Pranayama – the practice of breath control

Health and Wellness

by | Feb 12, 2024

The Science of Pranayama: Understanding the Power of Breath

Dubai’s pulsating energy, driven by ambition and innovation, creates a thrilling lifestyle. Amidst the ceaseless movement, breath becomes vital – not just as the catalyst for our body’s metabolism, but as an anchor of wellbeing. The ancient Yogic technique of pranayama offers a powerful tool to restore balance within.

Understanding Pranayama

The Sanskrit word ‘Prana’ signifies life force, while ‘ayama’ means to extend or stretch. Pranayama, the art of breath control, helps us consciously lengthen and strengthen our breath. By regulating the rhythms of our pranic energy, we cultivate a healthy body and a focused mind. As Patanjali outlined in his Yoga Sutras, pranayama holds the key to heightened awareness, with breath retention being a step towards Samadhi (a state of deep concentration).

Why Pranayama in Dubai

A fast-paced lifestyle can lead to stress, disrupted digestion, and restless sleep. Pranayama offers a sanctuary of stillness. Its benefits – reduced stress, improved digestion, better sleep, and overall wellbeing – are especially valuable amidst the city’s demands.

Nadi Sodhana aka Anulom Vilom

Nadi = subtle energy channel; Shodhan = cleaning, purification; Pranayama = breathing technique

Nadi Shodhana Pranayama is the breathing technique that helps clear the blocked energy channels and calms the mind. It is also known as the Anulom Vilom Pranayama or alternative nostril breathing.

Alternative nostril breathing is a very relaxed, balancing breath that is used to help calm the nervous system and aid in a restful night’s sleep. By increasing the amount of oxygen taken into the body, it is believed to purify the blood, calm the mind, reduce stress and promote concentration.

Kapalabhati – Breath of Fire

Kapal = forehead; bhati = shining; Pranayama = breathing technique

Kapalabhati means ‘skull shining breath’. It is a Pranayama exercise as well as an internal kriya or cleansing technique. Practitioners of Kapalabhati believe that this breath will help clear mucus in the air passages, relieve congestion, reduce bloating and improve lung capacity. Kapalabhati is an invigorating breath that can build heat in the body.

Ujjayi – The uplifting Breath

Ujjayi = one who is victorious; Pranayama = breathing technique

It is also referred to as ocean breath due to the sound created during its practice that reminds us of the sea. Ujjayi Pranayama is often used in Asana (posture) practice, especially in Ashtanga and Vinyasa classes. Ujjayi encourages full expansion of the lungs, and by focusing your attention on your breath, it can assist in calming the mind.

Sitali – the Super Cooler

 

Sitali = cooling; Pranayama = breathing technique

This breath technique cools an over-heated body. The Sitali Pranayama is practiced mainly in summers. Its cooling effect helps have a corresponding effect on your mind and body.

Pratimoksha provides a signature program for breath control — Prana & Beyond. This is a comprehensive course that initially introduces a student to various breathing exercises, moving on afterwards to Yogic breathing techniques including those listed above.

By breathing better, you will be giving a huge boost to your body metabolism alongside balancing your mental health.

Call us at 050 3955613 today for more information on the program.

Take care of your breath and it will take care of YOU.

 

 

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