Pranayama Therapeutic Breath

Pranayama

consists of yogic breathing techniques that develop mindfulness and support immune health and proper functioning of inner organs. A regular practice of pranayama also cultivates focus and mental stability and is an excellent tool for stress- and anxiety-management. Finally, pranayama prepares the practitioner with the presence necessary for meditation. 

Pranayama as a therapeutic tool is applied in conjunction with Yogatherapy.

What is it?
Traditionally, yoga is divided into eight parts or limbs of practice. The physical practice of postures in yoga known as asana is, in fact, only one of these eight components.
Pranayama is the second component of traditional yoga. The word comes from the Sanskrit, "prana" meaning 'life energy' or 'life force' (like Chi in Chinese philosophy) and "yama", meaning 'extension' or 'regulation'. 
We can say that pranayama is the practice of breath-regulation and extension (meaning we extend our capacity to breathe). The practice of pranayama involves breathing exercises and patterns. You purposely inhale, exhale, and hold your breath in a specific sequence and for specific counts of time.  

The effect is both emotionally and psychologically therapeutic, whilst having a positive impact on the physiological functioning of the body, right down to blood circulation and oxygenation, brain function, organ health and lung capacity, just to name a few!

Apart from using specific breathing techniques for specific ailments, pranayama strengthens the connection between mind and body and helps to develop mindfulness. When we are mindful, our thoughts, words and actions become more intentional and therefore are less influenced by erratic influences from the people and environment around us. We find an inner peaceful connection that is ever-present, no matter what circumstances we are in.

Benefits of a regular pranayama practice
  • increases energy
  • reduces stress
  • helps with insomnia & sleep disorders
  • improves cardiovascular health
  • reduces risk of hypertension
  • improves lung function
  • helps with depression, anxiety & stress
  • weight loss
  • detoxification
  • strengthens immune system
  • helps with digestive issues
  • fights sinusitis
  • clears nasal passages
  • improves mental concentration
  • improves skin health and complexion

Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass by -
It's about learning to dance in the rain!

Anonymous