This group is for everyone who is interested to learn and practice Pranayama (pronunciated as Prāṇāyāma).
"Breathing is the physical part of thinking and thinking is the psychological part of breathing." – Ayurveda
Pranayama is a part of Yoga system that teaches you the art of extending your breath in many different ways. When practicing Pranayama the breath should be skillfully inhaled, exhaled and retained. It teaches you to change the depth, rate and pattern of breathing.
Pranayama is a Sanskrit word which literally translates into “extension of the prana or breath”. ‘Prana’ means life-force and it is the life-force or vital energy that pervades the body. Prana is the link between mind and consciousness. The physical manifestation of 'prana’ is breath and 'ayama' means to extend or draw out the breath.
"When the Breath wanders, the mind is unsteady, but when the Breath is still, so is the mind still.” – Hatha Yoga Pradipika.
Breathing is vital for our survival as it is the only way we can send oxygen inside our body and into our organs. We can live for months without consuming food and days without water, however we can only survive a few minutes without breathing. When you learn the breathing techniques it will positively affect your actions and thoughts. Every thought we have changes the rhythm of our breath. When we are happy breathing is rhythmic and when we are stressed breathing is irregular and interrupted. Mastering the art of breathing is a crucial step towards self-healing and survival.
Benefits of Pranayama:
1. Activates and helps in anti-ageing process; getting rid of wrinkles and skin glows naturally.
2. Boosts the sexuality of a person by increasing the sensuality and stamina.
3. Instantly experience peace and blissfulness as though you were transported into a new world.
4. It is said in the yoga science this Pranayama cleanses 72,000 Nadis or channels in the body.
5. Certain Pranayamas are excellent for weight loss.
6. It helps purify the blood and the respiratory system.
7. The deeper breathing enriches the blood with oxygen.
8. Balances and calms our nervous system so when stressed this is extremely beneficial.
9. It helps relieve anxiety, nervousness and headaches.
10. Helps strengthen the respiratory system.
11. Improves the autonomic functions.
12. Helps relieve the symptoms of asthma.
13. Reduces the signs of oxidative stress in the body.
14. Everyday practice can assist in steady mind, strong will power and sound judgement.
15. Regular Pranayama can extend life and enhance ones perception of life.
16. Number of studies show that Pranayama causes change in the cardio respiratory system including lowering of blood pressure.
'Prāṇa' is Breath or vital energy in the body. On subtle levels 'Prāṇa' represents the Prāṇic energy responsible for life or life force, and 'ayāma' means Control. Prāṇāyāma is 'Control of Breath'.
Who should not be doing Pranayama:
Pranayama should be practiced with care and it is better to do advanced Pranayama with a teacher’s guidance.
· Pranayama is not recommended during menstruation, and pregnancy.
· Anyone with any form of heart condition, particularly if they have a recent history of heart attack. People with low blood pressure must practice Pranayama under the guidance of a teacher or Ayurvedic Doctor.
· Avoid if you have fever, bronchitis, or pneumonia.
· Anyone going through radiation or chemo therapy.
· Not recommended for anyone going through psychological condition, sadness, grief, trauma, anger, anxiety, depression or suicidal feelings.
I have been practicing and teaching Prānayāma (Breathing Techniques), Yoga and Dhyāna (Meditation) for over 10 years.
I started this group to meet other enthusiasts who I could teach and learn from. Looking forward to meet all the enthusiasts to breathe better for a general well-being.
All are welcome.. :)