Pranayama: breathing is everything

The ancient practice yogic breathing known as Pranayama can provide you peace of mind and a firm and focused energy.

Many people are surprised the first time they come to a yoga class and "taught" to breathe. First the teacher speaks of "complete breath", "deep", "from the abdomen", etc. And then, on successive days, to make practices of various forms of breathing with strange names plugging holes in the nose, telling the times of inhalation and exhalation, panting...

And all this for what?, wonder beginners.

Needless to talk about the importance of breath, vital breath, to be alive. But less well known is the crucial point which is "learn to breathe" to be able to live healthy, to find serenity mental, for relaxing or activating the muscles, to bring to the mind-body to its maximum performance during the postures of yoga, climbing a mountain or writing a book.

Breathing is everything, inside and outside the yoga.

The wide range of yoga called pranayama breathing exercises has been cultivated for thousands of years. According to yogic philosophy, called prana in Sanskrit invisible vitality flows through every inch of the universe. Yoga teachers tell us that consciously controlling the way in which we breathe, we can learn to concentrate, retain and even directing the vital flow of prana inside us. If you set friendship with your breath, you trasformarás, literally.

Basic pranayama
The Yogis compared the process of regulation of breath with the taming of a wild animal. Advise us patience and care, that we proceed slowly and deliberately through our explorations. As the breath is linked with the nervous and cardiovascular systems, us warn that exceed personal limits can be dangerous.

This means that it is always better to learn under the supervision of an instructor with experience. So if you have a yoga teacher, ask advice before starting to explore for yourself the breath. If you practice on your own, stick to introductory breathing techniques, but give you the time needed to deepen with comfort in the simple subtlety before moving on to another exercise. When you feel ready to begin other more advanced practices, find a teacher who can guide you.

In addition, if you suffer from a medical condition, physical or emotional - including respiratory, cardiovascular ailments, depression, anxiety, or glaucoma - or if you are pregnant, check with your teacher and a yoga instructor before starting the practice of pranayama.

Experts offer us an essential wisdom Council: never ever force the breath. If a breathing exercise cause you stress or discomfort, are not it practice - at least for the moment--. Once again, Council requests an instructor and only explores what will be easier and more comfortable.

When you shipments you in your exploration of pranayama - curious, attentive and with constancy - awareness of your breathing can be introduced in your daily life and your Asana practice. Perhaps you begin to observe your breathing changes with your moods and emotions. You may discover that a simple change in your breath can transform the way in which you respond to a stressful situation. And perhaps also to learn to calm down and keep the rhythm of your breathing.

Welcome to this new awareness in your life. Nourishes, enriches and is friendly with her. As yoga teachers discovered centuries ago, waking up to the magic of breath can open to endless oceans of peace, joy and vitality.

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By • 10 Oct, 2012 • section: Practice, Pranayama