“The practice of ‘asanas’ and ‘pranayam’ wards off disease and helps to maintain alertness.” ~Swami Sivananda
‘Prana’ is a Sanskrit word for life force and ‘ayam’ is to draw out. ‘Pranayam’ means breath control. In the traditional teachings of yoga, our breath is said to carry our life force and is a vital link between our body and mind. Breathing correctly brings about a joyful and healthy existence. Learning the benefits of breathing right is an integral part of doing yoga.
To be honest, I do not enjoy breathing exercises as much as I enjoy performing the asanas in my yoga practice. However, I do recognize the tremendous difference Pranayam can make in our lives. It is only in doing it regularly that we see the impact it has on our body and mind.
“As a fire blazes brightly when the covering of ash over it is scattered by the wind, the divine fire within the body shines in all its majesty when the ashes of desire are scattered by the practice of pranayama.” ~B.K.S.Iyengar
Some of the popular types of Pranayam are Kapalabhati, Ujjayi, Nadi Sodhana, Shitali, Bhramari, Anuloma Viloma and Bhastrika.
Benefits of Pranayam:
- Reduces symptoms of various diseases
- Improves digestive capabilities
- Enhances levels of energy in the body
- Prevents degeneration of brain cells
- Weight reduction
- Reduces stress and anxiety
- Improvement in mood
- Reduces insomnia
- Quietness in your mind and nerves
- Connects you to your inner self
- Improves self-awareness
Pranayam techniques are highly scientific in origin as it is a systematic process of inhaling and exhaling. It is said that when we own our breath, no one can steal our peace!
This post is part of the #AtoZChallenge 2017 Blogging from A to Z: http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/.
I write about my spiritual and personal growth influences from A to Z.
My previous posts in chronology:
- A New Earth
- Brahma Kumaris
- Chicken Soup for the Soul
- Dialogue with Death
- Eat Pray Love
- Finding a purpose in life
- Healing with Chakras
- I Believe in Angels
- Jonathan Livingston Seagull
- Kahlil Gibran
- Lisa Nichols
- Neale Donald Walsch
- Oprah & Deepak Meditations
- Power of Positive Thinking
- Quotes, my favourite ones
- Rhonda Byrne ‘The Secret’ and ‘The Magic’
- SKY by Santosh Joshi
- Thich Nhat Hanh
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