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Yoga Breathing Routine By Baba Ramdev - Yoga Pranayama, Kapalbhati And Its Technics Explained

Updated on April 21, 2016
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Rajan is a botany and chemistry major. He has worked as a poultry breeder for 23 years breeding layer and broiler parents.


About yoga

There are six branches of yoga. That which is commonly known as yoga today is actually Hatha yoga or the yoga of postures, the most popular, familiar and commonly practiced form of yoga today, especially in the West.
Hatha yoga is one of the six branches of yoga.
Hatha yoga has 3 arms to it namely :

  • Yoga asanas - the yogic physical postures.
  • Pranayama or yoga breathing.
  • Meditation.

This hub is about yoga breathing or Pranayama.

What Is Yoga Breathing

Yoga breathing is called Pranayama in India . It is, simply, controlled breathing or breathing done the yoga way.

The yoga breathing techniques or routines outlined and explained here are as described and suggested by Swami Ramdev, India's most popular yog guru.

Yoga practitioners till about 2 decades back kept yoga techniques mystified in wraps and propagated the view that yoga should be done only under the vigil of a trained yoga guru. This attitude kept the benefits of yoga away from the common man who found it difficult to find a guru to either take individual lessons or practice it in a group due to a number of reasons.

Swami Ramdev, India's most popular yog guru today, demystified yoga and brought it within the reach of the common man. To him goes the credit of starting free yoga camps all over the country with a view to make available to the public, a much tested and tried ancient health practice - YOGA. By broadcasting the entire proceedings live on television every morning, he managed to bring yoga into the daily life routine of millions of people. He simplified the techniques and outlined the procedure, the do's and don'ts and the rest, by a live, practical demonstration, himself.

Yoga is not a religion but a way of life. A way to physical, mental and spiritual upliftment and benefit.

Within yoga itself, there are many practices for improving health to attaining moksha- becoming one with God. Herein, I will concentrate on one such practice for remaining healthy or for attaining freedom from disease and keeping healthy, that is yoga breathing or pranayama.

Yoga Breathing or Pranayam Rules

  • Select a calm, quiet and clean place to practice the pranayam routines.
  • In polluted areas, light a lamp of ghee before hand at the place to be used for performing pranayam.
  • One can sit in the lotus pose or crosslegged. If this is not possible one can even sit on a chair. Sit erect normally.
  • Always breathe through the nose.
  • Keep calm and cheerful and don't be in a rush to finish the routines,
  • Take rest in between pranayam or different routines if you feel tired or do alternating light exercises.
  • Eat simple pure food. Milk, ghee, almonds and fruits are beneficial in moderate amounts.
  • Do not forcibly hold the breath during pranayama. Practice pranayama slowly with moderate effort and without hurry.
  • It is beneficial to do OM chanting before starting pranayam though this is not a compulsion.
  • Bath can be taken before or 15 minutes after finishing pranayam.
  • Juice or light food can be taken 15 minutes after completing the routines.
  • Avoid tea, coffee or other stimulating drinks immediately after pranayam.
  • Avoid heavy, fried and fatty foods. Milk, curd, buttermilk, fruit juice, green vegetable juices and fruits like papayas, apples, guavas and cherries are healthy food choices.
  • Take sprouted seeds and grains, porridge or some easily digestible food after pranayama.
  • On awakening in the morning, the first thing is to drink water and wash the eyes with cold water. this benefits the stomach and eyes.
  • Pregnant women should doing Kapalbhati, bahya and agnisaar routines. The other routines are also to be performed gently.
    During menses, except for the Bahya routine, other routines can be performed gently.
  • Persons with heart disease and high blood pressure must do all the pranayams, very slowly and gently without force.
  • Kapalbhati can be started 4 to 6 months after any surgical operation. In case of Byepass and angioplasty, one can do Anulom Vilom, Bhramri, udgeet afer a week but very gently.
  • Between breakfast and lunch drink water once while between lunch and dinner drink small quantities, several times. This prevents diseases of the digestive and urinary system, obesity and cholesterol problems.

The 8 Breathing Routines Or Exercises

The pranayam or yoga breathing techniques as taught by Swami Ramdev, consist of 8 breathing routines. They are :

  • Bhastrika
  • Kapalbhati
  • Anulom Vilom
  • Bahya
  • Agnisaar
  • Bhramri
  • Udgeet
  • Ujjai

The video below is an excellent video explaining the pranayam techniques in detail. Though this is a lengthy video, it is excellent for those who are interested in pranayam and either want to make a beginning, want to know the correct method of performing pranayam or take a refresher course.
Lot of other do's and don'ts and other valuable information is contained in this video.
The video has been dubbed in English, making it very useful for those who do not know Hindi.

This video will enable you to see for yourself how to do yoga breathing or pranayama correctly.

Also, the 8 pranayams or yoga breathing techniques have been dealt with individually below, each with an accompanying video clip. Though this clip has audio in hindi it will benefit the reader as he can see how exactly the visual corelates with the written explanation.

Pranayam Explained & Practically Demonstrated By Swami Ramdev

Bhastrika Pranayam

The 8 Yoga breathing Or Pranayam Techniques Explained

Yoga breathing or pranayama can be done in any comfortable posture like padmasan or the lotus pose, sukhasan or sitting cross legged or even sitting on a chair.

1. Bhastrika Pranayama

Sit in any comfortable posture..
Breathe in through the nose and fill air up to the diaphragm. Then slowly breathe out.
Do it at a constant pace and rhythm about 12 times a minute. This makes for inhaling and exhaling every 5 secs.
One can start off with a minute or two initially and as one gets used to it can increase it to 5 minutes a day. Initially, one can take rest in between, if need be, a few times.
Healthy or slightly sick persons can do it for 5 minutes daily.
Those with serious diseases like cancer etc must do it for 10 minutes daily split in 2 sittings of 5 minutes each, morning and evening.


  • People with high blood pressure and heart disease should only do it at slow speed and gently.
  • Do not fill stomach with the air you inhale. Fill only up to the diaphragm
  • In summer do it slowly

The Benefits

  • All diseases due to kapha, like colds, allergy, TB, asthma, sinus, catarrh etc are corrected. Lungs become strong.
  • Throat disease like thyroid and tonsillitis are overcome.
  • Blood is purified since toxins are removed. The 3 doshas get balanced.

Kapalbhati Pranayam

2. Kapalbhati Pranayama

Kapal means forehead and bhati is glow or radiance. Therefore doing this pranayama makes the forehead glow.
Kapalbhati is slightly different than Bhastrika.
In Bhastrika, equal force is applied during inhalation and exhalation, while,
In Kapalbhati, the exhalation is forceful and predominant. the inhalation is naturally automatic.
The emphasis in this breathing routine is only on exhalation while the inhalation ia a natural corollary to the exhalation.
Kapalbhati exerts a pressure on the pelvic plexus, hypogastric plexus and the solar plexus due to the contraction and expansion of the abdomen.


  • Sit in a convenient position with the arms outstretched and resting on the knees and the fingers as in the Gyan mudra.
  • Start off with a forceful exhalation. The abdomen automatically should get pushed in as it naturally happens when we cough (cough and see for yourself how your abdominal muscles react).
  • After the breath is fully exhaled the inhalation is natural and shallow. It should not be forced.
  • The exhalation and the following inhalation makes 1 stroke.
  • The entire focus in this pranayama is on forced exhalation. Apply medium force while exhaling.

Kapalbhati should be done at a speed of 60 strokes a minute thus completing 300 strokes in 5 minutes at a stretch, the minimum time kapalbhati should be done for full benefit. Initially, one can take rest after a minute or two or when tired but one can do a 5 minute kapalbhati, without a break,in about 15 days.

After a long practice one can do kapalbhati for 15 minutes at one go.
Healthy people and those slightly ill should do kapalbhati for 15 minutes daily, once a day, 5 minutes at a time. This makes a total of 900 strokes for kapalbhati.
People with serious diseases like cancer, infertility. cysts, hepatitis etc should do kapalbhati for 1/2 hour daily or better still 1/2 hour twice a day.


  • It benefits in diseases like asthma, allergy, sinusitis and other respiratory diseases.
  • Diseases of the heart, lungs and brain are corrected.
  • Relieves obesity, diabetes, flatulence, constipation, acidity, kidney and prostrate problems.
  • Reduces abdominal fat, clears blocked arteries.
  • Benefits & improves the functioning of the liver, spleen, intestines and pancreas.

Anulom Vilom Pranayam

3. Anulom Vilom Pranayama

It is basically breathing alternately through both the nostrils.

Sit in your preferred position with the arms outstretched and fingers as in gyan mudra.
Raise the right hand and close the right nostril. Inhale through the left nostril in an easy flowing jerk free movement, at normal speed.
On completing the inhalation, close the left nostril with either the ring finger or the middle finger and exhale through the right nostril.
Then inhale again through this nostril, the right one and exhale through the left nostril.
This makes 1 full breath or set.
In this way the breathing has to be carried on without stopping, in an easy rythmic flow maintaining normal force while inhaling or exhaling.
One may get tired after taking a few breaths initially as one is not used to it or may feel slightly giddy because of the rush of extra oxygen to the brain.
If so, rest for a while till you feel better and start again.
Start off by doing it for 2 minutes initially and slowly increase to 5 minutes a day over a period of some weeks.
One can do it for 15 minutes if one is healthy or having minor problems. In cases of cancer, psoriasis, kidney diseases etc it can be done for 30 minutes.


  • It cleanses all the energy channels which run into billions in number. Thus the body becomes perfectly healthy and strong.
  • One is relieved of the diseases of the bone and joint system, urinary system, digestive system, respiratory system and other systems.
  • Blockages in the arteries are removed. HDL, LDL and triglycerides levels are normalised.
  • In fact, all diseases of the body are removed.

Bahya Pranayam

4. Bahya Pranayam

Sit in your preferred position with the arms outstretched and the fingers in gyan mudra.
Forcefully exhale as much of the breath as you can in one go.
The stomach will go in. With the stomach in, apply the 3 bandhs - mulabandha, uddiyana bandha and the jalandhar bandha simultaneously.
Keep the breath out as long as you are comfortable.
When breathing in, release the bandhs gently. Now, without taking a pause, exhale again. This completes 1 round.
The inhalation and exhalation should be for 3 to 5 secs while the holding of breath out should be for 10 to 15 secs. One round therefore, takes about 20 to 25 secs.
A total of 2 minutes with 5 rounds of bahya pranayam is sufficient daily.
Initially one can take a breath or two in between 2 rounds if one is tired.


  • It corrects digestive problems and improves digestion.
  • It is very useful in male and female sexual disorder.
  • It makes the brain sharp and cleanses the body.

The 3 Bandhs and the method to apply them, are given below :

How To Apply The 3 Bandhs

The 3 bandhs are :

1. Jalandhar Bandh

Sit in the preferred position. Rest arms on both knees and fingers in Gyan mudra.
Breathe out and hold, then bend chin towards the chest.
Rest the chin on the throat pit below the Adam's apple.
Keep your gaze between the eyebrows.


It benefits in throat diseases, thyroid, tonsils and enhances the voice quality.

2. Uddiyan Bandh

Sit as above.
Breathe out and hold. Simultaneously pull the stomach in.
Keep the body straight and chest raised and apply the jalandhar bandh.


All stomach diseases are relieved.

3. Mula Bandh

Sit in your preferred position.
Exhale with the stomach going in.
Pull up the anus and the urinary organ.
This way the area below the navel gets pulled up and in.


It relieves constipation and piles.
The digestive system is toned.
It helps in maintaining celibacy.

Applying all the 3 bandhs together, in sitting posture, is also called Maha Bandh.

Bahya Pranayama And Agnisaar Pranayama

5. Agnisar Pranayam

Sit in the preferred posture with the arms on knees and the fingers in Gyan mudra.
Breathe out and simultaneously pull the stomach in.
Now hold the breath out and perform rapid in and out motion of the stomach for 10 to 15 secs.
Breathe in again.
Repeat 3 to 5 times in this way.


This pranayam helps to correct all problems related to digestion and elimination.
Gives a good massage to the internal abdominal organs like the kineys, liver etc.

Bhramri Pranayam

6. Bhramri Pranayam

Sit in the preferred posture with the arms and fingers as before.
Inhale deeply and completely.
Raise the hands and rest the middle fingers of both the hands at the base of the nose bridge, near the eyes.
With the thumbs close both the ears from outside. Close the eyes.
Breathe in through both the nostrils and then exhale by resonating OM in slow speed.
This is one set.
Repeat inhalation and exhalation without stopping.
Do 5 to 7 sets without stopping.
It will take about 3 minutes.


  • It is a good stress buster.
  • It improves concentration and helps in meditation.
  • It benefits in high blood pressure, heart diseases etc.

Udgeet Pranayam

7. Udgeet Pranayam

Sit in the preferred posture.
Inhale deeply through both the nostrils for 3 to 5 secs.
Exhale completely by chanting OM in 15 to 20 secs.
Do this 7 to 10 times in about 3 to 5 minutes.
In incurable diseases and for meditating better do for 5 to 10 minutes.


  • Benefits in giving relief in incurable disease.
  • Helps in meditation.
  • It is a safe, gentle and harmless pranayam.

Ujjai Pranayam

8. Ujjai Pranayam

Sit in your preferred posture.
Constrict the throat muscles while inhaling so as to make a sound.
After the inhalation is complete exhale through the left nostril while keeping the right nostril closed with the thumb.

Initially, one should inhale and exhale without a pause. Once one is used to this practice, hold the breath for the same amount of time as taken for inhalation and then exhale.


  • It relieves cold, cough, thyroid problems, heart problems, tonsilitis, insomnia, snoring, stress, high blood pressure, asthma, lung diseases, rheumatism, TB, spleen disorders etc
  • It also corrects lisping problems in children.


The information provided in this hub is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult your physician, or health care provider before taking any home remedies or supplements or embarking on a new health regime.


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      Dicki Wiranata 14 months ago from ID

      in indonesia yoga is not familiar but its Very Inspiring , i write yoga like you brother

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 19 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      wiserworld, glad you like the info on pranayama. Thanks for watching the videos and happy that you found them inspirational.

      Hope this inspires you to start practicing pranayama.

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      wiserworld 19 months ago

      Thanks for sharing all of the useful tips on yoga. The videos were very inspiring!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 22 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Thanks, Jo Lim.

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      Jo Lim 22 months ago

      Great and detail article. I'm going to start practising it with meditation. Thanks for writing.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 2 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Vijay, Glad you could benefit from the article and the videos. Thank you.

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      Vijay 2 years ago

      ooh wow ! its amazing & very helpful for me bcz i m doing pranayam everyday but after reading this hub & watching videos daily i ws doing small mistakes now i clear everything will do properly so thanx to rajan sir for this information.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      @ nain - yes it does but do them slowly without force.

      @ sandeepkumar - Do pranayama, then asanas and then meditation after a while.

      @preeti - thanks for appreciating the information and of course visiting my article.

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      preeti 3 years ago

      Amazing & explained very thoroughly. Have saved the page to come back & read so many informative to apply. Thanks so much rajan sir.

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      what to do first in morning -

      asans and then pranayam and then meditation

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      nain 3 years ago

      Hello sir, does pranayam help in problems of dizziness vertigo?

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Pranayama does help with respiratory problems Shikha!

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      shikha 3 years ago

      Sir,have you seen any example of someone curing chronic sinus through pranyama?

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      At least 5 hours after taking food Simi.

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      simi 3 years ago

      After how many hours we can do this pranayama after taking food?

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Thanks for the info Neha!

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      Neha 3 years ago

      Good information here about Yoga. I believe that Yoga supplies numerous advantages for the body, mind and spirit. If you have just inclined your mind to practice yoga then first you need to take some suggestions from yoga experts or join yoga classes. It is possible to also join Ramdev Baba Yoga Shivirs which are numerous times organized in India and sometimes in aboard. You'll be able to call personally and ask about their systems and schedules.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Purple it is difficult to say if it will be effective in such a short span of time but there is no harm in doing it for ever so why do it just for 20 days?

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      Purple08 4 years ago

      Sir, if someone is sufferening from breast cancer ( the lump is small ) and does pranayam, then is it effective within 20 days or so?

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Ravindra, all the pranayam exercises have been explained with videos in this article. Just go through it carefully.

      Thanks for reading.

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      Ravindra kumar 4 years ago


      I have alopecia areta in my scal hair and skin itching problem since three year, i m having homoeopathic medicine for this alopecia but once cured afterthat other patches again generated. Kindly send the pranayam details for this skin itching and alopecia areata. I would say in davance thanks a lot for the kind help

      Kind Regards

      Ravindra Kumar


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      Manish 4 years ago

      Hi Rajan, do you know whether Microwaves emit any harmful radiation and pranayama if practised in the close vicinity can harm the body in any way.

      This question might be totally irrelevant but with so much contradictory information on microwaves I am not sure whether they are safe to use and if not does it affect your yoga and pranayama practice.

      Any advice on whether or not one should use the microwave for cooking. May be this calls for a separate article from you on this subject and I would certainly find it very useful. Many thanks.

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      pranesh 4 years ago

      Nice narration of the techniques. Is this the right sequence for all these breathing techniques. WHat is the significanace to maintain those sequence.

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      Vandana 4 years ago

      I had hypothyroid for the last 5 years and had been taking the pills and it was as it is. After knowing that Ujjai Pranayam can cure any type of thyroides, I quit taking pills for the last 1 yr. and started doing Ramdev's Ujjai pranayam just to see the results whether it works for me or not. When my doctor knew this she made a big face and told me that I should not take such risks and sent me for the check up. The results were amazingly normal and I was cured. I still do Ujjai pranayam in my daily routine along with Kapalbhati etc. And I am healthy.

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      Satori 5 years ago

      Why people do not write here what benefits they have from practicing pranayama? Why nobody gives a feedback about this exercises? Anyone doing them?

      Btw I did all of them today as explained here on this page.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Radhika - glad you like this pranayama hub. I've been doing this and find it very useful. I hope you also do pranayama regularly.

      Thanks for reading and sharing and also for the votes.

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      Radhika Sreekanth 5 years ago from Mumbai,India

      I learned a lot about Pranayama through this hub. I do Swasanakriya to get control over breathing, whenever time permits. A glorious hub on Pranayama.

      Voted up, useful, beautiful and interesting. Sharing as well.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      tmouse, that is a very useful feedback. I do this myself and find it to be very energizing.

      Appreciate the visit and comments.

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      tmouse1 5 years ago

      Thank you for this hub!

      When I was in my 20's, I took a class called "meditation breathing", and it taught the same principles covered in your hub. I can honestly say that it was the best education in exercise I've ever received. I work out a lot and knowing how to control my breathing has been key to my progress.

      I tried Bikram once (I wrote a hub about it) and the experience was not so great. Perhaps if I focused on my breath more closely, the class would have turned out a bit better for me. :)

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Thanks for reading Jayshree. Wish you good luck.

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      JITENDRA 5 years ago from INDIA

      a very nice article is the solution of all problems...i am facing problem in my waist i am also planning to start yoga

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Thanks for visiting soumyasrajan and for leaving your comments too.

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      soumyasrajan 5 years ago from Mumbai India and often in USA

      very nice article with quite complete info - will be very useful for me and others Rajan.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Audrey, thanks for this confirmation of the benefits of yoga breathing. Thanks for sharing it as well.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      This is such a great hub! I use kapalbahti all the time in singing to energize the breath--and to help teach inhalation as "breath arriving" rather than a gasped inhalation--wonderful--sharing this everywhere

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Thanks sweetie!

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      sweetie2 5 years ago from Delhi

      Yog is very old indian health thing for keeping body and mind . Very nicely explained asans by you Rajan.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Thanks a lot HealthSeek. I wish you the best. I do hope reading about the nutrient these natural foods offer will help you to formulate a plan to incorporate those that you find useful for your health.

      Thanks very much for reading my hubs.

      Best Regards

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      HealthSeek 5 years ago

      Hi Rajan, it was lovely speaking to you today. I love your hub and reading up on important compounds in foods on your other sites. I will contact Swami Ramdev's in the hope someone can help with those questions.

      Totally with you about boosting immunity and antioxidants by foods.

      Thank you for your input, and invaluable info on your sites. Cools sites on important compounds in foods and spices.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      HealthSeek, it was a pleasure talking to you today. As I said it will be beneficial for you to contact Swami Ramdev/ for your problems.

      I believe you need to boost up your immunity levels while simultaneously taking measures to boost up on antioxidant levels in your body, not by way of any medications or supplements but by going in for natural healthy foods that you can take on a regular basis based on a daily routine. This should be undertaken in consultation with your doctor.

      I wish I had a more specific answer to your problems. I wish you good health and take care.

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      HealthSeek 5 years ago

      Is pranayama totally safe when practicing under supervision, slowly, gently working up to longer inhalation and exhalation breaths?

      I attended four classes of pranayama breathing under supervision of trained teacher from Swami Ramdev.

      On each occasion I did Khapalbati, Vilom and Bhatiskra, slowly, gently, only four breaths, they triggered severe angina. I suffer from coronary blockage and heart failure. I take no meds, except for occasional Ayurvedic meds.

      I also tried mudras, and experienced worsening of symptoms, specifically, the ones for allergies. I had to stop.

      A year ago, I tried Qi Gong, sitting down, under supervision of a Chinese Sifu. Again, symptoms worsened. I stopped after almost a year of practice.

      I am very toxic and seem to react to much. The Chinese Sifu said that he thinks there are too many dead cells. Translated, he probably means damaged DNA. Previously healthy, all my health problems are related to an adverse reaction to a powerful antibiotics, lariam, vaccines and contrast dye 15 years ago. Needless to say, I take no meds, nor will I have invasive diagnostic procedures. I am unable to tolerate anesthetics, meds, and most compounds in foods.

      I would be grateful if someone could explain, all suggestions welcome. Many thanks.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      I do hope you start these breathing routines. They have been time tested for improving health if done regularly. Appreciate your visit and comments. Thanks Sarah.

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      Sarah 5 years ago from USA

      Thanks for this. I was thinking of starting a breathing practice when I'm not doing asanas, and this hub was very useful.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Hi Dan,

      I'm glad you like the information presented here. It was my intention to make this simple to understand and I'm glad it has been possible. Thanks for the compliments and visit.

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      Dan Barfield 5 years ago from Gloucestershire, England, UK

      Great straight forward explanations of technique. This is an extremely useful hub - thank you for sharing this info.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Hi Peggy,

      Breath is life and therefore it should not be surprising that the way we breathe has a lot to do with how healthy we are and feel. These pranayam exercises not only increase the flow of the vital oxygen to all the tissues but some of them also gently massage the internal organs which no other form of exercise or routine does. Thus the benefits of yoga exceeds all other forms of exercise.

      I'm glad you viewed some videos and I'm glad to have got hold of videos with English subtitles/narration so that even readers who do not understand Hindi, find it easy to follow the videos.

      I'm glad you like this hub. Many thanks for coming by, the votes and sharing.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Rajan,

      I watched a number of the videos but will have to come back to view the rest. Going to the gym in a few minutes and must get dressed for that. I found this yoga pranayama hub most interesting. I know that taking time to breathe properly is good for everyone. Had no idea that these specific kinds of breathing had the various health benefits. The tips on eating easy to digest foods would be good for everyone whether doing this type of yoga or not. So...all in all...a very interesting hub! Up votes and sharing.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Hi sweetie,

      Good to know you do yoga. Yoga is great for keeping the body and mind in good health. Thanks for the read and vote.

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      sweetie1 5 years ago from India

      Baba Ramdev have made Indians take Yoga like never before. I do two breathing yoga in morning. One is kapal bharti and other is alom vilom. Both have many uses and Rajan this is a wonderful hub. Voting it up.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Thanks mebeth,

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      Beth 5 years ago from Connecticut

      Thank you - Interesting and informative!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Girish, glad you liked the information. Thank you.

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      Girish puri 5 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      Very good explanations of Yoga techniques, thanks for sharing, useful hub.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Hi Shalini. Thanks for reading and liking the hub. If you are inspired you must do it. It is a great for health. Thanks also for sharing this hub.

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      shalini sharan 5 years ago from Delhi

      it is really useful sir, i really appreciate your hub, my family keeps poking me to do Yoga, your hub was an inspiration

      thank you nd shared on HubHoppers

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      I can understand it being a bit tricky for the uninitiated. So I'm glad and thankful that you stopped by. I'm sure a second read will make the techniques very clear.

      I appreciate your sparing time to read and comment. Thanks,

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      Marlene Bertrand 5 years ago from USA

      Oh my! There is so much information that I have to bookmark your hub to come back and read it again later. I am not familiar with a lot of the techniques shared here. What a fabulous guide. Thank you.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Heavy exercising is not necessary to keep fit. Yoga not only acts on the physical level, it acts on the mental and spiritual levels as well.

      Vellur, thanks for giving the hub a read and leaving your feedback.

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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

      Am a great beleiver in yoga. It really helps me a lot. Your hub provides excellent information and is of great help.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Primpo, pranayama has very less amount of physical movements unlike yoga asanas. So, it will be quite safe to practice when you are just about ready to go for it.

      Thanks for reading and I truly appreciate your input and good comments. Thanks for the votes.

      I pray you get well soon.

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      Primpo 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York

      this calms some of my initial fears of getting involved in Yoga. I broke my shoulder about a month ago and I still feel like my arm is holding a heavy bucket. but I will use this as a reference when I am ready to start again. voting up.. thanks , great hub

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      @ Ruchira. You must surely b eaware of the massive amount of work done by Baba Ramdev inmaking yoga simple and popularising it in the masses.

      Thanks for the read and the comments.

      @ daisyjae. Thanks for reading. I appreciate the bookmarking and kind words.

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      daisyjae 6 years ago from Canada

      This hub is awesome. I will bookmark it and come back when I have more time to try your videos.

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      Ruchira 6 years ago from United States

      such great indepth on yoga and pranayam...baba ramdev kee jai ho :)

      thanks rajan for sharing the above!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Thanks for the read and comments, YogaKat.

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      YogaKat 6 years ago from Oahu Hawaii

      Very good explanation of yoga breathing techniques. Thanks rajan jolly

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Hi Jennifer. Glad to see you here once again. Out of the six forms of yoga, there are many sub forms of yoga. I will be writing on them in due course.

      I really appreciate the fact that you have a real good idea of what yoga is all about. Thanks for so much appreciation, all the votes and the bookmark.

      You have always been so appreciative.

      Thank you very much.

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      Jennifer Essary 6 years ago from Idaho

      Wow! What a terrific in-depth hub on pranayama. I've only practiced pranayama during Bikram yoga classes. I didn't know there are so many forms. Thank you for sharing. Voted up, useful, awesome, shared, and bookmarked.