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So how do you get that prana inside you where it belongs? By learning pranayama, or yoga breathing techniques. Pranayama isn't difficult, but it takes concentration. There are many exercises to try. Following are a few. Experiment with each and consider incorporating a few of them into your yoga workout, between poses, before or after your workout, or whenever you need instant energy or calming.

You can practice breathing exercises just about anywhere, but they'll be more productive if you practice them in certain positions. All the following exercises will work better when your spine is aligned and your lungs are able to expand to their maximum, not when you're slumped over in a chair watching television. Let your body position make things simpler.

For each of the exercises, sit with your spine straight, on the floor or in a chair. Or choose one of the meditative postures from Chapter 17, "Are You Sitting Down?"

Lessons In Gnani Yoga The Yoga Of Wisdom

Lessons In Gnani Yoga The Yoga Of Wisdom

Students of Yoga are not only looking to reach peace within their bodies, but also their minds. The Yogi Philosophy may be divided into several great branches, or fields.

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