Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Pranayam: Breath Control for a Tight Bod....

...Pranayama (Sanskrit: prāṇāyāma) is a Sanskrit word often translated as control of the life force (prana).[1][2][3][4] When used as a technical term in yoga, it is often translated more specifically as "breath control". ... Source: Wikipedia

Due to sudden increase in bp, in the past few days, I decided to try some Pranayam techniques. I suspected a viral infection, and I tried the simplest of pranayam technique (see below). It took about 3 days for the infection to subside.

1. using your left thumb, press to close the left nostril
2. inhale using your right nostril - use the abdomen as much as possible
3. hold for 2 seconds
4. whilst releasing your left thumb, use your left index to close the right nostril
5. exhale through the left nostril
6. repeat for about 10 to 15 times

Not too much or you'll feel dizzy! Too much oxygen...

"Yoga works primarily with the energy in the body, through the science of pranayama, or energy-control. Prana means also ‘breath.’ Yoga teaches how, through breath-control, to still the mind and attain higher states of awareness. The higher teachings of yoga take one beyond techniques, and show the yogi, or yoga practitioner, how to direct his concentration in such a way as not only to harmonize human with divine consciousness, but to merge his consciousness in the Infinite." — Paramahansa Yogananda

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