Tantra Breathing & Pranayama

Breathing & Pranayama

Pranayama occupies an important place in the yogic techniques of Tantra. Pranayama or tantra breathing techniques can help you in being more present during lovemaking. Deep breathing has got its own benefits and is considered to be an important part of tantric yoga. Tantra breathing is calming and de-stressing. As you start to synchronize your breath with the partner, you both would be able to connect with each other to a deeper level.

Breathing techniques

Here are the two basic training techniques that you can start with:

    • Calm Breathing

Calm breathing or breathing through your nose is usually utilized to awaken the Hara as well as Ajna Chakra.

    • Active or Natural Breathing

This breathing technique that’s also known as breathing through the mouth aids in relaxing Manipura. What’s more, it will open the Anahata & Visuddha chakras.

What Does The Term Pranayama Means?

The term Pranayama is a mixture of two different words “prana” that means life energy or life force and “Yama” which means control. Having the said, Pranayama is a Sanskrit word that means controlling life energy.

How to control your breath

Pranayama practices help you attain consciousness by uniting the body and breath. Regular practice of basic pranayama techniques will make you calm and ready to explore tantric techniques with your partner. Make sure to include simple pranayama techniques like Kapalabhathi, Vitalic breath, anulom vilo, etc., in your daily routine.

Tantra Breathing and Pranayama

Once you attain control of your breath and master the basic pranayama techniques, it is time to explore tantra breathing techniques with your partner. Tantra breathing helps partners control intense energies created by the tantric union and allows a deeper bonding.

Types of Pranayama and How to Practice it

In this post, we will talk about the different types of Pranayama and of course, we will also show you how to practice them.

1) Bhastrika Pranayama

It is a crucial breath exercise in pranayama and yoga.

Bhastrika Pranayama

Sometimes, it’s treated as a cleansing action or kriya together with kapalabhati in order to clear an air route in preparation for other techniques.

How to Practice It:
    • First, sit down in a comfy Asana.
    • Then breathe in through your nostrils until your diaphragm is hard-pressed and lungs are filled.
    • Gently breath out
    • Finally, take a deep breath and breathe out afterwards

2) Bahaya Pranayama

This type of Pranayama is beneficial for stomach diseases, hernia, prostate problems, and uterus prolapse. Bahaya PranayamaThe Bahaya Pranayama, on the other hand, also conduits the energy of the hernia’s root lock.

However, you’re suffering from a heart issue or hypertension you must stop performing this pranayama. Nevertheless, if it’s your first time to do Bahaya, make sure to perform it 3-5 times. Though, advanced practitioners may perform eleven repetitions.

How to Practice It

To do this, you need to breathe air out, then touch your chin to chest. After which completely squeeze your stomach then hold it for a short time. Release your chin and breathe in gently. Repeat the entire process.

3) Kapalbhati Pranayama

The kapalbhati Pranayama helps in increasing the aabha as well as tej. Aside from that, it is also aids in:Kapalbhati Pranayama

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How to Practice It:

Doing this pranayama is pretty easy. All you have to do is forcefully push air out and your stomach will go in. You can begin it with thirty times or one minute. Then increase up to a minimum of five minutes and a maximum of ten minutes.

Nevertheless, people who are weak and have high blood pressure or heart disease should perform kapalbhati slowly.

4) Bharamari Pranayama

This type of pranayama is good for heart blockage, sinus problem, and hypertension. Bharamari PranayamaAside from that, Bharamari helps in reducing doubts, fears, depression, tension, and even stress. With bharamari, you’ll also feel that your soul, body, and mind are blistering with the light.

How to Practice It:

Simply close your ears using your thumb and place your index finger on your forehead. Then rest your three remaining fingers on the base of your nose touching your eyes. After positioning your fingers, breathe out thru your nose then hum like a bee. Do this pranayama for 10 minutes.

5) Anulom Vilom Pranayama

It is an ancient yogic breathing technique that’s designed to activate the higher consciousness, purify the body’s energy, and balance the nadis.

Anulom Vilom PranayamaThe Anulom Vilom Pranayama is also helpful for allergy, sinus, asthma, migraine, depression, paralysis and Parkinson.

How to Practice It:
    • Using your thumb, hold your nasal (right), then breathe in from the left.
    • Open your right nasal and hold the left one using your ring and middle fingers, then breathe out from your right nasal.
    • Repeat the process for at least 10 minutes.

6) Pranav Pranayama

With this type of pranayama, you will be able to broaden your perception. Pranav Pranayama As a result, you’ll begin to realize the One in All & All in One that’s usually found in each single tiniest atom.

How to Practice It:

The Pranav Pranayama is very easy to perform. Simply sit quietly and close your eyes. Then breathe in naturally. Perform this for 2 to three minutes or more.

7) Udgeeth Pranayama

The Udgeeth Pranayam is good for discharging bad dreams, deepening sleep quality, and for insomnia. Udgeeth PranayamaIt will also help your cognizance to become 1-pointed and simplify the practice of Yoga Nidra and conscious sleep.

How to Practice It:

Begin this pranayama by inhaling slowly. If you’re ready to exhale don’t forget to chant “Om” steadily and slowly. While you are practising, make sure to lengthen every breath to 60 seconds. Nonetheless, do this for about 10 minutes.

When to expect results

Pranayama is mastering the art of self-control. Couples should not look for quick results. It will take a little while for the body to learn and adjust to this breathing discipline. In the initial days, couples should start with a regular relaxation exercise every morning or evening. Once the body gets used to this disciplined breathing technique, pranayama breathing can really help you in connecting to your partner at a deeper level.

Best time to practice Tantra Breathing

Partners can set their own timings to practice pranayama breathing exercises based on their own convenience. Practising tantric pranayama after a long hectic day at work can really help you both to relax and connect with your partner.

Start practising the prana yoga techniques and make your lovemaking sessions a time to get connected with your partner deeply.

7 Pranyama to Start your Tantra Journey

Pranayama

What is Pranayama

Pranayama is yogic kriya to perform control of breathing.”Prana” is made up of breath or vital energy present in the body. Prana is the source of pranic energy responsible for the life and “Ayama” means control. Taken together Pranayama means “Breathing Control”.

The rhythms of pranic energy can be controlled with pranayama and it helps achieve a healthy body and mind. Patanjali wrote in his text Yoga Sutra that pranayama is a way of reaching higher states of consciousness and mentioned control over breathing as an indispensable practice to attain Samadhi. Hatha Yoga also talks about different types of Pranayama that will keep the body and mind healthy.

Five types of prana – Prana, Apana, Vyan, Udana and Samana – are responsible for various activities in the body. Of these five types, Prana and Apana are the most important.

Types of Pranayama

The practise of Pranayama brings about a balance in the actions of these pranas, resulting in a healthy body and mind.

This includes the use of the abdominal and thoracic cavity and is also known as three-part breathing because it involves the entire area from the abdomen to lungs.

  1. Yogic Breathing: Inhale slowly, letting the abdomen rise. When the abdomen is filled with breath as much as possible, make the chest extend outward and upward. When the lungs have inhaled nearly to their full capacity inhale little more and so that the clavicles rise up. Exhale slowly and repeat. Continue the exercise without tension. Breathing rate should be natural.
  2. Deep Breathing: Begin with normal breathing, preferably abdominal or yogic breathing exercise. Count when you inhale and count when you exhale. At beginning count to 4 during inhale and count to 4 during exhale. Later increase the duration of exhaling. This type of pranayama reduces blood pressure.
  3. Fast Breathing: It may be of many types. Inhaling and exhaling through both nostrils, inhaling and exhaling through one nostril while the other is closed with the finger, or inhaling through one nostril and exhaling through the other. Due to rapid inhalations and exhalations the carbon dioxide level in blood is reduced.
  4. Viloma Breathing: “Vi” means against and “loma” means hair. Viloma is an interrupted breathing technique, in which you take a short pause while breathing. This pranayama teaches the concept of expanding the breath. There are three variants of this Pranayama – the inhalation is interrupted, the exhalation is interrupted and both inhalation and exhalation is interrupted
  5. Anuloma Viloma Breathing: Also known as alternate nostril breathing it is best practised while in meditation. Its purpose is to stimulate nadis or energy channels that run across our bodies. Anuloma Viloma tries to cleanse the mind and stimulate the right and left nadis so that they are balanced.
  6. Ujjayi Breathing: “Ujjayi” means victorious. Focus your awareness on your throat. Slightly contract the throat and fill your entire lungs with breath. This is a technique used in Ashtanga asana. It is good for curing insomnia and cardiac problems.
  7. Bhramari Breathing: Place the index finger on the forehead and the remaining fingers to close the eyes. Inhale deeply through both nostrils. Exhale through the mouth by making a sound like a bee humming.