Benefits of pranayama

Pranayama is not a simple breathing exercise instead of, it is a scientific breathing process where we do control over prana is achieved. Pranayama creates a connection between physical (asanas) and mental (meditation) yogic practices.

Pranayam meaning

Pranayam means control of Breadth .” prana” is Breath or vital energy in the body. Prana represents the pranic energy responsible for life or life force, and ‘Ayama” means control .thus pranayama is “ control of Breadth”. We can control the rhythms of pranic energy with pranayama and achieve a healthy body and mind.

Kinds of Pranayam

  • Basic Abdominal Breathing
  • Natural Breathing
  • Clavicular Breathing
  • Thoracic breathing
  • Deep Breathing with ratios
  • Yogic breathing
  • Fast Breathing
  • Anulom-vilom
  • Viloma
  • Ujjayi
  • Cooling Breath
  • Bhastrika
  • Bhramari
  • Surya Bhedan

Benefits of Pranayama:

  1. Pranayama is beneficial in treating a range of stress-related disorders.
  2. Pranayama helps to improve autonomic functions.
  3. It is very much helpful in treating asthma.
  4. It reduces the symptoms of oxidative stress in the body.
  5. Practicing pranayama can assist in a steady mind, strong will power and sound judgment.
  6. Regular pranayama can extend life and improves the perception of life.
  7. pranayama can change in the cardiorespiratory system including lowering of blood pressure
  8. Certain pranayama is marvelous for weight loss.

The contradiction between Pranayama and breathing

There is a difference between pranayama and breathing. Pranayama is much more than exhalation and inhalation. Pranayama is regulated breathing & comprises pukara-slow and prolonged inhalation, kumbhaka-retention of breath, and recall-slow and prolonged exhalation.  While breathing included only inhalation and exhalation. Pranayama is always performed in a specific posture, in padmasana ( special sitting ) while in case of breathing, nothing is like that.  Breathing provides only physical benefits while pranayama is beneficial for all, your body, mind, and soul.


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