As a fitness trainer with over 25 years of experience, I am deeply committed to incorporating holistic practices into my training sessions. At VillaSport, where I lead weekly yoga classes, I highly value the feedback and suggestions from my attendees. Recently, one participant suggested focusing monthly on a specific Yogic breath. We welcomed this idea and delved into the practice of Sama Vritti Pranayama, commonly known as Square Breathing. This article will guide my class attendees and anyone interested in embarking on this transformative journey.
My foray into Yogic breathing began with the goal of naturally enhancing performance without external aids. This journey led me to various Yogic breathing methods' calming and mind-quieting effects. This practice is a cornerstone of my Sound Bath and Restorative Yoga classes at VillaSport in Beaverton, offering a blend of physical and mental benefits.
Sama Vritti Pranayama, meaning 'balanced breath,' involves a symmetrical breathing cycle that fosters equilibrium in both body and mind. Research supports its effectiveness in reducing stress and improving respiratory functions, making it an invaluable tool for overall well-being.
Create a Calm Environment: Select a tranquil space for your practice.
Breathing Technique: Inhale and exhale through the nose in a balanced pattern - inhale, hold, exhale, pause - each phase lasting four counts.
Consistency is Key: Regularly practice this cycle for several minutes each day.
A longstanding client who previously suffered from anxiety attacks experienced significant relief through Square Breathing. She now employs this technique as a direct response to anxiety, showcasing its potent role in stress management.
I warmly invite you to explore the benefits of Sama Vritti Pranayama. Seize this opportunity to transform your wellness routine, and feel free to share your experiences with our community. For those interested in a deeper understanding of the science of breathing, I recommend "Breath" by James Nestor and "The Oxygen Advantage" by Patrick McKeown. These books provide an accessible yet thorough examination of the profound impact of breathwork.
Join our community for the upcoming month of Square Breathing, and stay tuned for more insights into Yogic breathing techniques in future articles.