Breathing Through The Nose

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No matter what anybody tells you, yogic breathing is typically done through the nose, both during inhalation and exhalation.

For traditional yogis, the mouth is meant for eating and the nose for breathing. Here are three good reasons to breathe through the nose:

  • Since you are breathing through two small holes instead of one big one, it slows down your breathing. In Yoga, slow is good.
  • According to traditional Yoga, nasal breathing stimulates the subtle energy center, which is located near your sinuses. This location is the meeting place of the left (cooling) and the right (heating) current of vital energy that act directly on the nervous and endocrine systems.
  • Your nose is the only organ able to properly prepare the air you breathe; mouth breathing leads to over-breathing, chronic hyperventilation, depleted carbon dioxide levels, reduced blood circulation and narrowing of the airways

 

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