Many of these exercises can be found online and in various books. I have taken from my own experiences, what my Yoga teacher taught me, and favorite techniques as excerpts from books. If you have read through the entire Breath Series on this site, you now know how to do The Complete Yoga Breath and have learned many breathing techniques that are also healing. This section is about using breath specifically to heal.
NERVOUS SYSTEM STIMULATION
Ramacharaka revisedThis exercise stimulates your entire nervous system and sends energy to all parts of your body. The force you use with your fists will determine the extent of power you experience when you have completed this several times.
- Stand straight and inhale a Complete Yoga Breath (by now you have been to the first part of this series and learned this specific breath technique). Hold it.
- Stretch your arms straight out in front of you, but allow them to be a bit limp and relaxed with only enough nerve power to hold them there in front of you.
- Draw your hands back slowly to your shoulders as you gradually contract your arm muscles and clench your fists. By the time your hands reach your shoulders, your arms and fists are tight with a trembling feeling.
- Holding this tension with your muscles, push your fists out slowly, and then draw them back quickly (remaining tight and tense) several times.
- Exhale with force and vigor through the mouth. (This should sound like you are telling someone to shut up by making a powerful sh! sound with your lips as you expel all air out.)
- Follow this exercise with the Lung Cleansing Breath.
TO WARM YOUR BODY WHEN IT'S COLD OUTSIDEWhen it's cold outside and you feel chilled to the bone, breathe quite vigorously for a few minutes. This will warm your body sufficiently.
POWERFUL LUNG STIMULATIONThis breath exercise is so powerful and stimulates the lungs to such a degree that you shouldn't overdo it. You will see why here. If you get dizzy, wait a while before you do try it again.
- Stand straight with your hands by your sides.
- Inhale slowly and deeply.
- While you inhale, take your fingertips and gently tap on your chest all over from one place to another.
- When you have finished inhaling, use the palms of your hand and pat your chest in the same way, gently.
- Practice the Cleansing Breath after (see link above).
- Stand erect and inhale a Complete Breath and retain the breath.
- Bend forward slightly and grasp a stick or cane steadily and firmly, and gradually exert your entire strength upon the grasp.
- Relax the grasp, return to first position, and slowly exhale.
- Repeat several times.
- Finish with the Cleansing Breath (link given above).