Pranayama is the yogic practice of focusing on breath. To help you reach higher levels of concentration, the breathing exercise system known as Pranayama Yoga incorporates relaxation methods and meditation. If you want to enhance your physical health, mental clarity, and general well-being, Pranayama yoga is a potent mind-body technique that can be very beneficial.
The primary goal of Pranayama is to increase oxygen flow to your brain, enabling you to achieve deeper states of concentration and relaxation. In yoga, as in life, breathing can be taken for granted. It’s something we do automatically, involuntarily, unconsciously. But our yoga ancestors understood that breath is life. This is why pranayama or yogic breathing, is sometimes referred to as the “heart of yoga.”
Yoga is becoming more and more popular today among people from all walks of life. There has been a lot of study done on the advantages of pranayama. Studies suggest that pranayama has a variety of positive effects on health.
Let’s discuss some facts about Pranayama Yoga and see how it is a way of life that supports holistic health.
Pranayama, an essential part of yoga, is based on the premise that we can balance our mind and body through correct breathing.
Pranayama Yoga is based on the concept that everything you see and hear in this physical universe is energy. Energy vibrates at different speeds or frequencies, called prana (life). When we become aware of our energy vibrations, we can tune into them and make them faster or slower to suit our needs.
Pranayama is also known as Pratyahara (the withdrawal of the senses) because it helps control your breath.
The two words "prana" and "ayama" form the word pranayama. The word "prana" means "breath," whereas the word "ayama" means "rising."
According to yogic doctrine, Pranayama exercises can help you control your inner power, also known as prana. In yoga, prana also stands in for the material forces of electricity, magnetism, heat, and light. These interpretations focus on how Pranayama exercises can help you control your breathing and elevate your mood. It's also thought that a powerful Pranayama breath can aid in body detoxification.
Most people go through life without even being aware of how many breaths they take in one minute. Breathing, in case of such people, is generally slow and erratic.
Daily Pranayama trains the lungs and improves the capacity of the respiratory system immensely. Pranayama directly works on the nervous system. Daily Pranayama positively affects the nervous system which controls and governs essential functions of the body like the heart rate, respiration and blood pressure.
Pranayama Yoga teaches us how to access our energy source called chakras to regain balance within ourselves. Seven main chakras in the body are connected through nadis or channels of energy flowing through them. Chakras are located above the head (Muladhara), below the navel (Brahmarandra), above the knees (Anahata), and the heart (Vishudda) on the sides of the throat (Ajna), and the base of the spine (Mulaprakriti).
Pranayama is integral to many yoga poses, including Virabhadrasana III, Parshvakonasana, Uttanasana, and Urdhva Dhanurasana. Pranayam can also be practised at home by focusing on one's breath as it comes in and goes out of the body.
I am Yogi Chauhan - a professionally qualified Yoga, Fitness and Martial Arts instructor with over 15 years experience of working with people from all walks of life.
As a die-hard fitness freak, I live to stay healthy and share my knowledge and experience with everyone who connects with me. Over the years I have worked with hundreds of people at all fitness levels, helping them achieve their health goals. There is a lot more to good health than just physical fitness, we also need to be at peace on the inside. Our classes at Yoga with Yogi have been carefully designed to provide the right balance of physical fitness and spiritual strength.read more