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Flax Sesame Crackers 

Flax Sesame Crackers are a healthy light wheat cracker with good quantity of sesame seeds and flax seeds. Oats used in the dish are rich in antioxidants, lowers cholesterol, improves blood sugar. Flax seeds are a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids reduces inflammation and…

YVNites honored at KKSU 

In 12th Convocation of Kavi Kulguru Kalidas Sanskrit University, Ramtek on March 6, 2024, YVN trained teacher (33rd YTTC Dadar), Smt Vanita Mugdam felicitated with gold medal for standing highest in M. A. in Yogashastra through open and distance education (ODL) by scoring 86.5 %…

YVN to conclude Golden Jubilee Celebrations 

Yoga Vidya Niketan, Member Institute, Indian Yoga Association is celebrating its Golden Jubilee Year from March 2023 to April 2024. Concluding function of Golden Jubilee Year Celebration will be held on April 9, 2024, in between 4pm to 7pm, at Yoga Bhavan, the own structure…

YVN organises events to promote Yoga 

Annual Exhibition Yoga Vidya Niketan, Member Institute of Indian Yoga Association held one day program on Annual Exhibition cum lectures on January 14, 2024 at Yoga Bhavan, Vashi, Navi Mumbai. After floral salute to statue of Swami Kuvalayanand and founder of YVN late Yogacharya Padmashri…

J&K UTCC announces Scholarship Certification Program 

The Jammu and Kashmir Union Territory Chapter Committee in association with Swaraj Yoga Institute announced a scholarship certification program from various categories, border areas and BPL background. The announcement was made under the chairmanship of Dr Shreyansh Jain and Shri Anil Swaraj, Founder, Swaraj Yoga…

Chandigarh SCC organizes Yoga Camp 

Chandigarh State Chapter of Indian Yoga Association organized 5 Days Yoga Camp for a healthy Lifestyle at Government College of Commerce and Business Administration (GCCBA Chandigarh, a constituent college of the Panjab University), Sector 50, Chandigarh from February 26 – March 1, 2024. This boot…

Karnataka SCC conducts GBM at Art of Living Ashram 

Karnataka State Chapter Committee of the Indian Yoga Association organised its General Body Meeting on January 28, 2024 with the blessings of Gurudev Shri Shri Ravishankar, Chairman, Indian Yoga Association at the Art of Living International Center, Bengaluru. The event was attended by the members…

Chandigarh SCC celebrates Republic Day at Consulate General of India, Canada 

Glimpses of the Republic Day celebrations by Shri Ajit Handa, Chairperson, Chandigarh State Chapter Committee at Consulate General of India, Vancouver. He was on a vacation in Canada with is daughter.

SAHS and IYA celebrates International Mind Body Wellness Day 

The NSS unit, School of Allied Health Sciences, Salem, Vinayaka Mission’s Research Foundation (DU) in collaboration with Indian Yoga association celebrated International Mind Body Wellness Day on January 3. On the occasion an awareness programme was held at the Skill Lab Auditorium. Prof.Dr.B.Sendilkumar, Director, SAHS,…

Shree Kala Yoga organises Yoga Trainer Camp 

Shree Kala Yoga, Associate Centre, Indian Yoga Association in along with Gujarat State Yog Board organised Yog Trainer Camp in Gandhidham. As many as 35 trainee attended the 45 days long training camp that commenced on December 1, 2023. The camp culminated on January 16,…



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Breathwork for Athletes:  How Controlled Breathing  can Enhance Sports Performance
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Breathwork for Athletes: How Controlled Breathing can Enhance Sports Performance 

In the realm of athletic achievement, the pursuit of excellence is relentless, and athletes are continually exploring innovative methods to gain a competitive advantage. A ground-breaking study conducted in the United States has catapulted the importance of breathwork into the forefront of sports performance enhancement, exemplified by the multitude of medals amassed by American athletes, particularly in sprinting events. These elite competitors comprehend the pivotal role of breath control in augmenting stamina, outsmarting opponents, and securing victories on the world stage.

The significance of breath transcends the physical realm, delving into the mental and emotional facets of an athlete’s energy. The breath acts as a barometer, reflecting the overall energy level in the body—be it deficiency, efficiency, stability, or instability. Acknowledging this holistic connection, athletes have embraced breathwork as a comprehensive approach to optimizing their performance.

The synergy between breath and achievement is profound, evidenced by its impact on physiological responses. Intentional and controlled breathing techniques wield a transformative influence over heart rate, oxygen intake, and stress levels. Athletes incorporating these techniques into their routines gain a newfound ability to navigate high-pressure situations and maintain peak performance.

A paramount benefit of breathwork for athletes lies in its ability to enhance endurance. Deep, rhythmic breathing optimizes muscle oxygenation, delaying the onset of fatigue and enabling athletes to push their physical limits. This translates into increased stamina and prolonged periods of peak athletic prowess.

Beyond physical benefits, controlled breathing serves as a mental anchor, fostering sharper focus and clarity. Athletes, armed with a calm and centered mindset cultivated through breathwork, excel in making split-second decisions and executing precise movements, even in the most demanding competitions.

Given the inherent stress of competitive sports, breathwork emerges as a natural stress-reliever, invoking the body’s relaxation response. Athletes who integrate breathwork into their routines report reduced anxiety levels, improved sleep quality, and an overall sense of well-being. The holistic nature of breathwork encompasses not only physical resilience but also mental fortitude, contributing to a well-rounded and resilient athlete.

Moreover, the breathwork realm expands beyond conventional training methodologies, delving into ancient practices such as Preksha Meditation. Specifically, the technique of Deergh Shwas Preksha is gaining prominence among athletes, offering a parallel advantage in enhancing not only physical energy but also all other forms of energy that the human body must possess.

Deergh Shwas Preksha, a form of controlled and deliberate breathing integral to Preksha Meditation, imparts a unique set of benefits to practitioners. This ancient practice goes beyond the mere optimization of physiological responses and taps into the intricate web of energies within the human body. The controlled breaths, guided by Preksha Meditation principles, stimulate and harmonize various energy centers, ensuring a holistic boost to the athlete’s overall well-being.

In addition to bolstering physical energy, Deergh Shwas Preksha aligns the mental and emotional energies, fostering a profound sense of balance and resilience. This meditative breathwork technique serves as a conduit to elevate spiritual energy, promoting a sense of inner harmony and self-awareness among athletes. The synchronization of these diverse energy forms empowers athletes to navigate the multifaceted challenges of sports with a heightened sense of clarity and purpose.

The practice of Deergh Shwas Preksha, with its roots in ancient wisdom, not only complements contemporary athletic training but also provides athletes with a competitive edge that extends beyond the physical realm. As athletes delve into the depths of controlled breathing through Preksha Meditation, they unlock the potential to harness a more comprehensive spectrum of energies, paving the way for unparalleled achievements in their respective sports.

The incorporation of controlled and deliberate breathing techniques, especially like the practice of Deergh Shwas Preksha, unveils a new dimension to athletic excellence. Beyond the medals and accolades, athletes who integrate these ancient yet potent methods into their training rituals embark on a journey to optimize not just physical prowess but also mental, emotional, and spiritual energies. Breathwork becomes the cornerstone for athletes aspiring to reach unparalleled heights, making them not just competitors but holistic champions in the ever-evolving world of sports.

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