Pranayama: Oxygen and Breathing Techniques

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Yoga Breathing (Pranayama) - What is Yoga Breathing? Written by: anagonzales Yoga breathing, or Pranayama, is the science of breath control. It consists of series of exercises especially intended to meet the body's needs and keep it in vibrant health. Pranayama comes from the following words: * Prana - "life force" or "life energy" * Yama - "discipline" or "control" * Ayama - "expansion", "non-restraint", or "extension" Thus, Pranayama means "breathing techniques" or "breath control". Ideally, this practice of opening up the inner life force is not merely to take healthy deep breaths. It is intended for yoga practitioners to help and prepare them in theirMeditation process. In our respiration process, we breathe in or inhale…show more content…
Pranayama - the science of breath control, consist a series of exercises intended to meet these needs and to keep the body in vibrant health. * Proper Breathing in a Yogic point of view is to bring more oxygen to the blood and to the brain, and to control prana or the vital life energy. * These techniques have also proved to help the prevention of major diseases and cure minor illnesses. Breathing is important for two basic reasons. * It is the only means of supplying our bodies and its various organs with oxygen which is vital for our health. * Breathing is one of the ways to get rid of waste products and toxins from our body. Why Oxygen is so vital? * Oxygen is the most vital nutrient in our bodies. * It is essential for the proper and efficient functioning of the brain, nerves, Glands and other internal organs. * We can survive without food for weeks and without water for days, but without oxygen we will die within a few minutes. * If the brain does not get proper supply of this essential nutrient, it will cause degradation of all the vital organs of the body. * The brain requires more oxygen than any other organ. If it doesn't get enough, the result is mental sluggishness, negative thoughts, depression and, eventually, vision and hearing declines. Oxygen supply in our body, however, declines as we get older and if we live a

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