Yoga of Sound Breath
Definition - What does Yoga of Sound Breath mean?
Yoga of sound breath is a form of pranayama, or yogic breathing practice, that controls the breath and its vibrations to balance prana (life-force energy) flow through the body. It also harmonizes the five elements of earth, air, fire, water, and space. Yoga of sound breath even creates balance based on the time of day, the seasons, and positioning of celestial bodies, all with breath control.
This yogic breathing technique is also known by the Sanskrit name svara yoga pranayama.
Yogapedia explains Yoga of Sound Breath
The most basic yoga of sound breath practice is alternate-nostril breathing, a form of pranayama common to many different schools of yoga. In this technique, the yogi inhales through one nostril, exhales through the other and then begins the next cycle by alternating nostrils - in this cycle, the yogi inhales through the nostril he/she just exhaled from and exhales through the opposite nostril. More advanced yoga of sound breath exercises focus the breath away from and toward points inside the nostrils. To enhance the practice, the yogi uses mudras and different asanas.
The ultimate goal of yoga of sound breath is union with the higher Self, but there are many physical and mental benefits that include:
- Increases in oxygen in the blood and through the body
- Balancing of moods
- Energizing of the body
- Calming of the mind and reduction of stress
- Relief from cold symptoms
Yogis with high blood pressure or heart disease should skip yoga of sound breath. Those with breathing conditions such as asthma, emphysema and bronchitis should consult a doctor before practicing yoga of sound breath.