Using breathing exercises for energy may be the last thing you’re thinking about right now, but it works!
Ancient and modern healers have used therapeutic breathwork for everything from meditation, to increasing resistance to stress, to even connecting with higher consciousness.
With a little knowledge and practice, you can learn to use your breathing to harness more energy.
If you’re feeling sluggish or run down, applying the right breathing techniques can give you the boost you need to stay focused, active, and productive.
Pranayama is the Ayurvedic practice of breath control. It’s usually done in conjunction with Yoga. Pranayama is used to balance and enhance “prana” (meaning life force in Ayurveda).
Pranayama delivers revitalizing oxygen to all the body’s cells. Research finds it can help people with asthma to breathe more easily.
Pranayama is also great way to enhance a detox program, increasing the elimination of toxins that cause fatigue through the circulatory system.
Try the following breathing exercises for an energy lift when you have a few minutes. Go at your own pace. Some people need to build up to the full exercise over time.
Note: Do not try power breathing exercises if you’re feeling faint or while driving.
This pranayama technique works based on your unique needs. It’s relaxing if you’re feeling over stimulated, and energizing if you’re feeling burned out.
It’s a long, smooth breath. When done correctly, Ujjayi mimics the sound of the ocean.
Many practitioners say Ujjayi sounds like the Science Fiction villain, Darth Vadar. Once you learn the technique, you can practice it quietly, too.
Wim Hif is a Dutch adventurer who uses breath work to help withstand harsh climates and situations. His technique is similar to Tummor (inner heat) meditation and Pranayama.
This technique can really boost your energy and mental clarity, but remember to take it slow when you’re first learning it.
This technique is excellent for people who feel overheated or who live in a hot, dry climate, If heat is burning you out literally, try this exercise to cool down.
Sitali Pranayama is also a great choice to regain focus if you’re feeling irritable or angry (signs of heat in the body).
This exercise is my favorite choice on days when I’m feeling off physically or mentally.
Nadi Shodhama is a harmonizing breathing exercise, designed to energize, improve focus, and calm stress. It also promotes lung and respiratory health, and helps speed up toxin release for cleansing.
Your entire life from beginning to end is based on your breath. Use pranayama and the exercises in this article to help promote good health, vibrant energy, and a calm mind.
For more techniques to try, check out: Pranayama for More Energy or work with an experienced Pranayama practitioner.
Breathing forms the fabric of our existence and is an extremely valuable tool for improved energy.