Pranayama Breath Ratio Chart

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Pranayama Breath Ratio Chart

Breath Ratios for Pranayama
Inhale hold exhale hold result
6 4 6 1 energizing
6 6 6 1 energizing
6 2 6 2 balancing
8 1 8 1 balancing
6 1 8 4 relaxing
6 1 10 1 relaxing
4 1 12 1 relaxing
4 1 8 4 relaxing

Breath is life.

In class we’ve been experimenting with breath, and how different patterns of Pranayama affect the nervous system. Here’s a nice chart that summarizes the effects of a focused Pranayama practice and various breathing ratios.

If you’re looking to raise your energy, start with the  first exercise, sit comfortably, draw a smooth breath in through your nose to the silent count of 6. Hold the breath in for 4, gently release the breath out through your nose to the count of 6, hold the breath out for a count of 1. Repeat 8-10 times, be still and notice the effect.  Nice…

Start out slow if this is new to you.  If you feel lightheaded, ease up on the holding of the breath in or out.

Om Shanti, I’ll see you in class.


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By | 2016-11-19T13:18:50+00:00 November 4th, 2008|Uncategorized, Yoga|2 Comments

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Namaste. I've been practicing and teaching Peace, Yoga, and Mindful living for many years. What comes out in class is from decades of going inwards. I love sharing what is rising in my practice and my day to day life of noticing more about this incredible world we live in. Peace -j


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    […] 3)    Get in touch with the *here and now.* Right here, right now you can start fresh. To get started, set a goal of having 5 minutes each day when you do nothing. That’s right, nothing. Concentrate on your breathing only. Yoga has a system of breathing for energizing, balancing and relaxing, and I have the breathing chart taped to my refrigerator and my computer. It works! […]

  2. Sandra February 27, 2012 at 9:54 am

    Please may I have a copy of the Breath Ratios for Pranayama as posted on Nov 4th 2008 ?  Thank you.

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