Pranayama for Beginners

Pranayama for Beginners

Posted On : 18 February 2017.

Posted By : Yogi Mahesh Chetan.

Pranayama is a complimentary practice that can enhance your yogic journey. The simplest definition of Pranayama means to hold the breath. Here are three common pranayama techniques that you can incorporate into your daily life:

Ujjayi pranayama

Known as the psychic breath, it is ideal to soothe the mind and induce it into a meditative state. When performing ujjayi pranayama, the chest will slightly lift up during inhalation. The inhalation is done from the throat. The practice requires deep inhalation from both nostrils and for the glottis to be half closed. A hissing/snoring sound is often audible during inhalation when practicing. Another characteristic of this method is the retention of breath, which is followed by exhalation. It is advised that those suffering from heart ailments do not practice the retention of breath.

Benefits:
  1. Soothes the nervous system
  2. Calms the mind
  3. Good for those suffering from high blood pressure
  4. Removing phlegm in the throat
  5. Improves the appetite

Nadi Shoddhan pranayama

Nadis are subtle energy channels in the human body. They can get blocked due to a variety of reasons. The Nadi Shoddhan pranayama technique helps clear blocked energy channels. Nadis can get blocked due to reasons like stress, toxicity in the physical body, physical and mental trauma and an unhealthy lifestyle. When the nadis get blocked, one may experience depression, low energy, and sluggish digestion.

Benefits of Nadi Shoddhan pranayama
  1. Relaxes the mind and prepares it to enter a meditative state
  2. Regular practice can bring in peace and happiness into your life
  3. Releases accumulated tension and fatigue

Kapalbhati pranayama

It is a breathing technique that can bring a glow on the face of the practitioner. It is a practice known for mind detoxification and purification. It is also a great stress reliever. It has both relaxing benefits and physical benefits. It can aid in weight loss because it works the respiratory system and abdominal muscles. For the respiratory system, it helps clearing the passages and minimizes the risk of infection. The forceful breaths taken in practice causes allergens and infectious material in the lungs to be blown away and removed.

While there are numerous health benefits of the practice, it is not recommended for those suffering from cardiac problems, hernia or spinal disorders. Additionally, it’s advised not to practice this technique when suffering from respirator infections, colds, and nasal obstruction.