Hi, I'm Kelly Kuder, and I'm going to discuss yoga breathing techniques to prevent a cold and cough. Yoga has become an amazing alternative to keeping our body and our mind healthy. Prayanama or yogic breathing techniques are used for meditation during a traditional yoga class but these breathing exercises can also be used to prevent a cold and cough. Kapalabhati Prayanama is used to expel toxins from the lungs. Begin by sitting upright in a comfortable position with eyes closed. Place your hands over your navel to focus your attention on your belly. Forcefully expel all the air from the lungs pulling the abdominal muscles in and as you inhale quickly, filling the lungs up as the belly expands. Our exhale we force the air out but our inhale is natural because the body wants to breathe. Repeat this process for about 20 to 50 expulsions. Alternate nostril breathing is done by sitting comfortably in a chair or on the floor. Close your eyes and rest the index and middle fingers of your right hand on your eyebrow center. Close your right nostril with your right thumb, softly breathing in through the left nostril and close it with your ring finger. Then opening the right nostril and breathing out gently. Breathe in through the right nostril and close your left nostril. Breathe out through your left nostril and start the next round, repeating this breathe cycle three to five times. Bhramari Prayanama is fun. It's made by pressing the lips together and humming like a buzzing bee. It opens the sinuses and allows phlegm to drain. Just make sure to consult with your healthcare provider before trying these breathing techniques.