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PRANAYAMA

Prana refers to the universal life force and ‘ayama’ means to regulate or lengthen. Prana is the vital energy needed by our physical and subtle layers, without which the body would perish. So Pranayama is “Control of Breath”. One can control the rhythms of pranic energy with pranayama and achieve healthy body and mind.

Just as bathing is necessary for the purification of the body, similarly Pranayama is essential for the purification of the mind. Pranayama helps to improve retention power and concentration power. This in turn leads to soundness of mind and soundness of body.

Different types of Pranayamas are:

·         Bhramari Pranayama

·         Ujjayi Pranayama

·         Bhastrika Pranayama

·         Surya Bhedana Pranayama

·         Sheetali Pranayama

·         Shitkari Pranayama

Effects of Pranayamas

►   Physical Effects

  • Preservation of the body’s health
  • Purification of the blood
  • Improvement in the absorption of oxygen
  • Strengthening the lungs and heart
  • Regulation of blood pressure
  • Regulation of the nervous system
  • Supporting the healing process and healing therapies
  • Increasing resistance to infection

►   Mental Effects

  • Elimination of stress, nervousness and depression
  • Quietening of thoughts and emotions
  • Inner balance
  • Release of energy blockages

►   Spiritual Effects

  • Deepening of meditation
  • Awakening and purification of the Chakras (energy centres)
  • Expansion of consciousness