Yoga – deeper sleep and waking up refreshed

Yoga breathing is called pranayama, it allows prana or the life force energy to circulate throughout our body, relieve from insomnia, helps sleep, migraine, headaches, lowers the blood pressure, and massages the heart. We all know breath is life; concept of opening the nasal passages is a correct step to proper breathing.

In yogic philosophy one believes we are allowed a predetermined number of breaths for our time here on Earth. In order not to end our life prematurely, we must remember to keep our breath relaxed, and rhythmical. Breathing allows prana or the life force energy to circulate throughout our body. Many people use only 1/5 to 1/3 of our lung capacity, breathing only into the upper portion of our lungs. As we age, and acquire more stress, and tension in lives, our breathing becomes less, and less integral. The diaphragm is the major muscle used for respiration; the process of inhaling and exhaling. As the lungs fill during inhalation, the diaphragm descends toward the abdominal organs. During exhalation, the lungs deflate, and the diaphragm relaxes. Slow deep breathing allows for a good massage of the abdominal organs as well as strengthening, and toning the abdominal muscles.

The some forms of Yoga is the perfect complement to increase performance. From its core-building strength poses to its lengthening hip openers and challenging balance postures-not to mention all the calming, energy-giving breath in the middle-yoga not only improves performance but also helps prevent injury’s. The muscles that support our centre-namel the rectus abdominis, the transversus abdominis, and the obliques in the front and the erector spinae and transversospinalis groups in the back-are where we derive much of our power and spinal stability. Yoga employs the use of bandhas, or energy locks, to control the flow of pranic energy within the body. This ancient practice just so happens to engage very important muscles. Mula Bandha activates the pelvic floor, thus lifting the pelvic muscles to aid/support in force closure of the sacroiliac joint, to which helps stabilize our pelvis.

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