How To Fight Bad Breath With Yoga

By Subodh / February 9, 2015

Be it the aftermath of smoking or over boozing, or stuffing in your favorite fish or even garlic – bad breath arising from any of these triggers is a huge turn off. While there are certain underlying health issues that could trigger halitosis such as sinusitis, a improperly functioning digestive system or renal system, diabetes, and cholesterol, you might have to ensure that your breath stays fresh. While chewing those peppermint gums can offer you temporary relief, you ought to try some permanent solutions. And, regular practice of yoga can help you with that!

Different types of Pranayama along with certain yoga poses are known to improve the quality of breath over the time…. So, what are you waiting for? Move on to know about them.

1. Kapalbhati – The Skull Cleansing Breath

Kapalbhati

This is a wholesome breathing technique with multitude of benefits. It cleans your digestive system and improves the functioning of respiratory system.

How to do:

  1. Sit in a cross legged position of your choice on the yoga mat.
  2. Keep your spine straight.
  3. Relax your abdomen.
  4. Take 3 rounds of deep breaths to prepare your body and mind for the breathing technique.
  5. Place your right palm on your abdomen.
  6. Inhale gently and exhale forcefully through the nose, allowing your navel to go back to your spine with ach exhalation.
  7. Do 30 such exhalations.

This completes one round. Do 3 such rounds, taking a normal inhalation and exhalation in between rounds.

2. Simhasana – Lion Pose

Simhasana – Lion Pose

Give your confidence level a good pep up while easing the breath with Simhasana. It is actually a good stress buster too. Stress, many a time, results in bad breath. So, try this.

How to do:

  1. Sit down on the mat on your knees with buttocks resting on the heels.
  2. Separate your knees at hip distance, but keeping calves flat on the mat.
  3. Elongate your spine and back; roll back your shoulders and sit straight.
  4. Let the hands rest on the knees.
  5. Take a deep inhalation and lean your torso slightly forward, still keeping the spine straight.
  6. Stretch open the mouth as well as jaw. Extend the tongue out and fix your gaze at nose tip.
  7. Extend your fingers and tense them.
  8. Hold the posture for one deep inhalation and exhalation.
  9. Relax and come back to initial position.

Repeat 7 times.

3. Sheetali Pranayama – Cooling Breath

Sheetali Pranayama - Cooling Breath

If your bad breath is arising from digestive disorders, then this breathing technique could be your answer. It has appositive impact on your endocrine and nervous system too.

How to do:

  1. Sit in a comfortable cross legged position of your choice, spine and head erect.
  2. Let the hands rest on the thighs.
  3. Open the mouth and curl the tongue inward forming a tube.
  4. Inhale via the tongue for a count of 4.
  5. Exhale via your nostril for a count of 6.
  6. Keep practicing continuously for 5 minutes.

4. Sheetkari Pranayama With Jalandhara Bandha – Hissing Breathing With Chin Lock

Sheetkari Pranayama With Jalandhara Bandha

Zzzzzz… Hey I am not asking you to sleep…. The breathing sound that comes out while practicing this breathing technique is akin to a snake hissing…

How to do:

  1. Sit in a comfortable cross legged position of your choice, spine and head erect.
  2. Let the hands rest on the thighs.
  3. Roll your tongue up in such a way that the upper palate and lower portion of the tongue are in contact.
  4. Clenching the teeth, separate your lips to expose the teeth.
  5. Inhale slowly and fill your abdomen. Inhale a little more filling your chest. Inhale again and fill your neck. Make a hissing sound while inhaling.
  6. Lower the chin to touch the chest and hold in Jalandhara Bandha.
  7. Hold the breath till you feel comfortable.
  8. Release the lock.
  9. Exhale slowly via your nostrils.

This is one round of Sheetkari Pranayama. Practice 10 such rounds.

5. Matsyasana – Fish Pose

Matsyasana

People suffering from bad breath due to acute bronchitis, tonsillitis, sinusitis, or any other respiratory tract disorders should practice this yoga pose for relief.

How to do:

  1. Lie down on the yoga mat on your back.
  2. Stretch the legs out fully. Keep the feet in contact, while toes are extended. Keep the hands on either side of the mat.
  3. Inhale, lift your head and gaze at your toes.
  4. Exhale, place your head back in such a way that the crown of the head rests on the floor.
  5. Arch your chest and neck.
  6. Hold the posture for 10 deep breaths.
  7. Inhale and lift your head to gaze at the toes.
  8. Place the head back in initial position and relax.

Do 5 such times.

Along with these yoga poses, you can also try some home remedies for bad breath such as gargling regularly with clove infused water or salt gargle. It is also advisable to stay away from foods and other triggers of bad breath,. Keep practicing and enjoy a fresh breath!