The Eight Kumbhakas of the HYP. Practices to enjoy, and practices to run a mile from. Surya Bhedana.
Practices to enjoy,
and practices to run a mile from
Ujjayi means rising victoriously. When practiced regularly the chest and torso remain up giving the practitioner a look of pride. Ujjayipranayama is the roots of yoga breathing techniques. It is the foundation of proper breathing and one of the most comonly practiced yoga breathing techniques. In Ujjayipranayama the body becomes a musical instrument. The ears and mind continually listening and fine tuning this instrument to create the perfect sounds during inhalation and exhalation.Ancient yoga practitioners believed that life could be measured by the amount of breaths that are taken. For this reason Ujjayi is used to lengthen the breath and lengthen the span of life.An unsteady breath leads to an unsteady mind therefore Ujjayi is also practiced to smoothe the flow of breath and harmonize the breathing rhythms.
“The air passing via tongue, cools the blood, lowering the temperature of the blood. This type of Pranayama removes excess heat in the body. Also the diseases like acidity, hypertension etc. This Pranayama harmonizes the secretions of reproductive organs and all the endocrine system. Also it improves digestion, lowers High Blood pressure, purifies the blood”.
Has a cooling effect, because the tongue is moist and a lot of evaporation takes place. This is the main way dogs cool down, although they are not so good at rolling the tongue! Good on a hot day or after a hot practice
You should exercise caution against the temptation of pushing too far in your initial practice of Bellows. If you have the tendency to push the limit, lie down when doing this exercise since there is a risk of losing consciousness and fall on the floor. Forced breathing makes you relaxed and revitalized. Excess in practice may induce dizziness, drowsiness and loss of consciousness. No harm can come from hyperventilation as long as you are in bed. If you happen to lose consciousness, your breathing pattern will tend to rectify itself and return to normal. Excessive ventilation results to lightheartedness, giddiness or a feeling that you are floating in the air.
Brahmari means Bumble bee. In this breathing practice your lips are supposed to be shut, and you are supposed to gently and smoothly make a sound like a humming bee in your throat. This simple practice is very helpful in making the breath smooth and quieting the mind.