Importance and Benefits of Pranayama, Breathing Techniques

Vinyasa-sunrise-yogaPranayama (Sanskrit: प्राणायाम ) is a Sanskrit word translated as “breath control”.The word is composed of two Sanskrit words: prana meaning life force and either ayama are to restrain or control the prana, implying a set of breathing techniques where the breath is intentionally altered in order to produce specific results. It is a yogic way and its origins in ancient India. It serves as the link between the consciousness and the mind. It was believed that once the breath starts to wander, the mind also becomes unsteady. Once the breath is still, your mind is still as well.

Importance Of Pranayama

Pranayama plays a very important role in Yoga that directly or indirectly affects the proper functioning of different systems of the body. If you practice pranayama regularly, it shows beneficial impacts upon the respiratory system, circulatory system, digestive system and endocrine system. Pranayama makes sure more oxygen to lungs and good for hearts too. Pranayama tones up kidney and control the functions of nervous system. Kumbhaka of breath helps the supply of oxygen or exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide thus facilitates better work of lungs and helps the brain to work more efficiently. Pranayama affects autonomic nervous system which controls heart rate, glandular secretions, respiration, digestion and blood pressure.

Patanjali Yoga Sutra Knowledge Sheet 85

Contd. from knowledge sheet 84
“Tasminsati shwasaprashwasayorgativicchedaha pranayama’’ (II Sutra 49)
“In that state of being in asana or posture, breaking the movement of inspiratory or expiratory breath is regulation of breath.”
There, in that state of asana, obstructing the flow of breath that is natural. You are blocking the natural flow because your flow is not natural at all. We have made our breath so unnatural, is unnatural. So whatever is natural is now unnatural. We have to revert backward. How do you revert back? It’s not just by accepting what is. “However the breath is going, I accept it”. No. Gati vichchedaha – break its movement. Break the movement of the breath by consciously breathing long, subtly and with counts and having attention at different places.

The next sutra:

“Bahyabhyantarastambhavruttirdeshakalasankhyabhihi parid rash to dirgha suksh maha’’ (II Sutra 50)
“Internal and external breath and total restraint of breath is regulated by place, time and number and thus the breath becomes long and subtle.”
This one sutra has described all the pranayamas, just one sutra. Breath in, hold and breath out with different counts; while having attention on different parts of the body. In one sentence, in one sutra, all the pranayamas are summed up.

There is one more pranayama which happens automatically. When all the thoughts, ideas in the mind and the objects are cleared, there is a natural pranayama which starts. It throws out all the impurities from the mind. That is the fourth pranayama.

“Bahyabhyantaravishayakshepi chat rt haha’’ (II Sutra 51)
The fourth type of pranayama happens when the regions of internal and external breaths have been gone beyond of.

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Types Of Pranayama

  1. Quiet Breathing, Deep Breathing, Fast Breathing
  2. Tribandha and Pranayama
  3. Nadi Shuddhi Pranayama
  4. Ujjayi Pranayama
  5. Bhramari Pranayama
  6. Pranayama from Hatha Yoga (Surya Bhedan, Bhasrika, Ujjayi, Shitali, Sitkari, Bhramari, Murchha & Plavini Pranayama)

Benefits of Pranayama

  1. Pranayama creates oxygen circulation smooth, helps in weight regulation by melting fat as more oxygen burns more fat.
    Pranayama is the key of Intelligence.
  2. It provides lightness to the body; acts as diseases destructor brings vigor and power.
  3. Pranayama helps in lungs expansion thereby improves its efficiency and makes it healthy.
  4. It also helps in contending blood pressure and heart diseases; makes digestion smooth.
  5. It cures the phlegm, mucus and tonsillitis problems. Makes your gums and teeth healthy.
  6. Pranayama transfers stillness and calmness to the mind, increased concentration and stability of mind.
  7. Pranayama is good for physical, mental and spiritual happiness.

Best Yoga Poses To Avoid High Blood Pressure| Vinyasa Yoga

In todays world every person suffer from High blood Pressure Problem . Now Question is arising “How could you avoid high blood pressure to maintain your healthy life” that is Yoga . Yoga has marvelous assistances such as increased flexibility, better concentration,  stress relieve, stronger bones and muscles, and much more. But for some people with certain conditions, yoga needs to be practiced with extra safety.The practice of Yoga poses(Vinyasa Yoga) (Hatha Yoga) offers tremendous health and wellness benefits. High blood pressure is a serious health condition that generates many possible contraindications especially in Yoga postures that invert the head below the level of the heart.

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What Is High Blood Pressure?

When your heart beats pumps your blood round your body to give  the energy and oxygen it needs. As the blood moves, it pushes against the sides of the blood vessels. The strong point of this pushing is your blood pressure. If your blood pressure is too high, it puts extra stress on your heart and this may lead to heart attacks and strokes.

There are two types of blood pressure:

  1. Systolic blood pressure refers to the pressure inside your arteries when your heart is pumping.
  2. Diastolic pressure is the pressure inside your arteries when your heart is resting between beats.

Causes of High Blood Pressure

  1. Smoking
  2. Coffee or other caffeinated drinks
  3. A full bladder
  4. Recent physical activity
  5. Consume too much salt.
  6. Don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables.
  7. Do not workout.
  8. Overweight
  9. Drink too much alcohol.
  10. Tension
  11. Blood pressure is also affected by your emotional state and the time of day

What are the poses To avoid High Blood pressure?

Some of these poses are :

  1. Sukhasana
  2. Uttanasana
  3. Adho Mukha Svanasana
  4. Virasana
  5. Baddha Konasana
  6. Supta Padangusthasana
  7. Setu Bandhasana

Sukhasana

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The Sukhasana is also called the Easy Pose. It is a meditative pose that works on calming both the mind and the body. Asanas works on the nervous system and regulates its stroke. It successfully aids in reducing hypertension, and therefore, directly or indirectly works on bringing down blood pressure.

Uttanasana(Standing Forward Bends)

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Helps reduce fatty deposits in the abdominal region, thus enabling weight loss. It also acts as an effective stress reliever and normalizes high blood pressure.

Adho Mukha Svanasana

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Benefits Of Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog Pose) Adho Mukha Svanasana leaves you feeling energized and rejuvenated. It calms the brain and helps relieve stress and mild depression. It growths the spine and supports the muscles of the chest thereby increasing lung capacity.

Virasan

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This asana is a meditative pose, so it is best if you practice this pose in the morning. But you could do it in the evening as well. It gives the ankles, thighs, and knees a good stretch.It improves the circulation of blood in the legs and relieves tired legs.It helps cure high blood pressure, asthma, and flat feet.

Baddha Konasana(Bound Angel Pose)

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Stimulates the heart and leads to better circulation of blood all over the body. It also relieves stress and weariness.Baddha Konasana  also known as the Butterfly or Bound Angle Pose, is a seated pose that strengthens and opens the hips and groin while eradicating abdominal discomfort. During each exercise, will make sure to maintain a focus on your proper breathing.

Supta Padangusthasana

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This asana stretches the arms and legs, allowing the release of the trapped stress in the limbs. When all the energy blocks are opened up, blood and oxygen flow are improved. The back is also stretched and relaxed. It is a great asana to practice when your ultimate goal is to bring down blood pressure.

Setu Bandhasana(Bridge pose)

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Stretches the chest, neck, spine, and hips. Strengthens the back, buttocks, and hamstrings. Improves circulation of blood. Helps alleviate stress and mild depression.