In Yoga, Pranayama refers to the practice of controlling the Yogi’s breath where the Prana or essential life force emanates. You become aware of breathing by using your breath to calm the dynamic thinking mind or Chitta.
Both neophytes and seasoned practitioners can benefit from integrating Pranayama techniques for beginners not only in the Yoga mat but elsewhere if life becomes challenging. You simply need several minutes, Siddhasana or comfortable sitting posture, and space without distractions.
The best position is to sit on a folded blanket which also applies to Padmasana or Lotus Position. Yet, you may also adopt other positions for as long as your back is upright from the bottom of the spinal column to the neck.
You should also be at a 90 degree angle to the floor. Bad posture will only cause shallow breathing and poor stamina. Before you begin practicing Pranayama Yoga, make sure to empty your bowels and bladder.
Perform this Yoga only when you have an empty stomach which is usually during the early morning before sunrise. Pollution must be at a very low level with the brain and body still fresh. If this is not possible, practice Pranayama after the sun sets when air is cooler and pleasant.
All practitioners must breathe and take note of the natural breath before Pranayama. Breathing is the sole voluntary and involuntary function of your body that uncovers the unconscious physical, mental, and psychological patterns. You can heal and change these patterns only by recognizing them. Or else, your breath continues to tell your story whether you pay attention or not.
You can discern the strength of Pranayama after you become conscious of the profundity, sound, and regularity of your breath. Then, you can try the following steps:
Sahita Pranayama refers to a brief period of silence. A state of relaxation takes place between inhaling and exhaling. Through this technique, you enhance your physical and mental fortitude with emphasis on tranquillity. Likewise, you must not try to hold breathing with force because it creates more apprehensions.
To avoid causing stress, here are some things to consider:
Our breath recedes into the background and we lose focus. Our lives turn out shallow as well and almost inaudible. Pranayama Yoga helps us find deeper meaning and come to appreciate ourselves and other people as well.