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Nasal or Mouth breathing in Yoga. Know which is right!

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Hi everyone! I see there is a lot of confusion between nose and mouth breathing and some people recommend mouth breathing over nasal breathing. So, just thought of sharing this here to make it clear.

 

Proper breathing technique is a bridge between your body and your mind. Concentrating on the breath works as a nexus, a focal point to unite our awareness and action in common point linking all three.  

Breathing is fundamental in all kinds of yoga sessions because it activates the parasympathetic nervous system allowing the relaxation response to take over and helps in establishing more profound inner gaze and meditative state. Not only the nose should do breathing but also inhalation should be directed towards the back of the throat and it should be slow, even and measured.
 

It is extremely important to use nasal breathing in our yoga practice for following four reasons:-

1)      To center the mind. By focusing on the breath, drawing it out, it allows you to stay in a specific state of mind (calm and focused).

2)       To keep heat regulated in the body.

3)      Cooling effect on brain.

4)      It diminishes distractions and allows the practitioner to remain self-aware and grounded in the practice.  

 

In addition, we should not breathe out through the mouth, but exhaling should be done only through nose. When we breathe out through the mouth, we are wasting energy, even though there are some specific exercises in yoga where mouth breathing does happen.

Mouth breathing can contribute to the following: misaligned bite, bad breath, snoring, sleep apnea, and nighttime urination.

 Air exhaled through the nose creates back pressure when one exhales. It slows the air escape so the lungs have more time to extract oxygen from them. Therefore, it is more appropriate to breathe out through the nose.

 Moreover, breathing through nose allows the body to use its natural filtering system and following the nasal path, the breath flows in through the nose up through the brain, flowing down through the throat to the rest of the body up through the stomach out mouth.

 This is the body’s way of cleansing itself and providing the other nutrients of breath.

Therefore, Majority of Yoga poses promotes nasal breathing. So what’s the big deal in nasal breathing?

 

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Hello Freshyogi, Thanks for your information. I was wondering if you, or anyone, may know some good ways to describe Ujjayi Pranayama link here to people who may not be familiar with this type of pranayama.  The link does a good job but in yoga there is always more or different ways. 

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Anahata, good to share new ways!   I learned similar to the way in the article you linked, exhaling with my mouth open like "ha!" to fog a mirror, and then closing my mouth and doing the same action but exhale through my nose.

A new way I heard a teacher describe is to exhale a phrase, like "hello" or "good morning", and then try exhaling it again but with your lips sealed.  That simulates exhaling more slowly than the fogging a mirror analogy.

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I started mental health therapy long before yoga, and for breathing exercises in therapy I always breathed in and out through my nose so that's instinctively how I breathe in yoga. I'm glad I had begun practicing Ujjayi Pranayama before I knew what it was!

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