Pranayama Yoga is one kind of breathing exercise. The word “pranayama”, in Sanskrit, means “extension of the prana” or “breathing”. This word is composed of “prana” (the life force, the breathing) and “ayama” (verb. to extend).
Pranayama Yoga represents the practice of controlling our breath. In yoga, our breath is our source of prana. So the way we breath influences the amount and quality of the prana we bring into our body.
There are many techniques of breathing and poses to improve our breathing. These poses are different and have different influences and benefits for our body.
Suryabhedan – is a Pranayama Yoga method.
Sit in a meditative pose. Now close your left nostril. Use your index and middle fingers from your right hand. Now inhale from your right nostril. Close your right nostril with the thumb from your right hand. Now exhale from the left nostril. Repeat. This practice can increase your body heat. It can improve digestion, purify your blood and delay the aging or your body. It is mostly recommended to practice this technique during winter, due to its body heating property.
Bhastrika – It is the second Pranayama Yoga technique on this list.
Sit in a meditative pose on the floor. Keep your back straight. Relax your shoulder muscles. Close your right nostril with the right thumb. Now bring the right elbow to the level of the shoulder. Inhale and exhale through the left nostril after you closed your eyes. Start with slow breaths then faster for about 20 minutes. Now take a long breath in and keep it as long as you can. Now repeat it for the other side. This breathing yoga exercise helps your body to release the toxins, get a better digestion, lose weight, purifies blood and also regulates the nervous system.
Chandrabhedan – This is the last Pranayama Yoga technique on this list.
Sit in a meditative position on the floor. Keep your back straight. Relax your shoulders. Now close your right nostril with the right thumb. Inhale from your left nostril. Now close the left nostril using the index and middle finger of your right hand. Now exhale from the right nostril. Repeat it 20 times. This is the most efficient breathing technique for cooling the body.
These Pranayama Yoga techniques will help you get a proper breathing during your yoga session. Practice them as often as you can and earn their benefits for your body.