If you are new to yoga, please find a qualified instructor to take you through the asanas correctly. If you are not able to get out then online help is an option but please ensure they are qualified to guide you. I am happy to recommend Dee (aka Yogaman) – just drop me a line and I will put you in touch
The Sanskrit word Kumbhaka means voluntary retention of breath, and this is what this technique is all about. The physiology of air retention implies cardiac, circulatory and respiratory changes; all of them very important. In Kumbhaka, the breathing is detained after every inhale and every exhale between three, and twenty seconds for beginners. Experienced yogis can often hold their breath for several minutes!
The main purpose of these air retentions is to achieve a better conversion of air oxygen, and naturally, everything else that is derived from it. After a few seconds of holding your breath with the lungs filled with air, the respiratory center registers a change in the composition of blood. This change stimulates the spleen; contracting it and provoking it to throw enormous amounts of red blood cells into your blood flow. Also the body temperature elevates and the nervous system is relaxed.
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