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Yoga for overall health

Updated on June 14, 2012

Rhythmic Pranic Breathing or Yogi complete Breath-

Breath is life

Life ceases in human body if we stop breath. Yogi Ram Charaka has written-

The infant draws in a long deep breath, retains it for a moment to extract from it, its life giving properties, and then exhales it in a long wail, and lo! Its life upon Earth has begun. The Old man gives a faint gasp, ceases to breath and life is over. From first faint breath of infant to the last gasp of dying man, it is one long story of continued breathing. Life is but a series of breaths

As per Hindu philosophy, a person gets a fixed number of breaths to live i.e. if a person has 100 breaths , then he can use it in 20 years or 50 years, it is up to him. Whenever we are in stress or anger, two things happen either our rate of breathing increases or quality of breath decreases, both equally harmful to health. Therefore it is suggested to stay in a calm and peaceful state.

Rhythmic Pranic breathing or Yogi Complete Breath, is the fundamental breath of the entire science of breath. It is very simple and yet very powerful.

Actually this is the default way of breathing, which because of our life style and ignorance we slowly forget and start breathing differently, which is the cause of all problems.

Before starting with the technique it will be useful to explain a bit about importance of breath and advantages of proper breathing in human body. To be able to fully appreciate the advantages of this technique, it is important that we first understand the functioning of lungs and heart, at a high level.

Structure of Lungs-

The most important organ of respiration is lungs which are 2 in number, being separated from each other by air tubes and heart. Lungs are soft and protected by ribs. When we breathe in air enters into wind pipe and then into other tube called trachea, which then divides it into left and right tubes called bronchi. The left bronchus goes to left lung whereas the right bronchus goes to right lung. Inside the lungs these tubes branch out into several branches and sub branches, ultimately ending in cluster of tiny air cells , which are millions in number.

Breath is life

Life ceases in human body if we stop breath. Yogi Ram Charaka has written-

The infant draws in a long deep breath, retains it for a moment to extract from it, its life giving properties, and then exhales it in a long wail, and lo! Its life upon Earth has begun. The Old man gives a faint gasp, ceases to breath and life is over. From first faint breath of infant to the last gasp of dying man, it is one long story of continued breathing. Life is but a series of breaths

As per Hindu philosophy, a person gets a fixed number of breaths to live i.e. if a person has 100 breaths , then he can use it in 20 years or 50yrs, it is up to him. Whenever we are in stress or anger, two things happen either our rate of breathing increases or quality of breath decreases, both equally harmful to health. Therefore it is suggested to stay in a calm and peaceful state.

Rhythmic Pranic breathing or Yogi Complete Breath, is the fundamental breath of the entire science of breath. It is very simple and yet very powerful.

Actually this is the default way of breathing, which because of our life style and ignorance we slowly forget and start breathing differently, which is the cause of all problems.

Before starting with the technique it will be useful to explain a bit about importance of breath and advantages of proper breathing in human body. To be able to fully appreciate the advantages of this technique, it is important that we first understand the functioning of lungs and heart, at a high level.

Function of Lungs-

The most important organ of respiration is lungs which are 2 in number, being separated from each other by air tubes and heart. Lungs are soft and protected by ribs. When we breathe in air enters into wind pipe and then into other tube called trachea, which then divides it into left and right tubes called bronchi. The left bronchus goes to left lung whereas the right bronchus goes to right lung. Inside the lungs these tubes branch out into several branches and sub branches, ultimately ending in cluster of tiny air cells , which are millions in number. Before proceeding further, it will be helpful if we first discuss about heart.


Structure and Function of Heart-

The heart is divided into two parts left and right. Left side sends pure blood to body and impure blood gets collected in right side of heart. In the diagram , the red section is the left side of the heart and the blue section is the right side of the heart.

The left side of heart pumps pure oxygenated red blood to all the body organs and even to remote cells, through arteries. The blood deoxygenated blue and laden with waste and toxins of the body, then returns via the veins to the right side of heart. The right side of the heart pumps this impure blood to the lungs for purification.

Function of Lungs-

The impure blood is distributed to millions of tiny air cells, in lungs. When breath is taken in, the oxygen of the air comes in contact with the impure blood as a result a form of combustion takes place and the blood takes up oxygen and releases carbon dioxide gas generated by all the waste and toxins gathered by blood. The blood thus purified is sent to left side of heart for purification.

Hence, fresh air in sufficient quantities should reach lungs, to purify the impure blood. No doubt clean environment and ventilation are so important. It also explains to small extent how disastrous smoking and passive smoking habits for our health are.

Rhythmic Pranic Breathing/ Yogi Complete Breath Technique-

1. Stand or sit erect. Breath through the nostrils. Inhale as if first filling the lower part of lungs, as a result the diaphragm descends, exerting a gentle pressure on the abdominal organs. Then fill the middle part of lungs and finally fill the higher portion of lungs. Please note that the inhalation is a complete single process, the filling of lungs in stages is just for understanding ease. Avoid jerks while inhalation. If your shoulders are drooping raise them up a little, so that air can fill in there as well.

2. Retain the breath for few seconds, as it does not cause any discomfort to you.

3. Exhale slowly.

After some practice when above exercise starts coming in easily, then you can add a mental picture of positive energy or prana going in during inhalation and it working inside you, repairing emotions or inhibiting pain during breath retention and then any negative energy, pain or weakness going out during exhalation.

Advantages of Rhythmic Pranic Breathing-

1. Rhythmic Pranic Breathing increases the oxygen intake four times to its intake during normal breath, as by this method all parts of lungs, including remote air cells are utilized.

2. The blood becomes purified.

3. As a result of increased blood circulation the dullness in skin goes away and there is more shine in skin.

4. Proper digestion needs oxygenation of food. If we do not breath properly then our digestive organs like stomach and others suffer.

5. Through blood circulation food and oxygen reaches to all the organs and nerves. Hence complete breath helps in providing proper oxygen to different parts of body including nerves, brain, spinal cord, reproductive system etc. Thus Yogi Complete breath helps in ensuring overall health of a person.


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