Viloma Pranayama is a very simple breathing technique that can be practiced by anybody.
It can be practiced sitting or lying and is a great technique for those new to pranayama. It has some great benefits and Francesca demonstrates a version of this technique in the free video below.
The meaning of the word
'Vi' means against, Loma means hair, viloma means against the natural flow.
Viloma is an interrupted breathing technique where you pause briefly during your breath. This pranayama gently introduces the concept of expanding the breath and lung capacity through controlling your breath.
There are three variations of this pranayama.
- Interrupted Inhalation
- Interrupted exhalation
- Interrupted inhalation & exhalation
In Francesca’s tutorial below she demonstrates the second variation - interrupted exhalation.
Benefits of Viloma Pranayama
- Improves control of your breath and movement of air within your body
- Helps you cool down after an active yoga class
- Helps to relieve anxiety
- Helps to relieve tension from PMS
Some Tips when practicing this Pranayama
- When giving this pranayama a go, try to really be aware of the movement of breath in your body.
- It can be nice to target a different ‘area’ of your lungs after each pause or interruption. Really try to control the movement of air in your body.
- Keep your breath relaxed and soft. Try to avoid ‘grasping’ for breath focusing on keeping the quality of the breath gentle.