Prana creates an aura around the body as it flows through thousands of subtle energy channels called Nadis and energy centers known as chakras. The quantity and quality of prana and the way it flows through the nadis and chakras determine one’s state of mind.
Benefits of Pranayama
- The constant practice of breathing exercises can completely change the quality of life that one lives.
- Increases and enhances the quantity and quality of prana, thereby increasing our energy levels. It clears blocked nadis and chakras by expanding your aura and increasing the spirit.
- It makes us energetic, enthusiastic, calmer, and positive and such a state of mind helps us in making better decisions, having mental strength when dealing with adversities, and feeling happier.
Types of breathing exercises:
The ancient Indian sages were aware that some breathing exercises and techniques were simple to practice and brought great relaxation to the body and mind. These breathing techniques can be practiced with ease and at any time of the day on an empty stomach. Read more to know how to do pranayama one by one:
Meditation and Breath exercise has the perfect combination of asanas, pranayama, and meditation to enhance your well-being.
1. Bhramari pranayama (bee breath)
If your mind is buzzing with activity and you can’t stop stressing over work, find a quiet corner and try the Bhramari pranayama (bee breath) to give yourself a break to the buzzing mind. This breathing technique is a boon for those with hypertension issues.
If we understand the rhythm of our breath, we are able to have control over our mind, we can win over any negative emotions like hatred, anger, jealousy, greed, and we are able to smile from our heart.
2. Kapal Bhati pranayama (skull shining breathing technique)
Among the breathing techniques, Kapal Bhati pranayama is considered to be the most important. It is also vital for detoxifying the body and clearing the energy channels.
Kapalbhati is said to have distinct mental, spiritual, and physical benefits as it involves active exhalation and passive inhalation. During inhalation, the stomach sinks in and vice-versa when we exhale. This stomach movement is helpful for the muscles around it, including that of the liver and pancreas. The blood flow in these areas also increases and it aids digestion and removal of acidity and gas related problems.
3. Bhastrika pranayama (bellows breath)
Feeling low on energy? Three to four rounds of Bhastrika pranayama (bellows breath) will get your energy levels soaring! It is great for brain oxygenation and has benefits for the nervous and the motor system. It is great for energizing the body and the mind and extremely beneficial for people with depression and anxiety.
4. Nadi Shodhan Pranayama (Alternate Nostril Breathing technique)
Try nine rounds of Nadi shodhan pranayama (alternate nostril breathing technique) followed by a short 10-minute meditation to focus better on your task. Nadi shodhan pranayama calms and centers the mind by bringing harmony between both the sections of the brain.
Since the pranayamas or breathing exercises deal with the subtle life force, it is necessary to practice them as taught by a certified yoga practitioner.
Practicing Yoga helps develop the body and mind but is not a substitute for medicine. In case of any medical condition, practice yoga only after consulting your doctor and a yoga teacher.