Pranayama Basics: Deep Abdominal Breathing Tutorial and Benefits

Feeling brain fogged? Anxious? Stressed? Then deep abdominal breathing is a technique you certainly want to check out!

Pranayama diaphragmatic Breathing
Pranayama For Beginners: Deep Abdominal Breathing

Deep abdominal breathing (also known by various other names such as belly breathing, brain breathing, equal breathing due to the fact inhales and exhales are kept equal in length, and diaphragmatic breathing) is the most basic form of yogic breathing.  

Many of us take shallow breaths from the chest area. This greatly reduces oxygen uptake, causing a plethora of negative effects on the body including, but certainly not limited to, anxiety, fatigue, and brain fog. 

When engaging in deep abdominal breathing, inhales are initiated from deep within the abdomen (or diaphragm), as opposed to the chest. When we inhale and exhale from deep within the belly,  inhales and exhales are steady, slow, and equal in length, turning on the relaxation response. When breathing from the chest, inhales and exhales are shallow and sporadic, and instead stimulate the stress response. 

Deep abdominal breathing is a basic yogic breathing technique that serves as a precursor to, or foundation for, all other forms of pranayama (methods of yogic breathing).

Simply put, this deeply relaxing yogic breathing exercise is filled to the brim with benefits that you don’t want to miss out on.

Benefits include 

-banishes brain fog

-switches brain from fight or flight mode to rest and relax mode

-enhances cognition and mental clarity

-reduces anxiety and stress levels dramatically

-helps stop panic attacks

-improves focus and comprehension

-increases oxygen uptake and energy levels both mentally and physically

-deep breathing also increases the body’s natural detox abilities significantly and rids the body of excess toxic “sludge”  clogging the brain and body, leading to brain fog and fatigue, thereby providing the amazing benefit of a clearer mind and more energized body physically. 

Let everyone know how this tutorial worked for you in the comments below. Will you be adding deep belly breathing or any other pranayama technique (if so, what kind?) to your daily routine? Is there another form of pranayama you already practice regularly and benefit from? What is it? Let me know in the comments below the video!

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