The Sanskrit word Nadi derives from the root Nad, which means “flow,” “motion,” or “vibration.” The word itself suggests the fundamental nature of a nadi: to flow like water, finding the path of least resistance and nourishing everything in its path. The Nadis are our energetic irrigation system; in essence, they keep us alive. There are over 72,000 Nadis in the human body. These breathing exercises will nourish the Nadis in our body.
Long Deep Breathing
This exercise is a great way to relax, improve your memory and excellent for any lung-related problems.
Long Deep Breathing is usually taught first, because one can become aware of the full distention and contraction of the diaphragm, after which the Breath of Fire may come more naturally.
Start by breathing in through the nostrils with a long deep breath, filling the abdominal area by inhaling the air down, then pressing the air consciously into the lower abdominal areas. The breath will rise into the chest cavity when the lower abdominal area is filled. Feel the lungs as the breath moves in to the chest area. By leaning forward just a little, the upper area of the lungs will fill as well. Once the lungs are completely filled in this manner, slowly exhale through the nostrils until all the air is squeezed out. Start with a slow count of 8 on the inhale and a slow count of 8 through the exhale. Remember, inhaling and exhaling always through the nostrils, never through the mouth. By breathing in this way through the nostrils for several breaths, the flow of energy consciousness (prana) through the diaphragm can be felt.
Breath of Fire
A cleansing and energizing breath, powered by abdominal contractions.
One way to start Breath of Fire, is to start with a short inhale through the nostrils. Then, immediately exhale the air out of the nostrils and continue a rhythmic exhaling through the nostrils. There is no need to be concerned about the inhale; the body will accomplish this on its own. You ought to be feeling the exhale in the lower diaphragm around the naval. There are over 72,000 Nadis or nerve centers in the body. Always inhaling through the nostrils and exhaling very fast with a rhythmic pace will activate the Nadis around the naval and throughout the body.
Forgetfulness in later years is caused by the lack of oxygen to the brain. The deep breathing exercise will correct this situation. Almost all individuals are shallow breathers, which means we breath through our mouth into our lungs. Breathing this way does not bring oxygen to the brain. When we do the recommended deep breathing exercise, inhaling through our nostrils and exhaling through our nostrils, with our mouth closed, the breath makes a complete cycle into the diaphragm, through the lungs, to the brain and exits through the nostrils. Doing deep breathing exercises ten minutes a day, while watching television, will increase your memory within a couple weeks.