Prana Breathing – Vyaghrah Pranayama (The Tiger Breath)
This prana breathing practice is one type of pranayama which is not performed in the upright seated position. It is performed in chatus pada asana (the ‘four-footed’ position), which is why it is known as the ‘tiger breath’.
Of paramount inportance to health, is good breathing. Yoga gives us many exercises for improving the breathing capacity, and vyagrah pranayama is one such technique. Its proper practice draws air into all three lobes of the lungs, helping to expand the breathing capacity, while at the same time releasing tension in the spine and surrounding tissues.
This is one very powerful yoga pranayama practices that anyone can perform, and it should be part of the foundation of daily exercises for all levels of yoga practitioners.