WHAT IS PRANAYAMA BREATHING??
Breathing is so simple and so obvious we often take it for granted, ignoring the power it has to affect body, mind and spirit.
With every inhale we bring oxygen into the body and spark the transformation of nutrients into fuel. With every exhale the body purges carbon dioxide, a toxic waste.
Breathing also affects our state of mind. It can make us excited or calm, tense or relaxed.
Breathing can make our thinking "confused or clear."
What's more, in the yogic tradition, air is the primary source of prana or life force, a psycho-physio-spiritual force that permeates the universe.
Pranayama is loosely translated as prana or breath control. The ancient yogis developed many breathing techniques to maximize the benefits of prana.
Pranayama is used in yoga as a separate practice to help clear and cleanse the body and mind.
Pranayama Breathing has many benefits including:
1. Reduced Breathing Rate
2. Pranayama improves blood circulation
3. Pranayama improves the functioning of body organs
4. Pranayama improves mental health.
5. Pranayama improves quality of life in old age.
6. Pranayama helps with breathing to access more of the lung capacity.
I have a few different types of pranayama breathing techniques that I teach in my yoga class. The main ones that I love to teach are:
Bumble bee breath
A variation of fire breath.
There are many simple Pranayama breathing techniques that we can all do.
EVEN WITH 5 MINUTES OF PRANAYAMA BREATHING A DAY YOU WILL FEEL THE BENEFITS OVER TIME.