Prana – “Life Force” Yama – “Discipline” Ayama – “Expansion”
Pranyama is the practice of controlled breathing. There is much more than just deep breathing to Pranayama, there are very important stages that will help you open upyour inner life force and guide you into a better meditation experience.
Naturally when we breathe we inhale oxygen into our bodies, nourishing and replensihing all of the system with energy, and the we exhale carbon dioxide and breathe out all of the toxins that are within. We absorb Prana with breath control and bring together our body, mind, and spirit.
It is our human condition to allow stress and worries to overcome us and push our breathing patterns towards a fast and shallow pattern. With these poor breaths come consequences on our health. We need to focus on using our full lung capacity to ensure that our bodies are being properly oxygenated and out toxic loads are being removed.
The deeper spiritual side of Pranyama has four stages:
The physical side of Pranyam also has four stages:
I hope you enjoyed part 1 of Pranayma. Look forward to more to come.