Breathing Exercises for Strength & Relaxation

What’s pop’n? One of the most important skills I learned from my yoga training was pranayama, or breathing exercises. Learning how to breathe using your diaphragm can make you better at strength training, improve your digestion, and help manage stress.

In this tutorial, my hubby, Al Kavadlo and I show you three different techniques that you can practice daily! Ch-check it out:

Here are the recommended sets/repetitions for each breathing technique:

Bhastrika, “Bellows Breath” = can be practiced any time of day except before bed for it’s energizing effects as well as a way to bring awareness to your breathing.

  • Do 1 set of 10 breaths, 2nd set of 20 breaths and 3rd set of 30 breaths. Rest 10-30s between efforts.

Kapalabhati, “Skull Shining Breath” = can be practiced during the day, especially in the morning upon waking and before your workout for it’s energizing, decongesting  and detoxifying effects.

  • Do 3 sets of 15-30 breaths. Rest 10-30s between efforts. 

Nadi Shodhana, “Alternate Nostril Breathing” = can be practiced anytime of day including before bed for it’s calming effects.

  • Do 5-10 full cycles

Thank you so much for watching! If you have any ideas for future tutorials, feel free to leave a comment below! I look forward to your inspiration for new content!

Til next time, peace, ❤ & ninja kicks!

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2 Replies to “Breathing Exercises for Strength & Relaxation”

  1. Hi Grace!,

    Appreciate you taking the time to put this together. I haven’t really paid much mind to how i breathe during most actvities (although I do reconise its importance).

    These “breath” exercises were challenging in terms of finding a comfortable rhythm for me, but they were enjoyable nonetheless. Like anything – ongoing practice is needed.

    Many thanks again and keep up the great work.

    Best regards

    T

    1. Hey Tommo,

      I’ve been meaning to make this video for a long time as breath work has been an integral part of my training and I wanted to share it with others! Thank you for trying these exercises out. I know they can feel awkward at first but just like anything else, with practice the unfamiliar becomes the familiar! 😀 I’m planning on doing a few more videos on this topic — a little more in depth into each breath as well as a few other techniques, too! There are so many and so much to stay on the topic, it’s awesome! 😀

      Thanks for all your support,

      Cheers,
      G

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