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Sahita Kumbhaka
intentional retention of breath
Kevala Kumbhaka
spontaneously being left breathless
Antara Kumbhaka
retention of breath after inhaling
Bahya Kumbhaka
retention of breath after exhaling
Samavritti Pranayama
keeping a constant ratio between inhalation, exhalation and retention
Ujjayi Pranayama
victorious breath; deep, steady inhalations and exhalations
Viloma Pranayama
breath against the flow; pausing and holding breath while inhaling or exhaling, dividing the breath into parts
Bhastrika Pranayama
bellows breath; short, strong exhales with inhales occurring naturally
Kapalabhati Pranayama
skull-shining breath; slow, long inhalations with short, strong exhales
Shitali Pranayama
cooling breath; inhalations through the tongue curved like a straw
Shitakari Pranayama
cooling breath; inhalations through the lips with the tongue pressed flat behind the teeth
Anuloma Pranayama
breath with the flow; inhalation and exhalation through alternate nostrils; channel purifying breath
Pratiloma Pranayama
breath flowing back with the flow; alternate nostril breath with narrowed nostrils
Surya Bhedana Pranayama
solar breath; inhalation through right nostril, exhalation through left nostril
Chandra Bhedana Pranayama
lunar breath; inhalation through left nostril, exhalation through right nostril
Bhramari Pranayama
buzzing breath; ears are plugged and exhalations are accompanied by a humming sound