Yoga Breathing For Better Health

Proper Yoga breathing will enhance your life for the better. Though a skill hard to master at first. With a little practice you will reap the rewards of better health. Better sleep patterns will be one of the more important aspects of yoga breathing.

You don’t need to fall into the stress mode of life. You can use breath to relax, rather than stress, your mind and body. Yoga helps you to learn the natural way that your body and mind want to breathe in a relaxed mode.

Deep breathing is both calming and energizing. The energy you feel from a few minutes of careful breathe is not nervous or hyper, but that calm, steady energy we all need. Slow, steady, and quiet breathing gives a message to your nervous system.

Be Calm:

Whole books have been written on yoga breathing.

People are increasingly being convinced that yoga is good for general health, contentment and happiness in present day life and is not just an exercise regimen.

In this article we will discuss two types of yoga breathing one being Anuloma-Viloma (alternate breathing) pranayama the other a simple meditation breathing.

Pranayama simply means proper management of the vital force – prana.

Although the basic principle remains the same, many types of pranayama have been devised, each with its own unique technique.

Anuloma-Viloma or nadi shuddhi pranayama (nerve purifying pranayama) is one such kind and is considered one of the basic forms.

The method involves breathing in (pooraka) through one nostril and vice versa.

Therefore, this pranayama has the name anuloma viloma, i.e. alternate breathing.

  • To practice this, you have to sit in any of the yogic sitting postures.
  • To begin with, carry on normal breathing applying moola bandha (i.e. comfortable anal contraction).
  • Keeping a stable moola bandha, breathe in and breathe out completely.
  • Ensure that the moola bandha is not loosened during the process.
  • Pause for a while between breathing in and breathing out.
  • Breathe in deeply through the left nostril and breathe out through the right; then breathe in through the right and out through the left.
  • Continue breathing this way, i.e. alternately from left and right nostrils, for one to three minutes.
  • After reaching a comfort level in this way, you may move to the next stage.
  • Close the right nostril with the right thumb keeping the other four fingers together.
  • Now, slowly breathe in through the left nostril at a uniform speed.
  • Repeat with the other nostril.
  • While breathing in, raise the shoulders and expand the chest taking the ribs up.
  • The lower abdominal region, however, must be held in.

Simple breathing

Simple Pranayama Breathing:

  • Sit with your spine as straight as possible.
  • Use a chair if necessary but don’t slump into it.
  • Feet flat on the floor with knees directly over the center of your feet.
  • Use a book or cushion under your feet if they do not rest comfortably on the floor. Hands are on the tops of your legs.
  • Close your eyes gently and let them rest behind closed lids.
  • Think about your ribs, at the front, back, and at the sides of your body.
  • Your lungs are behind those ribs.
  • Feel your lungs filling up, your ribs expanding out and up.
  • Feel your lungs emptying, your ribs coming back down and in.
  • Don’t push the breath.
  • The first few times you do this, do it for 2 to 3 minutes, then do it for up to 5 to 10 minutes.


The respiratory passage is cleaned and this prepares one well for the practice of other pranayamas.

Breathing becomes easy and regulated.

The mind becomes and heartbeat rhythmic.

Also, aids in enhancing concentration, memory and other mental faculties.


Severe pain in abdomen, swelling on account of appendicitis, enlargement of liver.

Delicate bowels or intestines, disorders of the lungs, severe throat infections, growth in the nose (polypus) or blockage of the nasal passage due to cold, etc.

These cons are extreme cases.

As with anything one has to be mindful.

There would be in most cases more pros to yoga breathing.

Yoga with Adriene Alternate Nostril Breathing


To start with, set aside some time at least once a day if at all possible.

When you learn how good it makes you feel.

You’ll want to do yoga breathing as much as possible.

Just as one stressful situation goes into your next challenge.

Relaxing for a few minutes every day gradually carries over into the rest of your daily life and activities.

I would love to hear your thoughts about this post or this site in general.

I will answer all the comments on my website personally so drop me a line below if you have any Yoga questions or comments.

I’m happy to help any way that I can.


Namaste Shane.

Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purpose only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietitian before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.

4 thoughts on “Yoga Breathing For Better Health”

  1. I have never heard of prana before so that was interesting. I work as a coach so I am always emphasizing the importance of breathing, I know before interviews and stressful situations people physically stop breathing which is astonishing but such an easy a trap to fall into.

    I love the physical as well as the mental benefit you discuss and it has the pros and cons you mention as I have never thought of that but as you say mindfulness and awareness is key.

    The biggest challenge for me with this is getting somewhere convenient to do it and be motivated to do it. I am totally sold on the benefits and need to build up a habit. Any tips on that part are very appreciated. I will cerianly come back to learn and get some tips!

    • Hello Phil, 

      Thank you for taking the time to read my article. 

      Breathing correctly is key to many things in life. 

      Practice will make perfect.

      Namaste Shane.

  2. This article is very interesting and for me it is the first time I read about this technique.
    This breathing yoga would be very useful for me especially as it provides a massage to the nervous system and my mind can relax. 

    Now I think it also depends on the type of activities we do, because I work in a stressful environment and I always prefer such therapies and use them as recovery for me.
    Thanks a lot for this and i hope to see other interesting articles here.

    • Hello and, thank you for reading my post. 

      Appreciate the positive feed back.

      Hope this practice can help you with your stresses. 

      Namaste Shane.


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