Pranayama: The intake of vital energy

For ages, the science of prana has been studied in various aspects of human well-being. Prana simply means the breath or the vital energy in the body and Ayama means to regulate and lengthen. Pranayama is the first step towards orienting and improving the functioning of body and mind by learning to optimize breathing process.

So, what’s wrong with normal breathing?

Breathing is such an important process that the moment breathing ceases, life ends. Incorrect breathing technique has profound effect on your health and can effect your body’s efficiency day after day. In order to keep up a good health, a conscious approach to breathing is important.

Before starting the practice of pranayama, there are certain guidelines for pranayama which must be followed under the guidance of a teacher. A healthy person can start with any type of pranayama. But for people with sedentary lifestyles and poor health, it is advisable first start with Asanas to tune the body for few days and then start with pranayama.

Mastering pranayama has a sustained positive effect:

  • It improves oxygenation throughout the body and helps in detoxification
  • The organs are able to work more efficiently and effectively since they receive optimized energy supply
  • This decreases the risk of heart attack, stroke, and diseases caused by a compromised immune system.
  • Optimized breathing helps to fight the signs of aging.
  • Deep breathing helps to relaxes the mind and relieves tension.

Pranayama can be sometimes a life-changing experience. There have been examples where people express the sense youthfulness, and full of vital energy. Pranayama results in better mind control. The more you increase your supply of prana/oxygen, the greater will be your sense of well-being. Pranayama lays the foundation for practice of yogasanas, relaxation and concentration.

A regular daily practice of deep breathing is one of the best tools for improving your health and well-being. Performing one of these breath techniques twice daily for only three to five minutes can produce long-term benefits

Disclaimer: This article is for educational purpose only. Please consult a qualified doctor before taking any decisions regarding recommendations in the article or for more information.



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