Conscious breathing has the power to completely change our state of mind and energy. The breath is said to be the vehicle for Prana, our vital life force, so let’s rev it up and get ourselves lit up from the inside out.
Try this Pranayama (breathing technique) to combat fatigue:
The breath of fire or the skull shining breath is invigorating, energising, and purifying.
Kapalabhati is a very active, forced exhalation with a passive inhalation. To exhale, the belly quickly pumps into the spine forcing the air out of the nose (like trying to blow out a candle through your nose). Place a hand on your belly to feel the belly actively pumping. Play with the tempo (45-60 exhalations/30 seconds), but keep a steady rhythm. Start with 2-3 rounds of 30 exhalations, and gradually increase the exhalations if comfortable.
Practice this seated in Baddha Konasana ( Bound Angle pose or Butterfly Pose) with the arms behind you fingers pointing forward, to allow the chest to open and gain maximum space for the breath.
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