Extending Time For Kumbhaka Pranayama

by Krishnaiah
(Bijapur)

What are the ways to improve extending kumbhaka pranayama over a period of time? I have been practicing puraka, rechaka and kumbhaka for the last one year and noticed a lot of improvement with complete satisfaction. But I want to know the ways to improve my breath holding capacity day after day. My aim to hold breath more then five minutes. Please help.



Answer

Pranayama practice must be learned under supervision. In case, your body is not perfected by practice of asanas, there is no point in doing pranayama. Doing pranayama with breath retention when body is not ready or following incorrect techniques may lead to heath issues.

Unless doing pranayama under supervision, do not hold breath in pranayama.

First of all start practicing yama, niyama and asanas before starting pranayama practice. Doing of pranayama without holding of breath is recommended for beginners and it also has immense benefits.

Hope it helps
Daljit

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Holding Of Breath
by: Arunachalam

It is not advisable to hold the breath as it will retain carbon dioxide in lungs, which is injurious to our health.

Editors Note
Only people with a matured yoga practice can do kumbhaka (holding of breath). Holding of breath in pranayama is essential part of pranayama. But it is strictly prohibited to learn and practice holding of breath in pranayama without supervision of a trained yoga teacher.

Namaste
Daljit

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