Singing is an art of breathing. And pranayamas only enhance this art. Mentioned within are three pranayamas that every singer should practice regularly
- Kapalbhati Pranayama is a breathing technique that if practised regularly can result in an improved respiratory organ operation.
- Nadi Shodhana helps clear the channels of the mind and teaches you to control their breathing.
- Ujjayi pranayama facilitates increased blood circulation and stimulates metabolism.
To be a good singer, it’s important to master the art of breathing. And pranayamas, when practiced regularly, can definitely help in this regard. These ancient breathing techniques are very helpful when it comes to controlling your breathing and strengthening your vocal cord. Mentioned below are three pranayamas that every singer should practice regularly to continue their musical journey unencumbered.
Kapalbhati Pranayama is a breathing technique that if practised regularly can result in an improved respiratory organ operation. It also helps to regain stability of emotions.
- Sit with your legs crossed and your back straight
- Inhale through your nostrils
- Exhale forcefully through both your nostrils such that you feel pressure in your stomach
- Repeat for 30-35 breaths
Nadi Shodhana is a breathing technique that involves controlling the breath over slow exhalation. Practising Nadi shodhana helps clear the channels of the mind while subtly managing the feminine and masculine aspects of your body.
- Sit cross-legged on the floor
- Curl your index and middle finder such that your thumb and ring fingers are straight.
- Close your left nostril with your thumb. Inhale and exhale.
- Close your right nostril with your index finger. Inhale and exhale.
- Repeat, alternating 10-15 times
Ujjayi Pranayama facilitates increased blood circulation and stimulates metabolism. Regular practice of this pranayama helps your nostrils and windpipe in getting rid of toxins that have accumulated over time.
- Sit straight with your legs crossed and eyes closed
- Take deep breaths for a minute
- Contract your throat and inhale
- The air should not touch the inside of your nose
- Exhale and make the ‘Aah’ sound from your mouth
- Once you get comfortable with this, close your mouth and use your nose to breath
- Focus on the sound of your breath
- Do this for 12-15 minutes
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