Pranayama Practices and Breathing Techniques –
1. Pranayama derives itself from “prana” meaning life force or energies which move on their own at physical level like air. The Ancient Hatha yoga texts describe prana as five types Vayu, Samana, Apana, Vyana, and Udana. Pranayama means to control or expand these vital energies.
2. Here at Kaivalyadhama we teach traditional breathing techniques and pranayama practices in its purest form which enables control over one’s breath and allows regulation of flow and direction of pranas in the body. We also explain and demonstrate scientific reasoning of the ancient techniques of pranayama practices which provides deep understanding and clarity to yoga practitioners.
3. The intercoastal muscles of the Respiratory system help in breathing that is inhalation and exhalation. The pranayama practices help to strengthen these muscles as well as increases the lung capacity to its fullest.
4. Pranayama also balances Tridosha in the body specifically, kapha (mucous secretions) doshas which increases with any viral load in the body. The increase of Kapha leads to suffocation and uneasiness or may necessitate external breathing assistance. Very simple pranayamic practices can help in keeping respiratory system healthy and relieving of these symptoms and uneasiness especially in the challenging times of the pandemic.
5. The ancient hathayog texts also recommend that pranayama practices be done under supervision of qualified and trained yoga teacher since it involves control and regulation of pranas and can lead to adverse effects if not performed in rightful manner.