Yoga For Eating Disorders: Breathwork (Pranayama)

Prana is a Sanskrit word that translates as “vital life force.” Pranayama is a technique of breath control.

Take a moment today to focus on your breath (Prana). You will find that the breath is manifesting the current state of your mind. Consciousness is the cause, and breath is the effect. Pause and observe your breath for a few moments today. Just notice your breath without trying to fix it or change it.

What are the qualities of your breath in this moment? Does it feel shallow? Labored? Deep? Rapid?

Since our breathing often mirrors our internal emotional state, perhaps you are noticing a need for grounding.

Alternative Nostril Breathing can help you use your breath to ground, center and shift the mind.

To try Alternative Nostril Breathing, begin by sitting in a comfortable position (this breathwork is best done in an upwards sitting position as opposed to laying down). Start by closing your right nostril with your fingers pressing gently, while you breathe in slowly through your left nostril. For your out-breath, switch the placement of your fingers so that your left nostril is now closed while you breathe out through your right nostril. Repeat this series 6 times.

Notice any changes in your breathing after the exercise. How does your body feel? Did any thoughts or feelings come up for you during the exercise? In what ways do those thoughts and feelings correspond with what is going on in your present day?