Human beings can survive weeks without food, days without water, but not more than a few min without breathing. Is there some Universal secret behind this often taken-for-granted fact?
If there is, the ancient Vedic masters definitely knew about it. Apparently, they have been using Pranayam Yoga for centuries to heal the body, rejuvenate the soul, remain youthful regardless of biological age, and even to attain enlightenment.
Pranayama Yoga itself can be practiced for longevity, vitality and restoration of health. Even if the person has serious physical injuries, handicaps and/or mobility problems, Pranayama Yoga can be practiced for improved health.
No matter what level of wellness a person starts from, the health situation has a chance to improve upon incorporating Yoga.
Breath is something we often overlook in life. Most rejuvenation exercises, healing, stress management and emotional management workshops incorporate some kind of breathing in the cirriculum. They are intelligently using the power of Pranayams to manage emotional states.
Within the school of Pranayam Yoga itself, there are varying techniques of practising. They can be different in terms of where it is done from – breathing through left, right nostrils vs mouth; how it is being done – the pattern of recurrence; locks – which basically means contracting certain muscles in the body, frequency, rhythm/speed and many more. The list goes on, and I’m pretty sure there could be more which could be undiscovered by modern humans yet.
Speaking from personal experience, I know for sure that Pranayams work, anytime, anywhere without fail. By varying my breath patterns, I am able to change my moods and manage emotional states.
And more incredibly, when various Pranayam techniques are used in conjunction with Yoga postures, I feel miracles taking place within. And these miracles are projected outwards because we are no more than manifestations of everything that is within.
A simple experiment to conduct on yourself would be to consciously take 5 long deep breaths when you are feeling stressed and/or tired. Consciously means to empty your mind and focus on nothing else but the action of breathing only – the drawing in and out of air through your nostrils.
And suddenly, you feel better, more stable, more in control, and more grounded. For someone who is eating simple foods, or better still, a large of raw vegan foods, you may even feel love!
This love is, mind you, not the usual kind of conditional love we all experience in everyday life. This love is the vibrational force emanating from Mother Earth – who is Divine and Pure Love in essence.
Pranayama is the formal practice of controlling the breath, which is the source of our prana, or vital life force. Here, illustrated below pranayama exercises & poses, breathing techniques and sequences.
Breath training is an integral part of yoga as well as a means of creating a more balanced, healthy mind and body. It makes a lot of difference to internal organs too, you will be able to relax more in the yoga breathing pose and also enjoy it.
Pranayam: Yoga Breathing Exercise
Baba Ramdev Breathing Exercise (Illustrated)
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