According to the Yoga Sutras, an ancient text compiled by Patanjali in 150 BCE, pranayama is one of the Eight Limbs of Yoga. Referring to the extension or regulation of life force (known as ‘prana’ in Sanskrit), implementing pranayamas to our yoga practice is said to help us stay healthy, cleansed and balanced.
Inhale and exhale are part of the standard practice element for yoga. I had always followed the instructors when they told us to breathe without understanding why do we inhale and exhale at those precise timings. Why is breath vital in yoga? In yoga, breath is equally important — sometimes
What is Meditation? Meditation can also be defined as a set of techniques that are intended to encourage a heightened state of awareness and focused attention. Although tied to many different religious teachings, it is more about altering consciousness, finding awareness, and achieving a sense of calm and inner peace.
What is the origin of mala beads? Sometimes known as Buddhist prayer beads, mala beads are long necklace-type tools traditionally used for mantra practice and meditation. They have a deep connection to mental grounding and help opening the mind to spirituality. They are similar to other forms of prayer beads used in
“I took a deep breath and listened to that old bray of my heart: I am, I am, I am.” – Sylvia Plath Image from Unsplash Breathing is something that we do involuntarily, day in, day out. It comes as no surprise that we hardly ever think about it. However,
The practice of Yoga on the human body system is expansive and eternal. The muscles, bones, nervous system, respiratory, circulatory and digestive systems of the human body are greatly benefited from regular practice of yoga asanas. All our body systems are coordinated with each other. It’s a beautiful practice that
What is Kapalabhati Pranayama? In Sanskrit kapal means “skull” and bhati means “shining.” Together they mean “shining skull.” Kapalabhati is considered to be so cleansing to the entire system that, when practiced on a regular basis, the face shines with good health and radiance. Kapalbhati is an excellent breathing exercise
Pranayama is a compound word in Sanskrit composed of ‘prana’ + ‘ayama’. Pranayama is a process of regulating the intake and outflow of breath in a firmly established posture. When the flow of breath is observed through its natural phases of inhale-pause-exhale-pause, the breath becomes smoother and its effects more
Pranayama is the fourth of the Eight Limbs of Yoga, which is a practice of breath control in yoga, to purify the nadis (energy channel) and bring the energy to the unused or needed areas. The term is derived from the Sanskrit word, prana means the life force of energy
In the modern world there are many typical diseases that have become so popular that people stopped really caring about them. Hypertonia or high blood pressure is one of them. Although many people don’t feel it at all and therefore don’t treat it, its influence can be slow and sly: