"inhalation, exhalation"



Breathing exercises are an integral part of yogic practices and are said to generate relaxation and calmness. Pranayama is performed by breathing in and out only through the nose, which is supposed to be more beneficial than breathing through the mouth. Proper breathing sends more oxygen to the blood and to the brain, and hence establishes better control over the vital life energy (prana). The Buddha is said to have used a meditative technique in which he restrained his breathing by pressing his tongue against the palate.