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6 Free Downloadable Breathing Exercises Handouts


This is just 1 of 250+ yoga class handouts within the Yoga Teacher Lesson Plan Kit.  If you give handouts to your students, you may find these useful.

Free Yoga Class Handout Downloads

Breathing Exercises Class Handout | MS Word Document Version

Breathing Exercises Class Handout | MAC Version

Breathing Exercises Class Handout | ODT Version

The Handouts Include

  1. Abdominal Breath
  2. Alternate Nostril Breath
  3. Bellows (Bhastrika) Breath
  4. Breath Chart
  5. Breath Counting
  6. Complete Breath

Use The Handouts

  • As a teaching aid for your classes
  • As handouts for your students
  • As a template for your own handouts

Abdominal Breath 

Here is one of the six breathing exercises included within the download.

Abdominal Breath 

Daily Pranayama Practice Tips

  • Choose pranayama practices which produce a feeling of well being
  • Practice Pranayama after Asanas and before relaxation or as a separate practice
  • Take your time.  You have all the time in the world to make progress
  • Practice Pranayama same time each day (e.g. 7AM)
  • Observe the effects at the end of your practice
  • Don’t rush to get on with your daily living
  • Take care with hyperventilation – stop if you feel dizzy


Breathing with the belly massages the digestive organs and heart, and brings peacefulness into the mind.


  • Lie in savasana
  • Put both hands on your belly and feel the hands rising on the inbreathe
  • Imagine your belly is a balloon and on the inbreathe it inflates

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George Watts

BWY Yoga Teacher at George Watts Yoga
This post was lovingly morphed into reality by BWY yoga teacher, George Watts. If you're looking for a treasure trove of yoga lesson planning goodness, take a quick peek at Yoga Teacher Lesson Plan Kit.

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