory problems such as bronchitis, emphysema, asthma and shortness of breath