Our breath is the very essence of our life. But did you know that each stroke of our breath has a profound impact on our mind, body and overall wellness?
Pranayama (“Prana” which means breath and “yama” means control), the fourth of the eight limbs of Yoga presented by Patanjali Yoga Sutra, entails many breathing techniques that can help restore the balance in the mind and body! Researchers have documented that regular practice of pranayama is effective for improving health and wellness and has varied benefits, including:
Our body needs energy to perform any physical or mental activity, which we get by eating healthy food and getting adequate sleep. However, we can enhance our bodily energy by practicing pranayama regularly. Pranayama brings energizing oxygen to every cell of the body, cleaning up all the digestive blockages that lead to low energy levels.
Regular practice of pranayama helps to improve the mechanical efficiency of our respiratory system, which in turn help keep infection at bay. A study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicines claims that regular practice of pranayama promotes an improvement in anti-oxidants in the body, resulting in better immunity.
Research shows that practicing controlled breathing techniques as pranayama calms the mind and reduces stress and anxiety.
Though pranayama should be practiced under the guidance of an experienced teacher who understands your capabilities, there are certain simple techniques you can try as long as you are in good health.
Here are four simple pranayama techniques to help you get started on the path of connecting to your inner self and enhanced wellness.
In Bhastrika Pranayama, you need to inhale and exhale rapidly so that your body gets the maximum amount of oxygen. This breathing technique helps to – increase the circulation of blood in the entire body, helps relieve depression and energize the mind and body.
This vigorous yoga breathing exercise helps to maintain weight, cleanse out toxins from the body and relaxes your mind.
Bhramari Pranayama can help you calm your mind, improve concentration and build confidence. It also helps in balancing emotions, getting relief from headaches and improving concentration.
Anulom Vilom cleans the blocked channels in the body and lets the prana flow freely. This breathing technique is very helpful in treating respiratory-related illnesses like asthma and managing mental health conditions such as anxiety, stress and depression.
Pranayama help rejuvenate every cell of the body. The benefits of practicing it regularly are countless. Include pranayama in your daily routine, no matter what your age is and experience a positive change at physical and psychological level.