Bikram Yoga Posture #1: Standing Deep Breathing – Pranayama Series

Posture #1
Standing Deep Breathing
Pranayama Series

The first Bikram posture is Standing Deep Breathing – Pranayama series. This breathing exercise settles you into a relaxed, calm and controlled mindset, heart rate and breathing pattern. The focused breathing prepares you for the rest of the ninety minute practice by recentering your focus inwardly and brings you to presence in ‘now.’ It consists of two sets of ten inhale and exhale cycles with corresponding head, arm and shoulder movements.


  • Good for the lungs and respiratory system
  • Helps lungs reach their maximum expansion capacity
  • Helps to prevent asthma, shortness of breath, bronchitis, emphysema and good for nervousness
  • Relieves irritability
  • Good for detoxification
  • Increases circulation of oxygenated blood throughout the body
  • Loosens tight, frozen shoulders
  • Relaxes the mind

Please click here for Bikram Yoga instructor’s dialogue for Standing Deep Breathing – Pranayama Series

26 Bikram Yoga Postures

| 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 |
| 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 | 21 | 22 | 23 | 24 | 25 | 26 |

This is the first article in a twenty-six article series dedicated to each of the Beginning Bikram Yoga postures. Images, videos, descriptions, outline of benefits, practice tips, insights and the revised version of the instructor’s dialogue for each pose of Bikram’s Beginning Yoga Class are included in these articles. Enjoy!

“When you own your breath, nobody can steal your peace.”
-Author Unknown


Credit:, Bikram Yoga by Bikram Choudhury,,, video: BikramWestshore

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