Pranayama – The Ultimate Guide

An introduction to Pranayama, also known as yoga breathing. Find out how to do it, and why it’s good for you.


Prana-what-ya? You might know Pranayama as “yoga breathing,” and while yes, that is what it is, it’s also more than that. Pranayama is one of the Eight Limbs of Yoga, which is basically the guide to how yogis should live their lives. Lucky for you, there are lots of different ways to practice Pranayama, so you’re sure to find the kind that’s best suited to you. Some are great for beginners, and some not so much, but Pranayama is an integral part of yoga. You might have heard your yoga teacher say that yoga is about connecting movement to breath, and that’s very true. So to help you figure out Pranayama, we’ve put together your ultimate guide to yoga breathing with everything you need to know.

Getting Started With Pranayama

Right now, you might not even be that aware of your breath. But that’s an integral part of what yoga is for. It’s not just about fancy postures, but about bringing more awareness to every aspect of your life, and that starts with your breath. Right now, while reading this, try lengthening and deepening your breath. Inhale deeply for a count of four, and exhale slowly for a count of eight. See? You’re already doing Pranayama! Read more below to get deeper into this awesome practice.

What You Need To Know About Yoga Breathing

If you’re a beginner to Pranayama, don’t just jump in and try any of them. Some of these exercises are too stressful for an inexperienced person to try. If you want to build a strong Pranayama practice, go talk to your favorite yoga teacher. They’ll be more than happy to get you started! But until then, here’s some great stuff for you to know.

The Awesome Benefits of Pranayama

There are some major benefits to practicing Pranayama. From feeling more centered, to increasing your lung capacity, the possibilities are endless when you have a certain amount of breath awareness. Below, you’ll find some of Pranayama’s awesome benefits, so you can add a breath of fresh air into your life.

All About Ujjayi Breathing

One of the most common and accessible forms of Pranayama you’ll find in a yoga class is Ujjayi breath. When it’s done properly, it sounds like the ocean going in and out (or Darth Vader). It’s an awesome style of breathing that really binds your breath to your movement. If you’re curious about bringing this style of breath into your practice, you’ll find exactly what you need to know below.

Try These Different Pranayamas

Want to expand your Pranayama practice? Here are a few more how-tos! If you have any questions, take them to your local yoga teacher. They’ll know how best to help you, and if not, they’ll know someone who does.

More About Breath & Breathing

If you have any more questions about using the breath in yoga, or how you can use Pranayama to enhance your life, maybe you’ll find what you’re looking for below!

More About The 8 Limbs of Yoga

If you’re interested in the other limbs of yoga, you can find more information on them below. They’re great tools for enhancing every aspect of your life, and yoga is just a minor part! Check it out.