Full breath retention- Kumbhaka Pranayama

Kumbhaka- We become a force to reckon when we hold ourselves together.

Yogendra Pranayama-VII- holding breath (Kumbhaka)

In this Pranayama, after deep inhalation, the breath is retained.

Starting position :

  1. Do preliminary conditioning in Sukhasana or any other meditative posture.
  2. If not possible to sit on the floor, sit on a firm chair with an erect backrest.
  3. Keep the body above the waist straight and the spine erect. Keep eyes closed.

Sequence of steps for Kumbhaka Pranayama:

  1. Make a short exhalation and then start inhaling – slowly and rhythmically in one long and unbroken inspiration.
  2. Continue inhaling until a sense of fullness is experienced in the chest.
  3. Retain the inhaled air for a period of 10 seconds (preferably double the period of inspiration).
  4. Ensure: No exaggerated movement of the abdomen.
  5. While sitting spine, head and neck is maintained erect.
  6. Ensure facial muscles relaxed and nose is unconstricted.
  7. Inhalation is slow and rhythmic – long, unbroken and without jerks.
  8. Now exhale as naturally as possible – gradually, avoiding jerky or hasty movements.
  9. Take few normal breaths and relax.

                                                                          Kumbhaka Pranayama (holding breath)

Recommended practice:

  • Practice daily, 5 rounds/session, with pause in-between rounds.
  • Begin with a count of 5 seconds inhalation and 10 seconds retention. Gradually increase it by 1 sec/every week, when practised daily.
  • Practice without strain to a count as per individual comfort

Limitations /Contraindications:

  • Children under 12 years should not practice.
  • Not recommended in serious cardiac and hypertension cases.

Benefits of Kumbhaka Pranayama:

  1. Hygienic effect on dead space air or residual air and alveolar air.
  2. Better ventilation of air happens.
  3. Favourable effect on intra-thoracic and intra-pulmonary air pressures.
  4. Increase in carbon dioxide level (due to retention) activates respiratory centre in brain leading to greater interchange of oxygen.
  5. Better oxygenation – improves health and concentration.
  6. Reduces strain on circulatory system.

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