Morning Breathwork Routine
One Of My Favorite Morning Pranayama Breathwork Routines For More Energy + Vitality From The Start Of The Day
Here is a simple but very powerful morning pranayama breathwork routine that I do often that will give you more energy and vitality from the start of the day.
However the experience of pranayama is greatly enhanced when combined with special therapeutic music which is what we have developed in SOMA Breath.
Pranayama exercises featured in this routine.
Omkar: Chanting and extending the exhale with AUM mantra
For relaxation and cooling the body, preparing for Yoga asanas, and a useful exercise to help you get into a flow state.
Anulom Vilom/Nadi Shodhana: Alternate nostril breathing
To activate the whole brain, for relaxation, and preparing for Yoga asanas.
Bhastrika: Bellow breathing
For energizing the body and mind, cleansing the body, oxygenating the brain, and balancing the Ayurvedic Doshas (particularly Kapha).
Kumbhaka: Breath retention either on inhale (puraka/antar) or on exhale (rechaka/bahir)
Promotes healing, deep meditation, builds CO₂ tolerance (when held on exhale).
What Is Pranayama?
Breathwork is different from Pranayama. No one really knows the true origins of Pranayama but it is at least 5,000 years old – perhaps even more than 10,000 years old depending on which historian you choose to listen to! However, the Yoga Sutras, from which Pranayama is based today, was the first systemized and recorded by Patanjali around 200-300 BC.
In Sanskrit, Prana means energy and Yama means to control, or restraint. Pranayama is a series of breathing techniques, each with a different therapeutic purpose that is said to work through the control of energy in the body. Through Pranayama we learn how to become aware of this pranic energy and how to manipulate it in a way that is beneficial for cleansing and balancing the mind, body, and spirit.
There are many different types of Pranayama exercises, however SOMA Breath focuses on 7 exercises that have the most practical benefits for everyday life as well as evidence-based research to support them.
Discover How To Use Breathwork To Achieve
Optimal Health & Longevity
Centuries ago, the ancient yogis deeply understood respiration and its role to produce energy in the body. They developed Pranayama, a branch of yoga focusing on breathwork techniques to increase their resting breath hold time (BHT).
This was their secret to achieve optimal health, peak strength and performance, zenithal emotional and mental health, profound spiritual connection and wisdom, and incredible longevity.
Today, modern science has recognised the link between breath-hold time (BHT) and longevity. Evidence-based research has shown that training your body to increase your BHT can put you on the fast track to optimal health and longevity.
SOMA Breath Fit Challenge is an 11-day challenge designed to increase your BHT safely, efficiently, and easily. The best part is you don’t need any special equipment — just your breath!
Let’s supercharge your health the fun, easy, and sustainable way by joining our SOMA BreathFit Challenge.
About Niraj Naik
Niraj Naik is a certified UK pharmacist turned holistic wellness, brain-training and breathwork expert. He is one of the world’s most sought-after spiritual ceremony facilitators and leads breathwork workshops around the world.
His journey started amid a “burnout” in his corporate career when he found himself bedridden with chronic illness for more than a year. Healing himself using breathwork techniques and dietary adjustments, Niraj felt motivated to share his knowledge with others.
SOMA Breath, a global breathwork community, was founded by Niraj to help empower others to take charge of their own healing and wellness. He has also trained hundreds of breathwork experts through his SOMA Breath framework, which is also taught at numerous wellness centres in the US, Europe and Asia.