Some Yoga Gurus rank Pranayama over Asanas, in the journey to achieve Kaivalya or Moksha. Hence it is also referred as the ‘heart of Yoga’.
What is Pranayama?
Pranayama is composed of two words Prana (breath) and Ayama (control), roughly translating to control of breath.
Breath is the vital energy needed by our physical and subtle layers, without which the body would perish. It is the breath or life force in us, that nourishes the mind and keeps the body alive.
Importance of Pranayama
Let us consider our body as the wick of a candle and our mind as the flame that glows around it. With passage of time the flame gets disturbed by the winds of past experiences, circumstances and accumulated knowledge. All these factors combined make the flame of our mind unsteady. And an unsteady mind makes the body weak and stressed. Practicing Pranayama helps steady the flame of our mind.
The quantity and quality of breath and the way it flows through our body determines one’s state of mind.
If the prana (breath) level is high and its flow is continuous, smooth, and steady, the mind remains calm, positive, and enthusiastic. However, lack of knowledge and attention to one’s breath could increase worries, fears, tensions and other negative thoughts.
Every problem first generates in the subtler levels and then surfaces to the physical level. Sickness shows up in your breath first and then manifests into physical illness.
How to practice Pranayama?
Pranayama practice involves maintaining specific patterns of inhalation, exhalation, and retention.
The ancient Indian sages discovered breathing techniques that were simple to learn and practice, and brought great relaxation to the mind and body. These breathing techniques could be practiced at any time of the day and at any location. To get maximum benefits from Pranayama, you should do it on an empty stomach.
Benefits of Pranayama
Different pranayama techniques offer different benefits, but on a holistic level benefits that you can expect from pranayama are:
- Helps you relax
- Beneficial for the heart as it helps in reducing blood pressure
- Improves lung capacity
- Helps regulate functions like digestion, metabolism and body temperature
- Brings harmony between the body, mind and spirit
- Helps improve quality of life by reducing anxiety and depression
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Power of breath is unparalleled to any form of physical or mental exercise. The techniques and methodology imparted by the trainers at BeZiva is an outcome of years of research, study, self-practice and teaching.
In all the true power of Yoga is in our breath. Breath is a powerful tool that helps reduce stress, feel calm, and improve overall health. Even if you don’t do yoga asanas, you must make time to breathe mindfully.
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