Kundalini Yoga Breathing Exercises

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There are many different breathing exercises that are unique to the Kundalini style of Yoga. Learn about Kundalini Yoga breathing exercises with help from a certified Kundalini Yoga and Meditation instructor in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Mia Haber from Yoga At The Raven. And, we're going to learn some breathing techniques from Kundalini yoga. We have many different breathing techniques in Kundalini yoga. The first very basic yogic breath should be done with the spine very tall. And, to learn it, take one hand onto your heart, one hand just below your bellybutton, the navel point, about a few finger widths below your bellybutton. Shoulders relax, see if you can close your eyes. And, begin to breathe slowly and deeply, inhaling through the nose, and exhaling through your nose. The breath will begin at the bottom hand, and fill all the way up to the top to the heart. As you exhale, reverse. Empty from the chest, and then down below. At the end of the out breath, glide your navel in and up towards the spine, away from the hand. And, relax again to inhale. The basic yogic breaths, slow and deep, from below the belly. Another basic breath technique that we use in this yoga is called Breath of Fire. It can be done in many positions, but we'll learn it sitting very tall. Again, you can just bring your hands into Guyan Mudra, tip of the thumb to the tip of the index finger. The breath is reflexive, in and out through the nose. Ideally, it's like this. Inhaling regularly, exhaling a little more consciously, pumping from the navel and the diaphragm gently. Chest is very relaxed. If you're new to learn this breath, you may wish to stick your tongue out like a puppy, and pant through the mouth. When you have that rhythm, close the mouth, and keep it going through the nose. Don't blow out your sinuses or push too hard. Should feel like you're sailing or floating. When you're new to this breath, take it a little more slowly. And, as you get comfortable, build it up. It's done in many postures in Kundalini yoga. It's a purifying breath, oxygenates the bloodstream, clears out toxicity, and builds lung capacity. If you ever feel lightheaded or dizzy, stop the breath, go to the long, deep, belly breath we just learned, and then come back into the rhythm. Once again, I'm Mia, and we just learned some basic breathing techniques from the practice of Kundalini yoga.

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