8 Pranayama Techniques by Maitri Foundation – a center for Alternative Medicine and Eye Care
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Pranayama refers to breathing exercises which clears the physical and emotional obstacles in our body to free the breath and so the flow of prana – life energy. Regular and sustained practice of Pranayama can supercharge your whole body! “Pranayama is control of Breath”. “Prana” is Breath or vital energy in the body. On subtle levels prana represents the pranic energy responsible for life or life force, and “ayama” means control. So Pranayama is “Control of Breath”. One can control the rhythms of pranic energy with pranayama and achieve healthy body and mind. Patanjali in his text of Yoga Sutras mentioned pranayama as means of attaining higher states of awareness, he mentions the holding of breath as important practice of reaching Samadhi. Hatha Yoga also talks about 8 types of pranayama which will make the body and mind healthy.
Types of Pranayama
Five types of prana are responsible for various pranic activities in the body, they are
Prana, Apana, Vyan, Udana & Samana. Out of these Prana and Apana are most
important. Prana is upward flowing and Apana is downward flowing. Practice of
Pranayama achieves the balance in the activities of these pranas, which results in
healthy body and mind.
The Indian tradition of Hatha Yoga makes use of various pranayama techniques. The
15th century Hatha Yoga Pradipika is a key text of this tradition and includes various
forms of pranayama such as Kumbhaka breath retention and various body locks
( Bandha ).
Other forms of pranayama breathing include: Ujjayi breath (“Victorious Breath”), Bhastrika (“Bellows Breath”), Kapalabhati (“Skull-shining Breath”, a Shatkarma purification), Surya Bhedana (“Sun-piercing Breath”), and the soothing Bhramari (buzzing like a bee)
In Sanskrit, Alternate Nostril Breathing is called Nadi Shodhana Pranayama, which
translates to “subtle energy clearing breathing technique”, and it has many benefits.
Alternate Nostril Breathing helps calm the mind, reduce anxiety, and bring a feeling of relaxation to the entire body. It also relaxes the mind in preparation for meditation, which can be helpful for those struggling to settle down before meditating.
When performed for just a few minutes, Alternate Nostril Breathing can instantly reduce stress and fatigue, and is a quick and efficient practice to do before high-stress situations such as job interviews and public speaking engagements.
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