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Pranayama—also known as breathwork—is a powerful technology within the realms of Kundalini Yoga. This activity can help you reap countless rewards when it comes to your mental, spiritual, and physical health and wellness.
One of the most well-known types of breathwork is the whistle breath. Sometimes known as the beak breath, this activity is simple to learn and could help improve your mental state. The pranayama also helps to improve your circulation and increase lung capacity.
Within this short guide, we will take a look at how to do the whistle breath, how it all works, and what results you can expect. Here’s everything you need to know to get started.
Benefits of This Breathwork
- Boosts your body’s circulation
- Increases lung capacity
- Offers a sense of zen and mindfulness
- Helps to alleviate stress and anxiety
- Increases the lung’s capacity
- Activates the thyroid glands
How to do This Breathwork
Ready to try the whistle breath for yourself? Ahead of getting started, make sure that you find somewhere comfortable to sit. You may find that it’s helpful to sit alone in a quiet room of your house, or even to head out to the garden where you can be at peace.
When you have done that, you might want to get into Easy Pose. You can also choose to sit in any given position that feels comfortable to you. Once you are prepared, simply follow these steps to get this Kundalini Yoga breathwork right from the start.
Pucker your mouth. Your lips should make a round shape and be tight.
Focus your attention on your Third Eye point. You may need to take a moment to get into the zone here. Concentrate hard on this part of your being.
Breathe in through your mouth. As you do so, make a high-pitched whistling sound with the air. You may need to practice this a few times to get it right.
Breathe out through the nose and relax. When you have completely exhaled, you should start the process again. Continue with the whistle breath for as long as you need to do so.
When you have got to grips with the above version of the beak breath, you can switch things up. You may want to try a variation on the classic technique instead.
To do so, simply start by breathing in through your nose. Next, you should breathe out through your puckered lips and make a whistling sound at the same time.
Pro tip: You may want to try both of the whistle breath variations and see which one suits you. Some people find that they take to one naturally over the other. Give them a go!
Continue Your Kundalini Yoga Journey!
Now that you know how to do the whistle breath, why not try it for yourself? The straightforward breathwork can prove extremely powerful. You can also take the time to learn more about other types of pranayama. Continue your journey and keep learning!