Pranayama

Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 49 
Having experienced this (tasmin-sati), expansion of life force through breath regulation (prāṇāyāmaḥ) is mastered by interrupting (vicchedaḥ) the flow (gati) of unconscious and irregular breathing (śvāsa-praśvāsayoḥ).

Pranayama is the 4th limb of the eight-limbed Yoga System, as presented by Patanjali (Patanjali’s Ashtanga Yoga) in the Yoga Sutras. These 8 steps basically act as guidelines on how to live a meaningful and purposeful life. It is a scientific technique system to control respiration, build and strengthen our mind

Special process in breathing in which the pulsation of Pranendriya … becomes Still and Mind becomes Calm

PRANAYAMA means Control of Vital Energy

PRANA – life force energy, vital energy, life-giving force, the single universal cosmic that moves the entire universe, energy which flows in currents in and around the body

Life – tantra defines life as the parallelism between the physical and mental body – waves in coordination with 10 Vayus – Vital Airs, responsible for movements. When there’s Movement, there’s Prana.

Pranendriya is the controlling point of all the 10 vayus; is an organ, like chakras – is not an anatomical organ. This Pranendriya also linking the various sensory organs with a point in the brain. Is located in the center of the chest, pulsates in synchronization with the process of respiration.

YAMA – to control

The first thing we do when we are born is INHALE. The last thing we will do before dying is EXHALE. Patañjali says that once we’ve understood the concept of balancing effort with ease and we have learned how to move the body with the breath, then we are ready to Sit in Stillness and Observe a more subtle part of the practice – the breath. Those who begin to observe their own breathing and consciously changing their breath patterns, feel instant changes in calmness, peace, ease, shifting focus from acrobatic asana (nowadays yoga) to breath-focused asana.

Balance of the Vital energy in the body, the direct relationship between Soul, Mind, Breath

… !rapid breathing = no concentration, extreme sadness = the mind kills the body! …

If the Breath is slow, smooth, long & deep, then the Mind is also the same

Observe the breath, observe the stillness, consciously! Every single day! There is no physical effort, only mental effort. It leads you to change the way you breathe, the way you live! Pranayama calms the mind and takes you on a beautiful journey inward. Strengthen the connection between body and mind, soul and beyond. Relaxing the mind, allows the body to conserve more heat. Affect the glands, sub-glands, nerves, and all the liquids in the body, strengthening emotional immunity. Is a powerful tool as a preparation for meditation! The Pranayama purifies the entire respiratory system, purifies the energy channels in the body. Special pranayama practices can also be prescribed for specific diseases

The pranayama techniques are very subtle yet very powerful, simple yet so profound. Needs to be built up gradually under the supervision of a teacher! Pranayama should only be practiced when some control over the concentration of mind has already been attained! When the breath is forcibly controlled regardless of the object of ideation, this can be dangerous – depending on the ideation at the time. The thinking must be positive for it to have a positive effect. The practitioner of pranayama must maintain a spiritual thought in the mind while doing the exercise. Breathe gentle, soft, smooth, with no sound, without jarring.

Please find and connect to a teacher that can help you through that magical journey with your own breath! It is not advised to practice them on your own or to experiment with them or to practice in any way that comes to mind! 

The three parts of the breath – INHALATION – RETENTION – EXHALATION 

the stages of pranayama help improve breath awareness

Kumbhaka is breath retention. Often known in the practice of pranayama. Retention should only be practiced after 4/5months, some another techniques even later on (1year) of REGULAR PRANAYAMA. In Raja dhiraja asana yoga, we hold our breath in certain asanas to absorb the prana. Kumbhaka also strengthens the diaphragm, increasing lung capacity, purifies the entire respiratory system, massages the organs and glands. Glands affect our Emotions – secretion of the gland affects chakras and our propensities.

INBALANCE IN THE GLANDS MAY TRIGGER CERTAIN PROPENSITIES! IS ESSENTIAL TO BALANCE OUR MIND 

The way in which is pranayama, breathwork sequenced and taught by your teacher is safe and needs a gradual progression as taught. No deviation from the practice, the sequence is recommended. Is very important to accept where you are, who you are, right now and move forward from there.

As per yoga sutras, Pranayam is external, internal or suppressed. It is regulated by place, time and number. Finally, the breathing becomes prolonged and subtle. – Sutra 5

Yoga Sūtra Chapter Two verse 50
बाह्याभ्यन्तरस्थम्भ वृत्तिः देशकालसन्ख्याभिः परिदृष्टो दीर्घसूक्ष्मः ॥५०॥
bāhya-ābhyantara-stambha-vṛttiḥ deṣa-kāla-saṃkhyābhiḥ paridṛṣṭaḥ dīrgha-sūkṣmaḥ ||50||
The external, internal and suspension fluctuations are seen to be long and subtle through the place, time, and number.