5 Main Practices of Pranayama Yoga
Pranayama has been given greater importance in yoga because it allows you to enjoy a healthy life and divine achievements.But, pranayama is also an alternative medical procedure.
During the different breathing practices you perform in a pranayama session, you enhance your respiratory system, which leads to a prolonged life expectancy. So, what are these practices you will try during a pranayama session? Here are five of them. Breath observation A pranayama session begins with breath observation. As you lie down and get into a comfortable position, you need to relax and start observing your breath. As you get deeper into a relaxed state, your attention to other things surrounding your drops and you start observing how you are breathing. After a few minutes, you start noticing your breath is becoming slower and slightly deeper. Breath observation allows you to find the central axis of your breath, which will lead you to pure breath observation. The practice helps you to notice where you feel your breath in the body and how to observe the same breath in its natural state. Concentration Concentration or Dharana in pranayama is the process of centering your mind on one single thought, which is your breath. Various rays of your mind focus on one object. There is no tossing. Concentration is needed to be able to channel Prana or life energy to your body senses. Pranayama practice is all about observation, concentration, and breathing. As you exhale and inhale, you learn how to control your mind, and focus on your breath. That’s why B.K.S. Iyengar quoted that, “Pranayama teaches the aspirants to regulate his breathing and thereby control the mind.” Awareness Pranayama without awareness of breath equals no development of meditative understanding and stability. Several yogic practices focus on specific benefits, but pranayama focuses on breath awareness and exercises. Being aware of your breath during the breathing technique can boost your overall health and wellbeing. Being aware of one’s Prana also cleanses the body and steadies your mind. There are other benefits that you will gain. With the help of a yoga teacher or a qualified teacher, you will get to know and understand the benefits of breath awareness in pranayama and how to help with respiratory issues during a session. Breathing exercises There is a reason why pranayama itself is called breathing exercise. The practice involves several breathing exercises like deep and fast breathing. Before you get into breathing exercises, it is better to understand the breathing process. The breathing process in pranayama involves inhaling and exhaling. The two activities guide all the breathing exercises you will do during pranayama, which involves holding your breath for a few minutes and trying different yoga postures. According to other breathing speed during pranayama, it is divided into three parts, which are: • The smooth breathing • The protracted breathing • The quick breathing. All this speed dictate how you breathe and the breathing exercises you will try. Body gestures and mental attitudes Pranayama practice is also about mental attitude and body gestures. For example, the two fingers in your arms, and curved and the other three remain straight and held together. Also, there is straightening of the thumb and bending of your right hand. All these are just some of the gesture you will do during a pranayama session. Also, your mental attitude needs to be right. Pranayama is a practice of inhalation and exhalation. The exercises should be 4 seconds of inhalation and 4 seconds of exhalation. It takes around eight seconds or more in one round. To achieve better results, don’t keep any tension inside. Make sure you relax and enjoy your session.