Ayurveda Breathing Practices for Beginners

September 14, 2018
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Ayurveda is a holistic method of medicine that has been helping people for over 5000 years. With that being said, there are many interesting facts surrounding Ayurveda that people are still unaware of. Did you know that there are many breathing practices you can adopt to relieve stress in your everyday life? We examine Ayurveda breathing practices for beginners, as well as give a brief history on the topic for those who are new to the Ayurveda practice!

Ayurveda rundown

While Ayurveda is known to be one of the oldest complete systems of medicine in the world, many are still only discovering it’s benefits today. With many principles to the system, it can sometimes be confusing or difficult to fully understand. In short, Ayurveda is a holistic method of treatment based upon five primary elements (space, air, fire, water & earth). Two of the elements are then combined to form what are known as ‘doshas’. For example, space and air combined is vatadosha. Each person has three doshas, with one being most prominent. By evaluating each dosha, you are able to understand one’s health challenges. Then you can proceed to deal with the problem. 

Ayurveda encourages incorporating these breathing practices into your routine to restore balance. It’s important to keep in mind that with each person having a more dominant dosha, that there are specified breathing practices for the dosha you most identify. You can find out what your most prominent dosha is with the help of AyurClinic’s medical professionals.

There are many medical professionals who practice Ayurveda in Melbourne currently. They can assist you in any area of Ayurveda that you would be interested in!

Take a deep breath in…

If you feel like the stress of everyday life is taking over and need a way to cope, you can test out some of these simple breathing techniques.

1. Nadi Shodhana Breathing

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While this alternate method of nostril breathing is best suited for those with a dominant vatadosha, it can be helpful for anyone looking to reduce stress. This type of breathing works to release physical tension, reduce stress and clear your mind. You begin in a comfortable, seated position and place a thumb over your left nostril, inhaling through the right nostril. Next, exhale through the left nostril, while holding your right nostril. This method is said to help unite the right and left hemispheres of the brain.

2. Sitali Breathing

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This breathing technique is said to be ideal for those who embody the pittadosha. This type of breathing is excellent if you’re feeling irritated or angry. Sit comfortably with your hands on your lap, facing upwards. With your eyes closed and lips sealed, breathe in deeply, running the tip of your tongue to the roof of your mouth lightly. Then exhale through the nose, allowing your tongue to return from the roof your mouth, back to a natural position. Continue this calming rhythm for a few minutes or until you feel like you’re in a relaxed state.

3. Sohum Meditation

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This method of breathing resembles that of an ocean wave. Start by sitting and placing one hand gently on your stomach. Breathe in through your nose deeply, breathing from your diaphragm and not your chest. Exhale slowly and make sure to pause for a few seconds in between each inhale and exhale. Completing a few rounds of this method will release tension and stress from the body and mind. It can be helpful to use this technique before any stressful event.

4. Bhastrika Breathing 

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Khapadosha’s are best suited for this technique that stimulates excess khapa. Breathing in this way will also help to alleviate any congestion you may be experiencing and should be done on an empty stomach. Begin seated with your hands resting on your lap. With your eyes closed and facial muscles relaxed, breathe in through your nose deeply, while you feel your ribs open. Then allow yourself to exhale fully and continue the process for up to 20 seconds. Return to your regular breathing pattern afterwards.

5. Sama Vritti Breathing

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This breathing technique places it’s main focus on breathing ‘equally’. Begin by inhaling for a count of four, then exhale for another count of four. Remember to breathe in through your nose and try to increase the count to six or eight seconds as you progress with this practice. This method can help you fall asleep, regain concentration or de-stress.

By putting these Ayurvedic breathing techniques into practice on a regular basis, you will be able to lower stress and get to a more peaceful state.

If you’re interested in Ayurveda in Melbourne, AyurClinic has a variety of treatments that will help you achieve a healthier you. Our experienced and licensed practitioners have dealt with a range of patients and their individual patients, getting them to where they want to be. Contact us today to get started with an initial consultation!

 


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Disclaimer: In any means, we, Ayur clinic team is not claiming to be a medical doctor neither we registered in the Australian medical board. The word doctor used here is only to represent or to refer the Ayurveda doctors recognized in India after achieving a Bachelor of ayurvedic medicine and surgery qualification. This qualification is recognized in Australia as a naturopath by Vetassess governing body. The information provided on this website is designed to provide helpful information on the medical subjects discussed. Information on this website should not be considered as a replacement for advice and consultation from a healthcare expert. This content or information is not meant to be used, nor should it be used, to diagnose or treat any medical condition. For treatment or diagnosis of any medical condition or difficulties, consult a doctor. The publisher and creator are not responsible for any specific health or allergy needs that may require medical supervision and are not liable for any damages or negative consequences from any treatment, application or use, to any person reading or following the data or information in this website. References are provided for informational purposes only. Readers should be aware that the linked websites listed on this website may change. This site does not recommend or support the self-management of health issues using the information provided on the website. Instead, we insist you to consult with a qualified Ayurvedic doctor for guidance. Information on this site is not comprehensive and does not cover all physical conditions, illnesses, weaknesses or their treatment. Contact your healthcare professional promptly if you have any health-related questions. Never neglect or delay medical advice based upon the information you may have read on this site.

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In any means, we, Ayur clinic team is not claiming to be a medical doctor neither we registered in the Australian medical board. The word doctor used here is only to represent or to refer the Ayurveda doctors recognized in India after achieving a Bachelor of ayurvedic medicine and surgery qualification. This qualification is recognized in Australia as a naturopath by Vetassess governing body. The information provided on this website is designed to provide helpful information on the medical subjects discussed. Information on this website should not be considered as a replacement for advice and consultation from a healthcare expert. This content or information is not meant to be used, nor should it be used, to diagnose or treat any medical condition. For treatment or diagnosis of any medical condition or difficulties, consult a doctor. The publisher and creator are not responsible for any specific health or allergy needs that may require medical supervision and are not liable for any damages or negative consequences from any treatment, application or use, to any person reading or following the data or information in this website. References are provided for informational purposes only. Readers should be aware that the linked websites listed on this website may change. This site does not recommend or support the self-management of health issues using the information provided on the website. Instead, we insist you to consult with a qualified Ayurvedic doctor for guidance. Information on this site is not comprehensive and does not cover all physical conditions, illnesses, weaknesses or their treatment. Contact your healthcare professional promptly if you have any health-related questions. Never neglect or delay medical advice based upon the information you may have read on this site.


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