Pranayama is an ancient Indian practice to control breath. Literally; Prana – means the vital force energy that resides within our body and Ayama means the control.
So the practice of controlling breath is Pranayama. Breath is the source of prana – the life current. To live our life to the fullest, we got to access our inner power. Pranayama awakens our prana – the life force energy. By inhaling and exhaling in a rhythm we can control our life force energy. The Prana flows through the nadis and chakras within our body, cleansing and activating them; making one feel full of life and generating positivities in thoughts.
Pranayama is controlled with deep inhaling, retention and exhaling of breath. Pranayama is the key between body and mind.
Pranayama is the means of attaining higher state of awareness. These practices makes the body and mind healthy. A 60 second Intentional breathing can shift our thoughts and feelings and the energies can be redirected as desired. An intention can be created and any unwanted thoughts can be released. The connection that is created with pranayama activates the unlimited well of energy within.
Types of Pranayama
- Anulom Vilom
With a regular practice; a balanced physical and energetic power is generated within. And we are in a position to chose how to feel and live the way we want. Pranayama is a simple and powerful technique to connect with ourselves.
Medically, pranayama is proved to overcome stress and even showed relief in asthma. It even improves concentration and focus resulting in increased output in all our engagements. It even works for weight loss programmes. Regular and a correct pattern harmonize body and mind connection making us strong physically, mentally and emotionally.
Three breathing patterns on speed
- Quite Breathing – natural smooth breath without efforts
- Deep Breathing – deliberately slowing down of breath
- Fast Breathing – deliberately increasing the speed of the breath
Our mind is closely related to our breath.
When the mind is calm and relaxed – the breath is smooth. In stress and anxiety – the breath is short and fast and mostly through chest. In anger – the breath is forceful and fast. In pain – breath is short and fast. This simply shows that our mental and emotions states of our mind affects our breaths. And this is how we can control our thoughts and feelings through practicing breathing techniques.
A simple effort can do miracles…