Deep breathing can be practiced sitting, standing or in a reclined asana, although easy sitting postures are recommended. The preferred poses for deep breathing exercises are padmasana (lotus pose), vajrasana (kneeling pose) and swastikasana (auspicious pose).
Benefits of deep breathing are:
- Relaxes and calms the body and mind
- Engages the parasympathetic nervous system
- Promotes positivity
- Helps balance emotions
- Improves mental clarity
- Cleanses the blood