Yoga Breathing Practices may provide insights into valuable respiratory techniques and control of important variables.
These practices are intended to maintain optimum health--with particular emphasis on stress reduction--but have received little scientific attention. According to yoga tradition, the practices were developed by extensive personal experimentation and keen introspection of the results. The breathing practices, or pranayam, are one component of hatha yoga, which is intended to give one a healthy body and mind.
Reduction of hypertension and dramatic improvement of heart disease have resulted from integrated treatment programs that included yoga breathing practices. However, the roles of individual treatment components have not been delineated in these studies. A review of the scientific information related to yoga breathing practices may be useful for evaluating the role of breathing practices in these programs and for improving the practices or adapting them to special cases.
According to yoga tradition, certain breathing practices induce relaxation and calmness, whereas others are invigorating and arousing. In addition, certain practices are claimed to influence cognitive functioning of the brain hemispheres.
There are four basic types of Yoga Breathing Techniques:-
Dirgha Pranayama,Sukha Pranayama,Sukha Purvaka Pranayama,Vyaghrah Pranayama(the tiger breath)
Yoga encourages you to be more conscious of what is happening inside your body. Combined with yoga breathing exercises you develop a heightened sense of awareness and sensitivity about yourself and your immediate environment. As you learn how to breathe correctly you are empowered to stay calm, to return to your centre and refocus your energy when going through a stressful situation.