A Comprehensive Guide To Teach Pranayama & Breathwork For Yoga Instructors

A Comprehensive Guide To Teach Pranayama & Breathwork For Yoga Instructors

Teaching Pranayama and Breathwork to aspiring students is highly beneficial for their holistic well-being. There’s a lot of talk about oxygenating the body in yoga with Pranayama and Breathwork, but in reality, blood-oxygen levels change very little with this technique. However, when you slow down by taking a deep breath, carbon dioxide starts to assimilate into the body, and this increase in CO2 levels leads the body to become vasodilators and bronchial dilators opening up the air passage. Thereafter, blood starts absorbing oxygen at a better level when there’s an increase in CO2. Scientifically, oxygen binds to hemoglobin, and for this, it requires CO2 released into the bloodstream.

All-round Benefits of Pranayama & Breathwork-Helps put the human nervous system and its functionalities to a whole new state by using the breath to calm or soothe nerves, energizing and prepping up to start the day with new gusto and vigor! Since students’ autonomic nervous systems change back and forth from being in a sympathetic state to and parasympathetic state, yoga instructors teaching Pranayama and Breathwork, need to tell students to find a harmonious balance between the two.

Pranayama & Breathwork-Kinds & Ways Of Teaching:

Pranayama & Breathwork 1- Fast Breathing-Unregulated Breaths

  • This technique of Pranayama & Breathwork constitutes fast and rapid breathing upregulating the nervous system. It’s recommended to commence yoga classes by taking time to upregulate students or aspirants.

Start by teaching Wim Hof Breathing Technique or Breath of fire for upregulation for energizing their bodies, and their minds opening up to a more dynamic space.

  • This is particularly essential if students or wannabes are lethargic or suffer from autoimmune diseases.

Pranayama & Breathwork 2-Slow & Deep Breathing-Downregulated Breaths

  • This technique used by yoga instructors is used to help students wind down, relax and de-stress themselves, calming the sympathetic nervous system as well as slowing down heart rate so that their minds can feel relaxed and safe. This technique of Pranayama and Breathwork is also employed to reduce blood pressure.

Always keep in mind that breathing deep and slowly releases endorphins in the nervous system reducing stress and body pain besides aiding in digestion and sleep habits.

  • Teaching your student this technique of Pranayama and Breathwork can significantly help them relax enough to hold deep breaths enhancing flexibility.

Pranayama and Breathwork involve the intricate relationship between the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual actions of individuals leading them to a path of holistic well-being for day-to-day lives and deciding their future course of actions. Although one can learn Pranayama & Breathwork all by himself/herself, it’s highly advisable to seek the consultation and guidance of yoga instructors before initiating your journey of physical well-being, soul-searching, and inner-realization.

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