Yoga guru Pushpa Bakshi in a Sukasan pose.
Yoga guru Pushpa Bakshi in a Sukasan pose. Chris Chan

Improve body, mind and spirit through yoga breathing

PRANAYAMA is the science of breath control. It consists of a series of exercises especially intended to meet the body's needs and keep it in vibrant health.

Pranayama comes from the following words: Prana - "life force" or "life energy"; Yama - "discipline" or "control"; and Ayama - "expansion", "non-restraint", or "extension".

In our respiration process, we inhale oxygen into our body that goes through our body systems in a form of energy to charge our different body parts. Then we exhale carbon dioxide and take away all toxic wastes from our body.

Through the practice of Pranayama, the balance of oxygen and carbon dioxide is attained. Absorbing prana through breath control links our body, mind, and spirit.

Due to our lifestyles of work, family, financial pressures, we tend to ignore our breathing. Thus, it tends to be fast and shallow.

The use of only a fraction of your lungs results in lack of oxygen and may lead to different complications.

Heart diseases, sleep disorders and fatigue are some of the effects of oxygen starvation. Therefore, the negative energy of being restless and troublesome leads to lesser prana inside the body.

By practising deep and systematic breathing, we re-energise our body.

Breathing is normal, though we fail to pay attention to it. It is an autonomic function of the body that we perform even without concentrating on it.

Why then do we have to learn yoga breathing? Here are some reasons why Pranayama is important:

  •  It teaches us the proper way to breathe. We became used to breathing from our chest, using only a fraction of the lungs, not knowing that this unhealthy and unnatural way of inhaling may lead to several complications. This increases the capacity of our lungs, bringing more oxygen supply to the body to function well. We learn how to breathe slowly and deeply - the right way.
  •  Pranayama reduces the toxins and body wastes from within our body. It prevents one from acquiring diseases.
  •  Pranayama helps in one's digestion. With the proper way of breathing, one's metabolism and health condition will start to improve.
  •  Pranayama develops our concentration and focus. It fights away stress and relaxes the body. Controlling one's breathing also results to serenity and peace of mind.
  •  Pranayama offers better self-control. Through concentration, one can better handle temper and reactions. Mind can function clearly, avoiding arguments and wrong decisions. Moreover, self-control also involves control over one's physical body.
  • Pranayama should not be forced and done without proper preparation. Breath control is a process to cleanse the mind and body, which should first be done appropriately and with proper guidance and preparation.

Pushpa is a certified yoga teacher. She is also a Reiki master and trained in natural healing. Pushpa has travelled the world over the past decade as a senior leader for life coach and motivational speaker Anthony Robbins. For further information contact Pushpa on 0450 582 540 or pb@kabc.com.au.



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