April 4, 2024

The Benefits of Pranayama

Pranayama involves breathing exercises designed to purify subtle energy channels (nadis) within the body, aiding with the free flow of inner energy or prana. As a result, practitioners gain more control of their internal forces, providing opportunities for spiritual advancement and personal wellbeing.

Pranic breathwork helps reduce stress and bring peace to the mind, which is particularly useful for those dealing with high blood pressure or heart rate issues. According to several studies, slow pranayama-based breathing improves BP and HR among mildly hypertensive patients.

Pranayama deep breathing techniques can be used to relax the lungs and chest while strengthening abdominal muscles, as well as prevent asthmatic attacks by decreasing mucus production in the lungs, clearing airways and providing more oxygen into your system, relieving irritation fatigue or irritability.

Pranayama should be practiced at the beginning or end of your day, after meals and when feeling relaxed. Some Pranayama styles such as Sukhasana (the simple cross-legged pose) or Padmasana (sitting position with feet on thighs) require you to sit in an ergonomically comfortable pose such as Sukhasana or Padmasana; for Kapalbhati it is best if one sits Vajrasana; in this instance kneeling down with spine straightened and kneeling down with spine straightened; Vajrasana requires kneeling down with spine straightened and kneeling down with spine straightened spine; to perform this practice use both hands placed on either your belly and upper chest inhaling slowly counting to four before exhaling counting to four more times, inhale, exhale counting four and counting back four more exhales pause at end exh exhale; repeat this cycle three to five times until relaxation sets in.

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