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Benefits of Pranayama Yoga
The word Pranayama is basically the union of two words in Sanskrit - "Prana" that stands for "life", and "ayama" that stands for the "mode to control". This is fundamentally a well established and ancient technique, which takes the assistance of controlled breathing process done in a certain way that enhances and develops many body processes. In Pranayama, you focus and control your breathe that facilitates in improving and developing the body's health, as well as in gaining a glowing skin too. To gain maximum profits, one can constitute Pranayama along with many other yogic asanas as well. The best time to do this is early morning with an empty stomach. If you are a late riser, you can still do the Pranayama at any time of the day; just make it sure that you have not eaten anything at least 2 hours prior to performing Pranayama.
In order to perform Pranayama, you just have to sit down quietly on a nice clear place, in a comfortable position (Lotus position is the best), and with comfortable clothes put on. Don’t wear too tight or too lose clothes. The place you select for doing this breathing exercise must be free from any outside noises, pollution and other distractions. Try to switch off your cell phone or blackberry devices for a while, so that you can spend some quality time without hindrance, just practicing this wonderful exercise.
I found Kapaal Bharti Pranayama as the best, the simplest and the most efficient form of the Pranayama. It is extremely easy to do and can be done as follows:
1) Take a deep breath, as much as you can, to fill your belly.
2) Forcefully exhale the air out to empty your stomach completely.
3) Repeat this in succession for at least 40-50 times non-stop, before you take a break and relax for a while.
4) Make it a habit of doing this at least 10 minutes daily. You can extend the limit gradually to 30 minutes daily.
Benefits and cures
Kapaal Bharti Pranayama when practiced on a regular routine, can help in:
- Reducing hypertension
- Reducing obesity
- Developing Concentration
- Curing Allergies
- Curing Asthma and Diabetes
- Curing Cancer
- Providing a Natural Glow to your skin, because of the controlled intake of oxygen.
Since, breathing processes are the most important and essential part of our living, pranayama can help a lot in offering more oxygen to various parts of body, including your brain, which ultimately controls all the other important parts of your body.
Your skin gets the benefits too in this process, since this yoga technique can act as a natural cleanser as well as an important supplier of extra oxygen, for the natural re-vitalization and anti-aging process.
Beauty comes from within. The more we love and nurture our skin, the more it will love us back and reflect that goodness and glow. So, take care of your skin, stay healthy and stay beautiful.