4 REASONS TO PRACTICE PRANAYAMA

4 REASONS TO PRACTICE PRANAYAMA

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Pranayama, loosely translated, means breathing techniques; and, is one of the eight limbs of yoga that sage, Patanjali, explains in the Yoga Sutras, written circa 150 BC.Pranayama is comprised of two root words: prana (vital energy or life force) and ayama (extension or expansion). Pranayama, therefore, means to extend the vital energy. Pranayama provides a way to activate the life force and expand it beyond one’s normal limitations to attain a higher state of vibration.Through a series of breath retentions, known as kumbhaka, pranayama can be described as a method of voluntary hypoventilation, which allows us to normalize our breathing by normalizing the oxygen supplied to brain cells.There are eight distinct varieties of pranayama practices discussed in Hatha Yoga Pradipika to control one’s breathing. These eight pranayama varieties differ based on how kumbhaka is incorporated into…
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