The word “Prana” stands for life force and this is believed to be the vital energy or life force that encompasses the body. This also serves as the link between the consciousness and the mind. It was believed that once the breath starts to wander, the mind also becomes unsteady. Once the breath is still, your mind is still as well.
Breathing is essential since this is the only way for you to send the “oxygen” inside the body and to other organs. People can survive the months without having a food on their play. But, they cannot do this without water. However, it is good to take note that they cannot “survive” several minutes without breathing.
Once you understand the right breathing technique, this can create a huge impact to your thoughts and actions. Bear in mind that every thought can change your breath rhythm. If you are happy, breathing is rhythmic. If you are also stressed, your breathing will most often be interrupted or irregular. If you master the “art of breathing”, you can easily understand self healing.
The Benefits of Pranayama:
- Reduced Rate of Breathing: With pranayama, you can teach yourself on how to breathe deeply and slowly. This will help you lessen the rate of breathing from 15 breaths per minutes to 5 to 6 breaths. Once you have successfully understood the process on how to reduce the breathing rate, you can also reduce the “wear and tear” of your internal organs. It relaxes the body’s nerves and tensions, lowers blood pressure and a lot more.
- Increases Life: Based on the philosophy of Yoga, longevity of life depends on the breathing rate. As you lower your breathing rate, you also increase your life. For an instance, if tortoise only takes 4 to 5 breaths per minutes, it also has the ability to live for 200 years and more.
- Improves Blood Circulation: Breathing lets the fresh and oxygenated blood during the inhalation travels from the lungs and then, to the heart”. Heart is the one that pumps the blood through blood vessels and arteries of the body. Because of this, the blood circulation can be improved. More prana, cosmic energy, or oxygen can reach the various parts of the body.
- Healthy Heart: One of the most hardworking organs is none other than the heart. Heart beats almost one-hundred times daily and it pumps blood “day in” and “day out” nonstop throughout your life. This is the one that determines your life quality and expectancy in old age. Having enough oxygen in your blood means more oxygen to be found in the heart’s muscle.
- Improved Mental Health: This practice provides people the freedom from any harmful and negative mental conditions such as depression, anger, lasciviousness, arrogance, excessive want for money and more. By practicing pranayama, you can control mind fluctuations and prepare yourself for deep meditation. You will experience inner peace, better concentration, better memory, better sleep, lightness of the body and more.
At Abhinam Yoga Schools, we emphasize the importance of Pranayama techniques which must be used before, during and after the asana for the deepening the yoga practice and the improving the students quality of life. The students participating in Yoga Teacher Trainings in India are taught pranayama theory from the basics of how to practice a full yogic breath up to fire, cooling, tranquilizing and healing pranayamas for own practice and to teach.