Pranayama is a comprehensive practise of yoga. The journey of our life towards its destiny has many milestones. The journey is like a river flowing with turns and twists, trials and tribulations. However in the end it reaches its destination! The human being is made up of body, intellect, and emotions; all three are interrelated, interdependent and inseparable. Our Life is Prana.
Pranayama is the awareness and manifestation of this flow of energy. Prana is life. Wherever there is existence or an expression of life there is Prana irrespective of activity or inactivity.
For the practise of Pranayama, the most suitable and preferable are an easy sitting position that is comfortable for the practitioners, with an erect spine, a relaxed body and a smiling heart. Some practitioners may need to allow themselves any position that maintains an erect spine that is comfortable for them so they may indeed attend to the pranayama technique being practised and bring stillness to their minds and bodies.
Yoga breathing exercises, also known as Pranayama, are an important part of developing yoga practice.
Pranayama is one of the Eight Limbs of Yoga, as defined by the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. In addition to deepening your yoga practice, learning ways to calm or invigorate the body through breathing will greatly benefit your life on and off the mat!
Breathing is an involuntary act; it is an essential part of life. Although we cannot control whether or not we breathe, we can control the way that we breathe. A belief that different methods of breath affect the body’s health and life force is the core of Pranayama practice.
In Sanskrit, pranayama means ‘lengthening of the prana, or breath’. Pranayama is an important aspect of meditation and yoga, for we use the rhythms, sounds, patterns and textures of our breathing, along with our breath ratios, to stabilize the mind and increase health and well-being. Through pranayama, we can quiet and relax the mind.
Imbalance in the physical body influences the brain function, which in turn affects thinking patterns creating emotional pressure. This can be relieved with special techniques, like bhastrika and kapalbhati to relieve mental pressure. A lack of energy and a low immune system can be aided with the techniques of nadi shodhana or ujjayi as they activate the energy in the body.