Yoga Breathing or Pranayama

The power of breathing practice to change your state of mind is extremely strong. A breathing practice can last anything from two minutes to half an hour or more.

* Find a quiet place where you won't be distracted. If doing the exercises inside, make sure the window is open to allow plenty of fresh air into the room.

* At first practise pranayama lying down and then gradually aim to sit upright with your spine straight.

* Breathe evenly through the nose throughout the postures.

* Never strain your breathing in pranayama.

* Breathe deeply and slowly.

* Progress slowly and carefully.

* If you feel dizzy or light-headed, return to normal breathing.

* Ask a friend to stay with you when trying out a new technique.

* Do not rush things and practice all exercises as slowly as you can.