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10 Best Yoga Breathing (Pranayama) Exercises

Updated: Oct 5, 2021

Table of contents:

  1. Kapalabhati Pranayama (Skull-shinning, cleansing Breath or Breath of Fire)

  2. Bhramari Pranayama (Bee Breath)

  3. Nadi Shodhana Pranayama (Alternate Nostril Breathing)

  4. Ujjayi Pranayama (Ocean Breath or Victorious Breath)

  5. Kumbhaka Pranayama (Breath Retention)

  6. Simha Mudra Pranayama (Lion’s breath)

  7. Bhastrika Pranayama (Bellow Breath)

  8. Dirga Swasam Pranayama (Three-Part Breathing)

  9. Sitali Pranayama (Cooling Breath)

  10. Sama Vritti (Equal Breathing)


Breathing is the body’s most essential mechanical function. You have been doing it ever since birth and without any conscious thought to it. Hence, when you hear about yoga breathing or pranayama, it seems naturally effortless to you. Although you should be aware that Pranayama is more than just breathing. Instead, it is the art of controlling your breathing. Pranayama incorporates specific patterns and movements into your effortless breathing to enhance its benefits to you.

10 Best Yoga Breathing (Pranayama) Exercises