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Discover the benefits of pranayama: the conscious breathing technique of yoga.

What is pranayama?

The term “pranayama” is composed of two Sanskrit words: "prana" which means “vital energy” and "yama" which means “control”. Together, these words mean “control of vital energy”. In yoga, pranayama is a technique used to control breathing in order to regulate vital energy and improve physical and mental health.

Breathing is an essential part of our lives, but we rarely pay attention to it. Most people breathe shallowly and quickly, which can lead to higher stress levels and decreased lung capacity. Pranayama teaches people to breathe deeply and control their breathing to improve their overall well-being.

Benefits of pranayama.

Pranayama has many benefits for physical, mental, and spiritual health. Here are some of the most notable benefits:

• Improves lung health: Practicing pranayama can increase lung capacity and improve respiratory efficiency.

• Reduces stress and anxiety: Controlled breathing can reduce stress and anxiety levels, which in turn can improve mental health and reduce the risk of stress-related illnesses.

• Increases concentration: Regular pranayama practice can improve concentration and mental clarity.

• Improves the immune system: Pranayama can increase blood circulation and improve the body's immune system.

• Promotes relaxation: Deep and controlled breathing can induce a sense of relaxation and calm.

How to practice pranayama.

There are many types of pranayama, but here are some of the most common ones:

• Nadi shodhana: Also known as alternate nostril breathing, this pranayama involves inhaling and exhaling through one nostril at a time. It is believed that this pranayama can balance the brain hemispheres and reduce stress.

• Ujjayi: In this pranayama, you inhale and exhale through the nose with the mouth closed, producing a soft sound similar to that of a wave. It is believed that this pranayama can help reduce stress and increase concentration.

• Kapalabhati: Also known as “fire breath”, this pranayama involves a rapid series of short exhalations through the nose. It is believed that this pranayama can stimulate the digestive system and improve energy.

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