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Manulito2010-07-03 20:20:25 +0000 #1

A friend of mine is not able to breath through his nose, thus when he is doing his asanas he has to breath alway through his mouth.

I would like to know if he should do his asana practice with mouthbreathing or if this carries any dangers. He feels dizzy sometimes after a yoga session.

I am not interested in cleaning exercises for the nose or so, I just want to know if he shouldn t do some asanas or even yoga at all. Or if there are perhaps some special mouthbreathing practices for people with such problems.

Thanks a lot!!
Yoga & Unity2010-07-03 20:28:24 +0000 #2
Due to what reason he is not able to breathe via his Nose?

Breathing via Nose greatly affects the efficiency of lung which cannot be possible via mouth breathing.
Manulito2010-07-03 20:50:55 +0000 #3
I know the reasons why you should breath through the nose.

But the question is what should you do if breathing via nose is impossible.

(I can t discuss the reasons for his problem, like I said; I just would like to know in general, how you should chance your asana program if you can t breath through your nose while you have no other physiological problems)

Thanks a lot Y & U!!!
Willem2010-07-03 21:07:00 +0000 #4
Hello there,

If your friend cannot breathe throught the nose, then he must obviously breathe through the mouth. Your friend will then miss some of the physical benefits of nose breathing: moisturizing, warming, filtering.

If your friend is otherwise healthy, he can do asana practice. It may be useful to learn the ujjayi technique to slow the breath. That is because mouth-breathing tends to be faster than nose-breathing.

Dizziness should not occur as a result of asana practice. There are a great many variables that could induce dizziness (too rapid pace of the practice, moving too quickly out of inversions, other health problems). Please have your friend talk to his yoga teacher and modify his practice. Dizziness is not the intended outcome of yogasana.

There are many physical and less physical benefits of breathing through the nose. If at all possible, see if your friend and the medical profession can come up with a solution.
Shivoham2010-07-03 22:12:04 +0000 #5
Nose blockage can really effect the practice badly. If one cannot breath easily throughout the yogic practice it can be harmful as it can create imbalance in pranas and lose of energy Which are the opposite effects of what we want from yoga. I also dont think breathing through mouth is right as it may also create imbalance in prana which can lead to new health problems.

I think he must first clear his nose blockage by certain asanas and medications. That is teachers job.

I have tried not only yoga but many other spiritual practices. But had to give up all due to this single problem. Now I feel better without any practice
charliedharma2010-07-03 21:46:13 +0000 #6
If I remember correctly a friend of mine did a workshop with Max Strohm and Im sure he said that they were asked to breathe through the mouth during the workshop, this was something to do with opening the heart.Try it i can sort of feel what he means,much more than that I dont know , but thought you might be interested.



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