Yoga and Pranayama Practices
Inspiratory Muscle Training (IMT)/Pratiloma
The Pratiloma breath is a great breathing technique to aid in digestion! It has been used in the medical community to treat digestive issues, such as GERD, heartburn and indigestion. This practice strengthens the diaphragm, which is one of the largest most important muscles of the body. It separates the chamber that holds the heart and lungs from the upper digestive organs: stomach, liver, gallbladder and pancreas.
Indigestion and stomach problems are common symptoms when the stomach exerts undue pressure on the diaphragm.
This practice has numerous health benefits, which include: boosting stem cells, vascular endothelial growth factors, and transcription factors that protect the genome while powerfully lowering blood sugar.
Please note that if for any reason you feel uncomfortable during this practice, please stop and consult with a physician!
Instructions for Pratiloma:
- Sit comfortable with your spine erected.
- Take 10 deep inhalations through partially closed nostrils (creating resistance so that you can feel the diaphragm contract as you exhale)
- Follow with a FULL exhalation without any nostril resistance
- After 10 rounds, follow with a full exhalation, and then hold the breath for as long as comfortable with no strain!
- Perform 5 rounds twice a day before breakfast and in the evening!