Pranayama benefits are numerous and tremendous. When appropriately practiced it has a number of health benefits. But you have to practice it religiously. Like you brush your teeth it should be followed. There must be no break.
Hindu philosophy is mainly based on karma. So we pray to nature, sun as a god, performing cow’s pooja and Go Dhana [donating cows to eligible person], Thulasi (basil) plant and Aswath (banyan trees) are holy and auspicious. By praying sincerely we can get rid of sins. Also by doing pranayama we can get rid of our sins. Interesting is it? Yes!!! It purifies our Nadis. In a human being, there are 76,000 nadis. The right side has 36,000 nadis and the Left side has 36,000 nadis. While we do pranayama, our nadis get purified, and the past misdeeds are removed by the grace of Eashwar.
Also, it was said that Kowsalya Lord Rama’s Mother performed pranayama. Even in the epics, we have proof of doing pranayama. To inhale the air, first, take a deep breath as you smell a flower. Hold the breath for 5 counts and then exhale.
This you can do for every 30 seconds which helps to avoid stress.
Benefits of Pranayama:
There are a lot of benefits that we were not aware of the Pranayama.
1. It removes the stress which makes us feel good.
2. It removes the anxiety.
3. Deep breathing helps to cure insomnia
4. It develops concentration and helps us to focus on our work.
5. It calms our parasympathetic nerves.
6. It helps to reduce hypertension when practiced daily.
7. By doing it daily we can lead a disciplined life which helps us to live healthily.
8. overeating makes us obese and leads to various diseases. Due to pranayama, we can focus on
eating which is a good practice.
9. Blood sugar or diabetes is reduced considerably.
10. Pranayama helps us to lead a spiritual life.
How to do Pranayama:
Initially, pranayama should be learned from a proper teacher or guru. Though there are various social media posts that will teach you to do pranayama, the right way is to learn from an experienced person.
They are many types of Pranayama
1. Alternate Nostril breathing
4. Right nostril breathing
5. Left nostril breathing.
6. Box breathing.
Alternate nostril breathing -Pranayama should be practised in the early hours of morning [ 4.30 a.m. to 6.00 a.m] . It helps to purify your mind and cures anxiety, stress, depression, and hypertension.
Kapalbhati helps to reduce weight and blood sugar. In Kapalbhati inhale with the both nostrils and exhale through the both nostrils. There is no holding of breathe. Exhalation should be fast. It is better to learn from a skilled person.
Bhramari Pranayama helps to control your mind and thoughts. This pranayama can be done by pregnant ladies. But seek advice from the doctor before doing it. It controls agitated mind. It has lot of benefits. Even Alzheimer is prevented by doing this pranayama.
Box breathing helps to cure insomnia. It is also called square breathing. Inhale with the count of four, hold for four counts and exhale for four counts and hold the breath for four counts. you can practice box breathing before sleep or evening. Even if you are awake during midnight or in the mid of the sleep, box breathing helps. It controls unnecesary thoughts and aids to make you sleep.
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