Pranayama is an ancient practice of breathing in a pattern. It is synchronising the breath where you purposely inhale, exhale, and hold your breath in a specific sequence.
In Sanskrit, “Prana” is Breath or vital energy in the body and “yama” means control.
Pranayama blended with yoga are used for physical postures (asanas) and Meditation (dhyana). Practicing them together can give immense benefits to one’s body mind and soul. However, pranayama alone has benefits of its own. These advantages are due to the therapeutic effects of breathing exercises and mindfulness.
Precautions: – All the poses & breathwork can be done pre or post meals with a gap of at least 45 mins to 1 hour.
Balasana – Child’s Pose
This asana forces you to challenge your approaches and breathing patterns. Improvises the health of your organs and increases the level of awareness. Although physically simple it requires patience and the ability to surrender to gravity and come to a state of emptiness.
Sukhasana – Comfortable Pose (cross-legged)
This sitting posture is recommended for those who have difficulty sitting for a long period of time in Siddhasana, Vajrasana or Padmasana. The most important point for everyone is that the upper body is straight, the body is relaxed and can remain motionless during the whole exercise
Ujjayi Pranayama- Victorious Breath or Ocean Breath
In this Pranayama you breathe in and out of the nose with the lips sealed. It builds heat in the body. The lips gently close and although the breath is passing through the nostrils the emphasis is in your throat.
7 Benefits of Pranayama
- Supplies ample oxygen to your body including your brain and removes the toxins.
- Reduces stress levels, calms the nervous system improving your stress response.
- Regular practice slows down the breathing and heart rate. Helps calm your body for sleep, reduces snoring and daytime sleepiness.
- During practice you focus on the present moment, instead of the past or future contributing to mindfulness.
- Minimizes the risk of high blood pressure by promoting relaxation
- The slow, forceful breathing of pranayama may strengthen and improve lungs conditions like asthma allergic bronchitis and tuberculosis.
- Pranayama increases oxygen uptake energizing the brain cells enabling better auditory memory and sensory-motor performance.
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