Pranayama is popularly understood as a variety of breathing exercises. However, there is more to it. Apart from filling the lungs with fresh oxygen, the purpose of Pranayama is to use the effective air circulation in the physical body to influence the flow of Prana or energy in the Pranamaya Kosha or the energy Sheathe enwrapping our body.
Before a child is born, it gets its entire oxygen supply from the mother. After birth, the doctor, nurse, parents, all wait anxiously for the baby to start breathing. If there is a slight delay, there is a panic. The nurse holds the baby upside down, the doctor slaps the baby’s back. Then when a shrill cry is heard, all tension melts away – the baby is breathing! From that moment onwards the breathing process remains involuntary. However, what we fail to understand is the difference between a voluntary beneficial way of breathing and the automatic breathing for survival. In general, humans breathe badly. Shallow, brisk, involuntary breaths. Thus we develop improper breathing habits, using only a small part of the lung capacity. This causes shallow breathing and deprives the body of sufficient oxygen and energy or prana, essential for good health and leads on to lack of resistance to disease, making us easy prey to extreme stress and chronic ailments.
An essential prerequisite for a calm and contented state of mind is a consciously controlled rhythmic deep and slow respiration. Untrained, irregular breathing disrupts the rhythm of the brain and causes physical, emotional and mental blocks. Through a deliberately controlled breathing practice or Pranayama, an immense amount of energy, trapped in the dark neurotic thought patterns, can be released for use in creative, rewarding and joyful activities.
In simple words, Pranayama consists of breathing in, breathing out, inward breath holding and outward breath holding. Literally speaking ‘Pran’ means energy or life force that exists in all things and the definition of ‘Ayama’ is, extension or expansion. Hence true Pranayama is the unique technique or proven, age-old tools, to activate, circulate and strengthen the energy system, which then permeates into other dimensions like vibration and resonation. The undeniable consequences of serious Pranayama techniques are rapidly getting acceptance of modern science and medical faculties.
Learn to do Pranayama, consisting of varied breathing exercises from Anindya Das, a leading yoga instructor of modern India, and his team. His routines are meaningful and procedures are simple, uncomplicated and easy to understand. His techniques have mass appeal and his vast number of students all over India and abroad, are benefitting from stress relief, prevention of disease and betterment of health conditions. The authentic Pranayama routines that he teaches are not just logical, they are convincingly beneficial to men and women of all ages. The difference between popularly performed yoga practices and Anindya’s rationalized yoga methods is that the latter easily fit into the contemporary busy lifestyle. Countless sports people have benefitted from his yoga routines, illustrating postures that increase the strength and suppleness of muscles and generates an overwhelming power of concentration.
Regular practice of Breathing exercises or Pranayama will improve the digestive system and abdominal strength, enabling easy elimination of body toxins. It will release tension from all parts of the body, circulating oxygenated blood to thyroid, parathyroid, tonsil, Pituitary glands, liver, kidneys, and all other vital organs. It protects from unseen forces, such as, negative thoughts, viruses, bad vibrations and helps to enhance the immune system, physical stamina, and sex power.