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This week’s question: What is your favorite pranayama technique?

What is Pranayama. Huh??

Pranayama: (from Wikapedia) Composed from two Sanskrit words: prana meaning life force (noted particularly as the breath), and either yama (to restrain or control the prana, implying a set of breathing techniques where the breath is intentionally altered in order to produce specific results) or the negative form ayāma, meaning to extend or draw out (as in extension of the life force).

So…how do you breathe today?

Coral Brown: Nadi Shodhana is rhythmic and balancing and it sets me at ease

Girish: The nine healing breaths

Allison Sobel: Nadi Shodhana

Erick DuPree: Bhastrika, or “bellows breath,” is my favorite pranayama technique. This traditional breathing exercise helps increase prana by energizing and revitalizing the body. It’s a great way to start the morning.

Tymi Howard: Nadi Shodhana (Alternate Nostril)

Paul Dunn: My Favorite Technique for its simplicity and effectiveness for producing calm is Alternate Nostril breath

Natalie Levin: Three part breathing. I learned that this is called Viloma. I LOVE it. It helps me to quiet down and prepare to go to sleep. Ahhhh.

Erica Taxin Bleznak: Bhastrika

Maura Manzo: Nadi Shodhana

Joe Longo: Alternate Nostril breathing

Cara Bradley: I’ve been practicing Tibetan Yoga techniques for the past six months, which includes deep breathing associated with specific movements to clear energy channels. I find these techniques are extremely effective and rejuvenating.

Learn  more about different pranayama techniques with some helpful videos at


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