Breathing right is a simple yet effective solution to maintaining the health, functionality, and vitality of our body organs. ‘Pranayama‘ is one such breathing technique. Here, the breath is regulated to activate the life aspect or ‘prana’ in the body and mind.
Through Pranayama, a person’s ability to fight back his/her disease takes a huge jump. This happens because pure and oxygenated blood starts flowing through the 72,000 nerves in the body. Which is key to good physical and mental health.
Although there are numerous streams of Pranayama, here we shall talk about those that are widely popular and are beneficial for many people. Although, before we begin, below are some pointers that should be kept in mind while practicing Pranayama.
- It should ideally be practiced before sunrise or after sunset.
- The place should be open, clean, cool, and ventilated.
- It shouldn’t be messy, dusty, or stinky.
- It is best practiced seated in Padmasana, Siddhasana or Sukhasana.
- It is best to practice it on an empty stomach.
- Light and loose clothing should be worn.
- It should be practiced regularly with patience and alertness.
- Always keep your body’s capacity in mind, and do not force or push yourself too hard.
The types of Pranayama
In this stream of Pranayama, one breathes deeply through the right nostril and exhales slowly through the left nostril. The right nostril is called Suryanadi, which denotes Surya Pingala Nadi and Bhedana means ‘out’ or awakening. It helps in awakening the Kundalini Shakti.
Here, one has to imitate the sound of sea waves while breathing. When a person breathes through both nostrils, the throat produces this vibrating sound. This sound is what gives Ujjayi Pranayama its importance.
The breath is inhaled by rounding the tongue and is slowly exhaled through the nose. This Pranayama is also called ‘cooling breath,’ because it creates enough oxygen in the body and helps it cool down. This Pranayama is best practiced in the summer season.
This is a peculiar stream of Pranayama, where one has to lie down instead of sitting. As one lies down, they should take a deep breath, which makes the belly fully rise. This position has to be held for a few seconds, and then the breath is to be released slowly. It reduces fatigue and boosts mental peace.
For Sheetkari Pranayama, one has to clench their jaw tightly and inhale through the mouth while making a ‘si’ sound. After a deep breath, exhale through the nose. This helps to reduce body heat, and its process and benefits are similar to Sheetali Pranayama.
The precautions to be taken
- This pranayama should be done empty stomach.
- Avoid holding your breath for a long time in the beginning.
- One should not rush while practicing it.
- As far as possible, it should be done in a very calm manner.
- A pregnant woman or a person who is sick should not practice fast-paced Pranayama.
- Patients with asthma, high blood pressure, and heart-related issues should abstain from practicing.
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