Yoga and More

  Time tested technologies for health and well being.

Two examples of breathing patterns

Note: Before performing these breathing patterns, it is recommended that you receive instruction on breathing posture, natural breathing, and complete yogic breathing.  After learning these skills, and learning a particular breathing pattern from an instructor, you may practice the breathing pattern yourself and achieve the full benefits of what you learn.

Segmented breathing

Segmented breathing is dividing the inhale and/or the exhale in equal parts, suspending the breath momentarily between each part.

* 4 sniffs to inhale in, and 1 continuous exhale out, will have the effect of healing, energizing, uplifting oneself.

*  8 sniffs to inhale in, and 8 parts to exhale out, will have a calming, centering effect.

Breath frequency

Typically, Women breath 18 to 20 cycles per minute, and men 16 to 18 cycles per minute.

* At eight breaths per minute, relief from stress and increased mental awareness is attained.  The parasympathetic nervous system is influenced, and the healing processes is elevated.
* The One Minute Breath, 20 seconds to inhale, 20 seconds suspending the inhaled breath, and 20 seconds to exhale, dramatically calms fear, anxiety and worry.

It takes practice to go from Eight breaths per minute, to One breath per minute.