Calming Pranayama Yoga
This pranayama yoga class calms the nervous system using a series of yoga breathing exercises, including deep breathing (diaphragmatic breathing) - which combines the belly, mid-chest and upper chest breaths - and alternate nostril breathing, or Anulom Vilom. The alternate nostril breath is a challenging breathing technique, so don't be surprised if you find it difficult the first few times. This class is great to do before bed or when you need to relax.
I generally like this kind of breath work but I have to agree with some of the comments here that 12 seconds were a little too many for me. I stopped relaxing and became a little desperate to get through it. Maybe I should try a different class or fewer seconds.
I have restricted airflow on one side of my sinuses due scarring... any suggestions for the alternating nostril part of the practice when one side doesn't work so well?
Thank you. The first time I did this practice I was unable to maintain the breathing, but after four days of repeating the class I am able to do the entire exercise and have already begun to feel enormous benefits. Wonderful. Thank you.
12 seconds left me in a panic. I feel like when I attempt the three part breath I actually breath much shallower. I I usually end up yawning a bunch and feel slightly dizzy. What am I doing wrong?