About Pranayama Breathing Techniques And Benefits

Summary: Difficulties are a part and parcel of life. Problems lead to stress and tensions but every problem has a solution. An effective solution to the stress-free life lies in the pranayama breathing that confers the mankind with tranquility. Start the practice to gain a disease free and healthy intellect.

In the modern world, the humanity suffers from problems and ills generated by itself. We have created an unhealthy and artificial environment.

Every day, the mankind creates a new problem for the self and the society too. Then, we spend all our efforts to find a solution to it. A never-ending process of creating problems and finding solutions commences. A calm and stress-free mind is lost.

When we experience stress, we start finding the solutions to overcome it and the process goes on. We always look at the stress in our lives but fail to clearly look at the reasons behind it. There is a need for introspection. The solution lies in internal introspection.

There is a need for examination and understanding of the thought process and the state of mind. Our mind always remains in a jumbled state. We need to make our mind more aware, alert and fear-free.

Only a disease-free body and a clear mind can strive for spiritual upliftment. To achieve an ever alert, stress-free and peaceful intellect, practice pranayama breathing. It eliminates several mental disorders and reinforces the memory. The practice of pranayama makes you experience moments of tranquility to be cherished forever.

If you wish to expunge all the worries to experience a light mind then imbibe pranayama breathing techniques in your daily life. Have a look at the steps to perform the pranayama breathing:

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Step 1: Practice pranayama during early morning in a fresh and cool environment.If evenings are more comfortable then practice during that time. Mornings are the ideal time for the technique. Choose a dry-ventilated, spacious space that is free from distractions.

Step 2: Before you begin the practice, intake small quantity of liquid diet, such as fresh fruit juice, milk etc. Do not take anything solid. Clean your nostrils thoroughly before the commencement of the practice. After the practice, do not take bath immediately. Rest for about half an hour before taking the bath. Have a light tiffin or liquid.

Step 3: Begin the practice in a seated posture with erect spine, crossed legs and straight head.The recommended postures are Padmasana, Siddhasana, and Vajrasana. Keep the face in forwarding direction. entities with knee problem can practice on a chair.  Once you start the practice of yogic breathing, it is advisable to continue it. Never miss a day. Only stop the practice when seriously ill.

Step 4: During the practice, keep the eyes closed and try to concentrate on the area of two eyebrows. Practice with a relaxed mind, no worries, and extra thoughts. Do not perform half-heartedly, it will not be beneficial.

Now, when you are clear about the prerequisites of how pranayama should be practiced –let us throw some light on the types of pranayama breathing methods:

Bhastrika Pranayama

Sit in padmasana pose and place your hands on the knees. Now, take deep breaths through both the nostrils that fill the lungs with air and, exhale with a hissing sound. Inhale and exhale deeply for 2-5 minutes. It strengthens the lungs, calms the mind and cures diseases like thyroid, asthma and other respiratory problems.

Kapalbhati Pranayama:

Sit in any comfortable cross-legged pose and, rest your hands on the knees with open palms. Breathe in, pull your stomach in and draw your navel inwards while exhaling through the nostrils with a hissing sound. Allow your abdomen to relax while inhaling and repeat the process for five minutes. While performing Kapalbhati, it produces internal heat that detoxifies the human body.It improves digestion, the function of kidneys and liver and, also makes the skin glow.

Bhramari Pranayama:

Sit in any sitting pose and close your eyes and take deep breaths. Now, close the earlid with the thumbs and, close the eyes with rest of the fingers while the index finger is placed on the eyebrows. Focus on the area between the eyebrows and, apply pressure on the sides of the nose. Breathe out through the nostril with closed mouth and make a humming sound. Repeat the process in succession for five times. It relieves stress, cures heart problems and high blood pressure.

Anulom Viloma or Nadi Shodhana Pranayama:

Sit in padmasana with hands placed on the knees and eyes closed. Close the left nostril with a thumb and inhale through the right nostril. Close the right nostril with the middle finger and release the breath through your left nostril. Now, take a deep breath through the left nostril and release through the right nostril. Continue this for 5 minutes. It relieves you from mental problems like tension, depression, etc.  and, also helps in respiratory problems.

Pranav Pranayama:

Begin in the padmasana pose with closed eyes, straight back and hands in Gyana Mudra. Perform normal breathing as you inhale and exhale and, focus on the word ‘OM’. Feel the connection with positive energy. Repeat the process for 2-3 minutes. Now rub your palms and place them on the eyes to feel the warmth. Relieves tension and calms the mind. Helps with heart problems.

Embrace eternal happiness and evolution with the practice of pranayama breathing.

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Manmohan Singh

Manmohan Singh is a passionate Yogi, Yoga Teacher and a Traveler in India. He provides yoga teacher training in Rishikesh, India. He loves writing and reading the books related to yoga, health, nature and the Himalayas. His strong connection with Yoga and the Himalayas has made him to organize yoga, meditation and Ayurveda tours, and retreats in the Himalayas.