I Feel Tired After Deep Breathing

by Ganesh Jaguva Sarangapani
(Bangalore, Karnataka, India)

I find my mouth filled with saliva upon doing pranayama(always). Also, I feel tired after doing it (not always). Why is that?

It is very difficult to guess on the reasons for mouth filling with saliva based on the information given by you.

Following proper technique is essential. Equally important is to keep the duration of pranayama as per one's physical ability. Do not exert beyond your capacity.

If you are physically fit and having no medical problem, try to eat early dinner, sleep for 7-8 hours and try doing yoga asanas and pranayama in the morning.

If you do not feel better after doing pranayama, you must stop your pranayama practice and consult your doctor or an experienced yoga teacher before proceeding further.

Do not do yoga if :

  • You are too tired and exhausted after day's work. Although yoga practice is relaxing, but it may not be beneficial if you are too tired.

  • You are hungry.

  • You are under some kind of stress or anxiety.

Do you do yoga asanas also? Yoga asanas must be done only after getting proficiency in asanas. Doing yoga asanas opens the blocked energy channels paving the way for assimilating the prana energy derived by doing pranayama. If a person is not fully fit, rhythmic breathing and alom vilom pranayama can be attempted under guidance of an experienced teacher.

But you must not feel any discomfort during pranayama or tiredness after doing pranayama. After doing yoga practice, you should feel more energetic.

Hope this helps.

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Aug 23, 2014
Pranayama Before Asana Problem
by: Joshua

Now that my body and its energies are out-of-balance/blocked due to improper yoga
- pranayama before any asana practices.

Is it still possible to start rhythmic breathing, yoga nidra, and then asanas finished by another round of nidra so that hopefully the blockages in my body because of no asanas, can 'loose up'? Alternatively just regular asana sessions without nidra?

(I have meant to start with a program but I am afraid of doing even more harm as some concepts are abstract to me,I keep gravitating back to yoga still. It is the answer and will solve when done right. Maybe I wait for a right moment before rushing again.)

You are my only source of trust and knowledge in this field friend, thankful.

Editors Note
Do not worry about energy balances as it will be definitely quantify the amount of imbalance. Yoga practice is about achieving a state of balance. Each yoga session will make you more balanced.

Now for you it is recommended to first relax your body before attempting to start regular practice of yoga. I suggest do start with the following practice initially till you feel better:

1. Rhythmic breathing (do not breathe in or out through the mouth and no holding of breath) for 5 minutes
2. Shavasana for 5 minutes.
3. Yoganidra for 15 minutes for 4 weeks.

Once you feel better after 2-3 weeks of practice, then start with a simple yoga routine.

Hope this helps

Apr 13, 2014
by: Joshua

I have not really tried it exactly as you recomended. For maybe 2 weeks I did shavasana/ yoga nidra before I failed due to lack of understanding and how to do. Also because I cannot focus where I did this, early mornings in my living room.

Could you please explain this process a little further?

You also said I should do it for a month before starting with a simple yoga routine. Do you mean that this should continue for how long of a period?

I really have tried to understand and overcome this problem. I used a rudraksha mala for almost 2-3 weeks. This moved my energies more rather than balance it, but it is not that bad, people around me just are more "warm" as I have noticed. I myself feel better, although now I realize I should be patient and my environment is maybe not that suitable for aspiring yogis. I live in a big city.

What do you think of shamanic type healer (using drums,crystals,sound, massage etc) to "balance" this out? Is it worth trying?

Thank you, very appreciated information Daljit!

Editors note

The idea is to achieve a state of balance with more rest and relaxation. Do not aim to do too much, but do yoga at a relaxed pace. Gradually you will experience the changes. You should try meditation also.

It is good that you feel better with rudraksha mala.

You can have a look at the following link

Beginners Yoga Sequence

Meditation Basics

Hope this helps.

Nov 07, 2013
Excess Saliva by Pranayama
by: Joshua

About half a year ago my health was fine but as I did deep breathing sitting(inhale through nose, fill torso, exhale through mouth, eyes closed, sometimes background Music) in half lotus(possibly wrongly,as I understand its important to keep head and spine in a right manner)for 5-10 min each time for about 3-5 days a week for a month and with no prior yogic exercise.

This stupidity of mine resulted in excess saliva which I have to swallow every now and then. This has changed my Life as I feel strange and not as confident as I used to. Since then I have just stopped with all yoga training. Can I somehow redeem or fix this curse by proper yoga, if so please guide me?

I will be very grateful for answers! Thanks

Editors Note

1. A yoga session must consist of Yoga poses and Pranayama. Pranayama must be done only after a person becomes comfortable with yoga poses. If you start with only doing pranayama and with incorrect technique there may be complication with the mind and body.

2. It is better to consult a yoga teacher. If that is not possible, I suggest do only rhythmic breathing (do not breathe in or out through the mouth and no holding of breath) for 5 minutes, then do shavasana for 5 minutes and then do yoganidra for 15 minutes for 4 weeks. Once you feel better, then start with a simple yoga routine.

3. For doing pranayama, if you do not feel comfortable, sit in sukhasana or vajrasana.

4. You can read about these precautions for pranayama and guidelines for pranayama.

Hope this helps.

Feb 06, 2013
Side Effects
by: Anonymous

Thanks for your comment Daljit. I really appreciate that.

About my health...
Though I am a healthy person
Height 6 feet
Weight 87 kg

I have no issues with health, everything is perfect, no blood pressure. I have a normal health as it is supposed to be.

I have understood you quote and try again only with bhastrika for few days(A simple breathe in and breathe out)if I feel Comfortable, I will continue and then start other Pranayams.

I want to know can it be psychological. I mean what should I think or keep in mind while doing pranayam.

What is the difference between Pranayama and asanas? Can I only do Pranayama?

Thanks in advance

Editors Note
A healthy person can start with doing pranayama only but it is advisable to first become comfortable with asana practice and then start doing pranayama. Asana practice prepare us for pranayama. Asanas help us for better relaxation and mind body co-ordination. However, if you want to do pranayama for beginners level only, you can do so.

I will suggest do not do kapalabhati or bhastrika pranayama for a while and practice only rhythmic breathing and alom vilom. After pranayama practice take rest for 2-3 minutes in shavasana.

Another precaution is that you must not be tired before doing pranayama. Take adequate sleep in night and eat light and healthy food.

While doing pranayama, try to focus on your breathing and you can also close your eyes for better concentration.

Hope this helps.


Feb 05, 2013
Pranayam Side Effects
by: Anonymous


I feel stomachache and a sort of tiredness or tension in my mind after Pranayam like kapal bhati and anulom vilom. Anybody can tell me why this happens only to me where pranayam have changed lakhs of lives. I feel very strange.

Please anybody can tell me why this happens?

Editors Note

You have not mentioned about your health status. Afer doing kapalabhati pranayama, any healthy person will not feel the symptoms you mentioned. It can be either due to any health problems or doing too much of kapalabhati pranayama. Pranayama should be attempted once a person becomes comfortable with yoga asanas. The reasons for the symptoms you experience after kapalabhti pranayama can be the following: -
~ In case of high blood pressure, kapalabhati pranayama should not be done.
~ Stop kapalabhati pranayama for such time as long as you get these symptoms. You can however do rhythmic breathing.
~ Please consult your doctor for a health check up. Also seek guidance of a yoga teacher to ensure that you are following the correct technique.

You can read more about the precautions for pranayama.

Hope this helps.


Jun 11, 2011
Less Saliva Generation
by: Anonymous

Dear Mukesh,

I am sorry to hear this, less saliva means poor digestion..I feel it may be because of lack of attachment in life. Probably not succeeded in life emotionally to stay attached.

As far as excess saliva is concerned, any type of deep breathing through nose brings about that effect.


Jun 10, 2011
by: mukesh

Dear friend

I have read your post.

You have felt excess saliva after performing Pranayama.

Your problem is solution of my wife's acute and chronic problem . She is suffering form Sjogren's Syndrome where very less saliva is generated.

Will you pl guide me what type of Pranayama you are doing and after how much time you feel excess saliva. PL CALL ME ON MOBILE ******

Thank you


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