DiaphragmThe lungs are elastic and expand when the diaphragm contracts during inhalation.The diaphragm is the prime mover for inhalation and exhalation.It divides the thoracic and abdominal cavity.Contracting the diaphragm also gently massages the abdominal organs.
What’s wrong with the way webreathe?Our breathing is too shallow and too quick.Shallow breathing does not exercise the lungs enough.We are not taking enough of oxygen and are not eliminating sufficient carbon di oxide.Oxy – starvedToxin – build up
Reasons for shallow breathingOur breathing follow our movement.The increasing stress of modern living makes us breathe more quickly and less deeply.We get too emotional too easily.Less physical activity.Too much of working indoors.Bad breathing becomes apart of our life.
The effect of shallow breathingIncreased disease - decreased vitality.We use only one tenth of our total lung capacity
Yoga and scienceThe ancient yogis knew the importance of correct breathing and developed various techniques not only to increase health and life span but also to attain super conscious states.Scientists also believe that a lot of people who have heart disease are really suffering from improper breathing.
Systems in-directly affected byBreathingNervous systemMuscular systemSkeletal systemEndocrine system
Systems directly affected byBreathingRespiratoryCirculatoryCardiacDigestiveExcretory
IMPORTANCE OF BREATHINGPHYSICAL LEVELMENTAL LEVEL
Benefits of Deeper breathing…physicalIncreased purification of bloodDecrease in ToxinsIncrease DigestionDecrease WasteImproved Nervous SystemImproves functioning the glands, producing chemical requirements of the bodyImproves Lungs capacity & resistanceReduces Heart load & makes Heart live longerControls Weight of the bodyRegulate Heat & cooling System of the bodyImproves Health & reduces weaknessOxygen to brain & mind relaxes
Benefits of Deeper Breathing…MentalIncreases thought powerIncreases Imaginative powerCalms the mindAnalyses the subject before usRemoves fatigueRemoves lethargyRemoves monotonyRemoves depression
Diseases of bad breathingLungs…Asthma, BronchitisHeart….blockage, AttackDigestive…Diabetes,Excretory… Constipation,Blood…cancer, high cholestrolBrain…Tumor, stroke, haemorrage,
Factors influencing BreathingFoodClothingShelter of Stay & workCulture of birth & parentsEmotionsActivityPollution
WAYS TO IMPROVE BREATHINGReduce Food levels, so that v get extra spaceB aware about ur postures of sitting, standing & sleeping…there shud not b congestion or contractions in the lungs by bad posturesPracticing Breathing Exercise
Objective of breathingpracticesTo normalize the breathing rate.To make the breathing slow, uniform, continuous and rhythmic.Bringing into action all the lobes of the lungs for full utilization.Developing awareness of breathing through the movementsof different parts of the body.
How yoga helps ?Proper breathing is the most important part of yoga.Which leads to better health, sounder sleep, less disease, a clearer mind and more cheerfulness.It slows the aging process and helps us feel light and supple.Improves the blood circulation.We can literally breathe away ills, tension and fatigue if we breathe properly.Proper breathing is the doorway to meditation.
Prana, the basic life fabric of the entire creation manifests itself in Pranayama Kosa in five major forms – Prana, Apana, Samana, Udana, and VyanaThe seat of thePrana ChestApana AnusSamana NavelUdana ThroatVyana Moves throughout the body
The term Prana in Sanskrit means a continuous movement which characterizes all these five Pranas. We use the definitions of these terms directly from Prasnopanisad.
Since the same term Prana is used at two levels of manifestation, we use the term‘Varistha Prana’ (the main Prana) for the basic life fabric. Varistha Prana Apana Samana Prana Udana Vyana
There are a hundred and one main Nadis (channels or tubes for Prana) in the Pranamaya Kosa. In each one of these there are 100 brahches which have 72,000 nadis each. And through all these flows the Vyana. Vyana governs the sense of touch and the flow of impulses in the nerves.
We have a total of 350,000 nadis throughout the body. Fourteen are principal nadis; three are the main nadis.Ida Also known as Chandra Nadi (moon energy) Begins at the root and ends in the left nostril and is associated with right brain activity - feminine energy, nurturing, intuitive and introspective.Pingala Also known as Surya Nadi (sun energy) begins at the root and ends in the right nostril and is associated with left brain activity - masculine energy, active and strong.Sushumna Nadi Agni (fire) - Central Channel located in the spine and runs from Mulandhara chakra to Sahasrara chakra -connects all the chakras. It is the power that guides us consciously or unconsciously to higher awareness - the path toward enlightenment.
The chakras are the subtle energy centers ofthe body. Like pinwheels, thechakras spin at the speed of light, emanatingthe colors of the spectrum, eachresonating with a particular frequency.These colors combine to form the aurasthat surround each of us, connecting us witheach other and with the cosmos. There are crucial points of energy that we use, whether consciously or unconsciously, to affect reality and allow us to fully experience and realize events that unfold before us. These focal points are called Chakras.
There are seven Chakras in the human body, which are located along the spinal cord of a human being and they have unique attributes and characteristics. Mooldhara, Swadhistana, Manipura, Anahata, Vishuddha, Ajna, and Sahasrara.