How to Start Pranayama?

Are you a person who is keen to start Pranayama but do not know how to start? People of any age, any country can easily adopt Pranayama and take the first step to stay away from majority of lifestyle diseases.

Yoga Breathing. You can live without food and water for a few days, but you cannot live without breathing for a minute. As per yoga philosophy prana is life. Prana is the Sanskrit word for breath. If you can control your breath, you can control your life. Pranayama is ideal for improving your blood circulation, improving concentration and provides a remarkable peace of mind. Pranayama practice provides you enough energy to last for the day.

Try to learn the breathing techniques of Pranayama from a yoga expert. In case you do not have access to a yoga expert, learn more about Pranayama by reading a book, seeing a video or surfing through a good website about yoga. Explore the net for yoga experts who can provide guidance on how to start Pranayama.

You have to find out the Pranayama exercises suitable for you. Pranayama exercises for you will depend on your age and present health. Alom Vilom and Kapalabhati are the most popular ones with beginners. It is recommend to start with Rhythmic Breathing and Alom Vilom for 15 to 30 minutes daily. After a week of practice, attempt other Pranayama also.

Unlike Yoga asanas, Pranayama does not have stringent flexibility requirements. Even inflexible people can do all the Pranayama exercises. Very weak people can do Alom Vilom and Rhythmic Breathing practices lying down on the floor.

Pranayama is better done outdoors. In a open park, you can do Pranayama sitting comfortably on ground or sitting on a bench. However, you can also practice Pranayama sitting in a well pranayama ventilated room where there is plenty of fresh air. Busy people can spare some time in office and do Pranayama sitting on a chair.

You can start with the following Pranayama exercises:

  • Rhythmic Deep Breathing. It is the most beneficial Pranayama which can be integrated with your way of life. Rhythmic breathing can even be done walking, sitting in office or waiting at airports. It involves deepening your breath and reduce your breathing rate to 6 to 8 breaths per minute (average person breathes 15 times per minute). Less breathing rate reduces wear and tear of body while at the same time, deep breathing increases the amount of oxygen you breathe. You can recollect that before commencing a difficult task, we generally take a couple of deep breaths.
  • Alom Vilom. It is the simplest Pranayama and any person can do it. Even very old or weak people can do it by lying down if they are not able to sit comfortably. Alom Vilom improves blood circulation and exercises the heart.
  • Kapalabhati Pranayama. It benefits blood circulation, respiratory system, concentration and memory. Kapalabhati Pranayama is prohibited for heart patients and people with high blood pressure.
  • Chandra Bhedi Pranayama. This Pranayama cools your body and lower blood pressure. If you have low blood pressure do not attempt this. Do not do this Pranayama in winter season.
  • Surya Bhedi Pranayama. It provides warmth to body. If you have high blood pressure do not attempt this. Do not practice this Pranayama in summer season.
  • Bhramri Pranayama. Bhramri Pranayama increases power of concentration and makes your voice

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