Breathing is the most important part of Yoga. Ability to practice mindful breathing can be a blessing as it helps you stay fit physically and mentally. Practice the following Pranayama exercises to declutter your mind:


  • This breathing routine is also known as ‘Breath of Fire’
  • Start by sitting upright in a straight posture with your legs crossed.
  •  Keep your neck and shoulders relaxed and calm.
  • Take a deep breath through your nose to fill your lungs with fresh air.
  • Now, exhale forcefully along with releasing a hissing sound. 
  • Do this for about 5 minutes or 21 times and try to practice this twice a day.  

  • This breathing practice is also known as ‘Lion’s Breath’
  • Start by kneeling on the floor with your arms placed gently on your knees and your ankles crossed. 
  • Your feet should be pointing out.
  •  Now, try to inhale through your nose and exhale through your mouth by opening your mouth wide and sticking out your tongue wide. Your tongue should be towards your chin. 
  • While exhaling, make a ‘ha’ sound and one must do this a couple of times and then relax. 

  • This practice is also referred to as ‘Breath Retention’ which is also its literal meaning.
  • Sit in the padmasana position by keeping your hands on your knees.
  •  Keep your spine and shoulders relaxed but straight in an upright position.
  • Inhale and exhale normally for a couple of times and then, inhale, hold it in for as long as you can, and exhale. 
  • Increase the time you retain the air inside your lungs gradually.

  • This breathing practice is also known as ‘Deer Seal Breathing’
  • Mrigi mudra is basically how you hold your fingers. So, curl your middle finger and index finger and press them towards the base of your thumb.
  •  Keep your other fingers stretched. Use your right hand for the mudra if you are a right-handed person and your left hand if you are a left-hander. 
  • Sit in padmasana and make sure your back, shoulder, and neck are in a straight line. If you are a right-handed person and have used your right hand for the mudra, bring your right hand near your nose, and with the help of your pinky to close your left nostril.
  • Inhale from the right then close your right nostril with the thumb to release from the left nostril. Try doing this about five times and then relax.

  • This breathing exercise is also known as ‘skull shining’
  • Sit in padmasana or in a comfortable cross-legged position.
  •  Maintain your spine, shoulders, and neck in a straight line.
  •  Keep your palms gently on your knees.
  •  Take a deep breath and release it out with a short contraction of your abdomen muscles. 
  • Try to do at least five exhalations for a single inhalation. Gradually, increase it to 10 exhalations per one inhalation.

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