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Yoga Pranayama

Pranayama is a Sanskrit word that means “extension of the prana or breath”. The word composed of two Sanskrit words Prana means life force and Ayama to extend or draw out. Pranayama is as important as Yoga for maintain good and sound health. Pranayama is basically exercise of breathing that can be done at anytime which makes lungs strong, improve the circulation of the blood, make a person healthy and lead a long life. Pranayama helps in respiratory system that increases the oxygen intake and makes good oxygen flow in the body. Pranayama in this hectic life schedule can be very beneficial for the body it will relax your body and will free you from stress and laziness.
If oxygen circulation in whole body is good than your health will be also good, this is where pranayama focuses and functions. Oxygen in the blood is vital for

  • Assimilation of food we eat for full filling body's various needs like rebuilding tissues, supplying energy.
  • Stimulating the functioning of the endocrine glands.
  • Providing energy for functioning of brain, nerves, heart and other vital organs.
  • Distribution of vital energy throughout the body.

Pranayama helps in proper breathing and how to keep control it. Pranayama is like yoga done in an asana, a proper asana is must for starting the yoga. The first important step is to master the Asana of posture or to control the body. The next exercise is Pranayama. Correct posture is indispensably requisite for the successful practice of Pranayama. He who practices Pranayama will have good appetite, cheerfulness, handsome figure, good strength, courage, and enthusiasm, a high standard of health, vigor and vitality and good concentration of mind. The main motive of pranayama is to control the prana that governs the vital forces of the body.

Some Instructions
Choose a clean and quiet place for pranayama.
The stomach should be empty before doing the exercise.
Do the breathing exercises it in the morning.
Practice pranayama after Asana and before meditation.
Gradually increase the duration of the exercise.

Benefits of Pranayama

Pranayama is a great practice that has enormous benefits it has only pros no cons.

  • Pranayama helps in proper and systematic circulation of oxygen intake and decreases breathe rate thus helping to breathe slowly and deeply. Slowing down of breathe rate helps more oxygen to be pumped in the body.
  • Helps in lowering the Blood Pressure.
  • Tortoise who lives for 200 years takes 4-5 breathe per minute, therefore pranayama also helps in longer age and healthy life.
  • It boosts the energy flow in the body, as pranayama helps in increasing intake of fresh oxygen.
  • Health of the heart is very important as it continuously is on work and never stops during your life so its proper functioning determines the quality of your health. Pranayama helps in keeping heart strong and healthy.
  • The person tends to be healthy, cheerful, and strong and have good health and well being.
  • Pranayama improves the performance of the excretory system and makes kidney strong
  • People who practice Pranayama stay active throughout the day and do not feel sluggish or fatigued.
  • Pranayama helps to prevent old age problems like Backaches, headaches, rheumatism, stiffening muscles and joints.
  • Increases the flow of positive energy in the body.

Yoga Pranayama