10 to 15 minutes of each yoga class is dedicated to Breathing and Relaxation through Meditation.
Stress is an important part of life that evokes creativity and learning. It is the overwhelming stress that disrupts the healthy state of both body and mind. This is where breathing techniques help you to react in the way that is beneficial to the situation and you.
A variety of different breathing techniques can help you bring your nervous system back into balance by producing the relaxation response.
Anuloma Viloma Pranayama (Alternate Nostril Breathing)
Brahmari Pranayama (Feeling Vibrations through humming and Chanting)
Mudra Pranayama(Using different Hand gestures)
Kapalabhati Pranayama (Fast and Forceful exhalations to eliminate toxins)
Compartmental Breathing (Using all 3 zones necessary for breathing)
Ujjayi Pranayama (Breathing with a sound through your throat)
Sitkari Pranayama (The cooling breath)
There is no single breathing technique that is best for everyone. When choosing a breathing technique, consider your specific needs, preferences, fitness level, and the way you tend to react to stress.
The right relaxation or breathing technique is the one that resonates with you, fits your lifestyle, and helps you focus your mind and interrupt your everyday thoughts in order to elicit the relaxation response. In many cases, you may find that alternating or combining different techniques will keep you motivated and provide you with the best results.
How you react to stress may influence the relaxation or breathing technique that works best for you
Most of us find it difficult to control our mind.Our mind sways with various emotions; happiness and sorrow, anger and anxiety and is blown around like a balloon in the wind.
By training in meditation, we create an inner space and clarity that enables us to control our mind.
Such swinging of emotions arise because we are too closely involved in the external situation. By training in meditation, we create an inner space and clarity that enables us to control our mind regardless of the external circumstances. Gradually we develop mental equilibrium, a balanced mind that is happy all the time.
The first stage of meditation is to stop distractions and make our mind clearer and more lucid.
If we practice patiently, the otherwise incessant flow of our distracting thoughts is calmed through concentrating on the breath, our mind becomes unusually lucid and clear and we feel refreshed. Even though breathing is only a preliminary stage of meditation, it enables us to experience inner peace and contentment.
So much of the stress and tension we normally experience comes from our mind.
Just by doing breathing and meditation for 10 or 15 minutes each day, we will be able to reduce this stress. We will experience a calm, spacious feeling in the mind, and many of our usual problems will fall away. Difficult situations will become easier to deal with, we will naturally feel warm towards other people, and our relationships with others will gradually improve.
"You should sit in meditation for 20 mins a day. Unless you're too busy - then you should sit for an hour."