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Benefits of Yoga


Kunsang Dolma interviews the Venerable Sonam Dhondub, a yoga master who lives in Gurgaon city in the Indian State of Haryana, who learned yoga and breathing exercises for two years at the Bharat Yoga Santana in New Delhi. He teaches yoga at the local parks and private homes. He says breath is a crucial element in ones Yoga practice. Breathing brings forth abundant benefits spanning the physical, mental, and spiritual aspects of the Yoga practice. As one develops an understanding and respect of the Yoga poses (asanas), one should also embrace the time and energy to master the breath. There are five yoga breathing techniques. The first one is Kapalbhati in which one has to sit cross-legged with one’s body straight, elongated spine, neck and chin up; then close your eyes and place hands on your knees in a comfortable position. Breathe in deeply and exhale through your nose. When you sniff out the air, you’ll feel your abdomen pulling inwards. Slowly increase the pace and continue this pose for 5-10 minutes at a stretch. This breathing technique will help lose weight, says the Ven. Sonam Dhondup

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