Steps in Pranayam
If you have just dropped into the world of yoga and health you would be aware of everyone muttering the mantra of PRANAYAM!
The ultimate good health guide for the masses that can be practised anywhere by anyone and it will show results. The benefits of Pranayam have been espoused by a number of people from Ramdev Baba on television to my next door neighbour (who has the zeal of the new convert).
My mother, who incidentally hopped onto the Pranayam bandwagon about 5 years ago, recently taught me the basic techniques and told me to be regular with the yoga for it to show any improvement.
The 5 Steps in the process are
1. Kapal Bharati
2. Anulom Vilom
How to do each step of Pranayam
1. Kapal Bharati - Essentially this is a breathing process where you focus on exhalation. Here's how you can do it. Take a breath and quickly expel it from your lungs as you push your stomach muscles inwards. The breath must not be forced and the rest of the body must be relaxed. Ideally you should be able to complete 120 exhalations in a minute. Rest for a couple of breaths and start another round. Usually 3 to 5 rounds are recommended.
2. Anulom Vilom -
3. Bhramri -
4. Omkara -
5. Shavasan -
Book on Pranayam by B. K. S. Iyengar and Yehudi Menuhin
This post was first written in 2009. Since then I have used Pranayam regularly and with great effect on my health both mental and physical.
When I first started on Pranayam exercises I felt it was too simple to do me any real good. After all it was just breathing and I've been doing that all my life right? SO how was breathing a bit different going to help me? But guess what? It did. I have far more energy and better toned tummy muscles because of this simple daily routine. I'd advice you to try it out! It is simple and it works! Best of all its free!