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PRANAYAMA

Recharge and Rejuvenate

The Personality with

Pranayama Note:

Kapalbhati is prohibited for those having heart problem ,high blood pressure , acidity and recent surgery.

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n modern world yoga is one the most popular and powerful method for healthy living. Yoga is a system or science to improve quality of our life by developing healthy and creative personality through different disciplines of yoga. But when we talk about yoga then it doesn’t means only the physical part but it is an integration of all disciplines of practices including physical, mental, relaxation, and detox practices. Among all practices, pranayama is known to be the most important part to balance and control our whole personality. Physical practices (asana) makes us feel young and energetic but pranayama practices not only makes us feel young and energetic but also we look youthful and fresh. To enjoy the freshness and beauty of the nature (environment) we must feel good, happy and healthy from inside. Unless we feel fresh and happy from inside we cannot enjoy outer beauty. Among eight limbs of yoga explained by the father of yoga Sage Patanjali , pranayama is the fourth limbs and he explained pranayama as a bridge between inner and outer world. Without pranayama the discipline or practice of yoga is not complete, in fact real yoga starts from the practice of pranayama. Asanas practices are just preparation for the pranayama . Through the asanas practice, we try to open our energy channels, centers and encourage the flow of blood and prana to each and every cell. When physical body is open and in balance condition then pranayama practices directly works at the cellular level. Pranayama is Sanskrit word meaning "extension of the prana or breath" or more accurately, "extension of the life force". It gives dimensions to Prana and energizes the whole personality. Every individual have inherent energy to sustain life, without this prana we cannot live even a fraction of second. But these inherent prana (energy) starts depleting

due to an internal or external factors. Through the practice of pranayama we try to recharge that inherent prana with the action of bringing oxygen from the atmosphere to the lungs, bloodstream and all cells of the body. All the important reactions in cells take place through this process of breathing. This process is not just breathing but it is also energy building process, as we know without oxygen food cannot be converted to the glucose. Glucose + oxygen gas = Cellular energy + Carbondioxide + water Breath works as a carrier of prana and creates balance between all the layers of the personality. By supplying oxygen to the lungs it purifies blood and throws out toxins from the cells naturally. All these purifying and energy building process are natural and continuously going in our body but any change in physical , mental , emotional state changes the rhythm of the breath and internal bio rhythm. Even change in outer environment affects our internal biorhythm. Irregular breathing is a sign of illness. When we are in anger then our breath is short and forceful, during grief and sadness breath becomes arrhythmic, in depression breath is like sighing and in neuroses and mental disturbances our breath becomes irregular. It is seen that when we focus on breath and control the speed and length of the breath then we can almost control our whole personality. Deep breathing releases endorphins into blood streams. Endorphins are the brain chemical neuro-modulators which cope up with pain and deals for eliminating fear & anxiety. Slow rhythmic breathing creates the feeling of relaxation, alpha brain waves and reduces muscles tension. Rhythm of the breath controls brain rhythm, heartbeat, muscle tension, mental & emotional states, hormonal & enzymatic rhythm, sleep & wakefulness. Unconscious

breathing originates from medulla oblongata (primitive brain).Conscious breathing comes from more evolve area of the brain called “cerebral cortex”. Through the various pranayama practices we not only control the reaction of the physical body but also we can improve the quality and potential of the brain. When we say yoga helps to manage and cure various physical, mental and emotional health problems then more than 75% credit goes to the pranayama practices with the combination of other disciplines of yoga. Although yoga is preventive system for any health issue but it can be used as a curative and for rehabilitation too with 100% safety and also can be used a complimentary to modern medicine. Once our internal biorhythm is in balance and we are free from any internal disturbances and it becomes easier for us to adjust and face the outer challenges. In past pranayama practices were not open for common people but after the effort of some great modern yogis specially Swami Satyananda Saraswati , it becomes easier for the common people also to practice and get immense benefit. Swami Satyanandaji simplified the practices and explained the details of the practice. Now common people can choose the practices according to their need, even those who are sick and injured. But it should be done under expert guidance not by watching video and reading from the books.

Some important pranayama for regular practice:

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Kapalbhati (forceful exhalation) – to increase vital energy and detox. Sheetkari (cooling) -- to cool down body and mind. Ujjayi ( tranqilizing) – Balance the thyroid and flow of blood. Nadi shodhana ( balancing) – Purifying , recharging and balancing .

By Sanjiv chaturvedi

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