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Pranayama ...Yogic Breathing

The Power of Breathing

The lungs are to the body what the bellows are to the fires of the forge. The more regularly and vigorously that the air is forced through the bellows and through the lungs, the livelier burns the flame in the furnace and the fire of life in the body.

Practice deep regular breathing systematically for one week and you will be surprised at the results. You will fell like a different person and your working capacity, both physically and mentally, will be increased immensely. Pranayama: Gyan Mudra
Pranayama - What it is ?

A vital scientific and therapeutic aspect of yoga is Pranayama. Pranayama is the breathing process or the control of the motion of inhalation, exhalation and the retention of vital energy. By controlling Prana (life force), one can control all the forces of the universe, namely, gravity, magnetism, electricity and nerve currents.

During Pranayama inhalation (puraka) stimulates the system and fills the lungs with fresh air; retention (kumbhaka) raises the internal temperature and plays an important part in increasing the absorption of oxygen; exhalation (rechak) causes the diaphragm to return to the original position and air full of toxins and impurities is forced out by the contraction of inter-costal muscles. These are the main components of Pranayama which massage the abdominal muscles and tone up the working of various organs of the body. Due to the proper functions of these organs , vital energy flows to all the systems. The success of Pranayama depends on proper ratios being maintained between inhalation, exhalation and retention.

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Benefits of Pranayama

Patanjali (Indian sant) has said that one develops concentration and clarity of thought by practicing Pranayama. It helps in increasing the mental and physical powers of endurance. It is the path to deeper relaxation and meditation and is a scientific method of controlling breath. It provides complete relaxation to the nervous system. It provides relief from pain caused by the compression of nerve ending. It helps in increasing oxygen supply to the brain which in turn helps controlling the mind.

Kapalbhati (Cleansing Breath)

How To Do?

Warning : Pranayama must be learnt under expert guidance and after consultation from your physician.

Sit comfortably in any meditative posture. Sit erect. Exhale through both nostrils, contracting the middle and lower abdomen portions. Release the contractions quickly and immediately follow with another forceful exhalation . Inhale passively and effortlessly. Gradually increase the frequency to about 100 strokes/minute. After the round take a deep breath and gradually exhale.
What good can this do?

  • Cleans capillaries of the remotest part of the body.
  • Purifies the frontal portion of the brain.
  • Aid in combating asthma, diabetes, and chronic bronchitis besides other nervous disorders.
  • Cleans the nasal passages.

Sukha Pranayama (Victorious Breath)

How To Do?

Warning : Pranayama must be learnt under expert guidance and after consultation from your physician.

Sit comfortably in any meditative posture. Sit erect. Keep the palms on the knees and observe your natural breathing. Feel the breath flowing and out of the lungs. Let the breathing be natural. Feel the abdominal movement while breathing. While inhaling , let the abdominal wall move out and while exhaling let it move in. Keep your mind clear, only "observing" your breathing. While inhaling, feel the power and energy flow and while exhaling imagine throwing out tension, stress and disease.

What good can this do?

  • Provides deep relaxation to the body and mind.
  • Strengthens the nervous system and respiratory system.
  • Improves concentration.
  • Relieves stress , depression and hypertension

Bhastrika (Bellows Breath)

How To Do?

Warning : Pranayama must be learnt under expert guidance and after consultation from your physician.

Sit comfortably in any meditative posture. Sit erect. Keep the left hand on the left knee in Gyan Mudra . Fold the index and the middle fingers of the right hand to touch the palm. Close the right nostril with the right thumb. Exhale through the left nostril and immediately inhale forcefully. Quickly open the right nostril by closing the left nostril and repeat the procedure. Keep repeating this pattern quickly gradually increasing the speed of inhalation and exhalation. Simultaneously contract and expand the abdominal muscles and slowly return to the initial speed .
What good can this do?

  • Very good for the respiratory system including the diaphragm and the bronchial tubes.
  • Improves function of digestive organs.
  • Helps reducing excess fat in the abdominal region.

Sheetali (Cooling Breath)

How To Do?

Warning : Pranayama must be learnt under expert guidance and after consultation from your physician.
Sit comfortably in any meditative posture. Sit erect. Keep both palms on the knees in Gyan Mudra (the posture as in picture). Draw out the tongue. Roll it up from the sides to form a tube like opening. Slowly suck the air through it and fill the lungs completely. After full inhalation withdraw the tongue and close the mouth. Hold the breath for sometime and then slowly exhale through the nose. Repeat required number of times.

What good can this do?

  • Useful in treating fever.
  • Good for liver , spleen, and is a good blood purifier.
  • Reduces tension and high blood pressure.
  • Cools the nervous system.

Nadi Shudhi (Alternate nostril Breath)
How To Do?

Warning : Pranayama must be learnt under expert guidance and after consultation from your physician.

Sit comfortably in any meditative posture. Sit erect. Be calm and close your eyes. Close the right nostril with the right thumb. Now inhale slowly through the left nostril and fill your lungs. After complete inhalation, press the left nostril with the ring finger of the right hand and close the left nostril. Open the right nostril, exhale slowly. After complete exhalation, again inhale through the right nostril and fill your lungs. Close the right nostril by pressing it with the right thumb. After opening the left nostril, breathe out slowly. This process is one round of Nadi Shudhi Pranayam.

  • What good can this do?
  • Cleanses and tones up entire nervous system.
  • People suffering from cough and cold benefit greatly.
  • Heart is strengthened.
  • Blocked nostrils are cleared.
  • Removes mental tension and worries.
  • Induces feeling of peace.

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