YMI 008: Introduction to Pranayama, or Breath Control Techniques, for Yoga and Meditation

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In this 8th session of The , , and Inspiration Podcast for Beginners, we take a small break from meditation to introduce you to , or the concept of .

There are various breath control frequently practiced along with yoga and meditation to help create calming, balancing, or energizing effects. Today we’ll start off your practice with a balancing breathing technique called nadi shodan, or the alternate nostril breath. 

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Session Summary:

Yoga and meditation are traditionally practiced quite differently in India from how they are often practiced in the modern Western world. However, there is one practice linked with yoga and meditation that remains unchanged and central to both: pranayama, or breath control.

In this session, I recount a story about my first “yoga” experience in India before digging a little bit deeper into the benefits of practicing breath control techniques. Finally, we’ll practice one of the simplest and most common forms of breath control used in yoga and meditation, known as nadi shodan, or the alternate nostril breath.

In this session, we also discuss:

  • What is pranayama?
  • What are some benefits of breath control?
  • A simple and balancing breathing technique: alternate nostril breathing

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Thanks so much for listening!

Please let me know if you have any questions about intentions or suggestions for a future session!

Finally, if you know someone else that you think we be interested in or could benefit from a simple meditation practice, be sure to send them this way. Warm wishes! Namaste,

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