This little piggy practiced meditation. This little piggy played yoga. And this little piggy practiced pranayama and went “Oink! Oink! Oink! Oink! OInk!” all of the way to energized bliss!
In a yoga therapy practice working with critically ill children, I tend to focus on gentle, slow relaxing breaths. But every now and then we all need a pick me up and Piggy-Wiggy Snort is the perfect remedy. This fun, quick and easy pranayama exercise is sure to energize your brood and elicit a few giggles along the way… Or until you cry wee-wee-wee-wee-wee all the way home.
What is Piggy-Wiggy Snort?
Piggy-Wiggy Snort is a fun energizing breath exercise.
How does it help me?
Use Piggy-Wiggy Snort as a quick pick me up whenever you feel a little sluggish. The quick intake of oxygen revives the mind and body, BUT take extreme care not to over do it; NEVER complete more than 3-5 rounds of Piggy-Wiggy Snort at one time, and SLOWLY build to this, beginning with just one round and observing how you feel before proceeding. You may find one round is enough!
How do I do it?
• Begin sitting on the knees, if kneeling is uncomfortable or difficult sit crisscross on the floor or upright in a chair.
• Rest your hands on your thighs.
• Exhale fully through the mouth making an “Aahh” sound until all the air is out.
• Close your mouth and wiggle your nose like a Piggy sniffing around the grass. Take three quick inhalations (in breaths) through your piggy-snout.
• Open your mouth and exhale fully with an, “Aahh” sound.
• As you gain experience and become comfortable with this breathing technique, build to 3-5 rounds of Piggy-Wiggy Snort per session as needed.
*Tip: Remember to slowly build to a higher number of rounds when practicing any breathing technique.