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Pranayam

Updated on November 19, 2015

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
3. Bhramri
4. Omkara
5. Shavasan


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 -

Baba Ramdev

The main proponent of Pranayam these days in India is Baba Ramdev
The main proponent of Pranayam these days in India is Baba Ramdev

Learn Pranayam

Light on Prãnãyãma: The Yogic Art of Breathing
Light on Prãnãyãma: The Yogic Art of Breathing

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.

The Feedback

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!

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      cashmere 4 years ago from India

      They are the two simplest and easiest ones to do, and they have great impact on the body.

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      Indian Chef 4 years ago from New Delhi India

      Hi cashmere, I do alom vilom and Kapal bharti nearly daily and alom vilom does have very good effect on respiratory system. Very nice and informative hub.

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      cashmere 5 years ago from India

      I'm afraid I do not know much about rhino sinusitis, so I can't say if yoga will help you. Perhaps you need to speak with a qualified Vaid to find out which yoga exercises will help you.

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      mkb 5 years ago

      I am doing ramdev yoga for three month 1hr 30 mins daily for rhino-sinusitis.

      I am having green cough all the day.But no improvement i am seeing in my disease.I am totally depressed now.Is it really possible to cure rhino-sinusitis by doing yoga? How much time it will take to cure?

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      cashmere 5 years ago from India

      As a beginner just ten rounds of twenty counts are best. You can break up the ten rounds as you like

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      nasreen 5 years ago

      as a beginner can i do kapalbhati 1000 counts and can i break the counts in the whole day like 300 in morning ,400 in evening .and will i have to do the other four breathing exercises for 1000 counts too

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      cashmere 5 years ago from India

      Pavitra, hope it helped you.

      Paula, thanks for the correction :)

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      Paula 5 years ago

      Interesting... just one minor thing... The thyroid produces thyroxin, not insulin. That's produced by your pancreas.

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      pavitra 5 years ago

      i think it will really help me to lose my weight

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      cashmere 6 years ago from India

      I've not been too regular with my pranayam of late night magic, but I feel the difference in energy levels now, so intend to restart soon.

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      Night Magic 6 years ago from Canada

      Thanks for the info, Cashmere. I'm going to try the five steps that you mentioned. I'll be checking back once in awhile to see how you make out.

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      cashmere 6 years ago from India

      You may find it interesting to know that practicing pranayam daily actually kept me away from a cold and cough all winter this year!

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      I am eager to learn more about pranayam. I want to begin practicing. I am off now, to read your link, above. You are a beautiful soul and you help others with sharing your wisdom and talent. Mahalo, my friend. Rated up!

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      cashmere 6 years ago from India

      I have a more detailed article on doing pranayam here http://seekyt.com/pranayam/

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      Emanuel 6 years ago

      Good Yoga. Thanks for the info

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      From Mumbai 7 years ago

      Pranayam is a great way to get your energy levels up and running again. It is best performed in the morning, but if you have been working hard all day and need energy for the evening you can do it then as well. It is an instant pick me up

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      cashmere 7 years ago from India

      Very true Bhawin, Yoga is a great passport to good health.

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      BHAWIN KAUSHIK 7 years ago

      HEALTH IS WEALTH.SO YOGA IS VERY IMPORTANT IS OUR LIFE.

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      cashmere 8 years ago from India

      Will check it out Kimberly

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      Kimberly Bunch 8 years ago from EAST WENATCHEE

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      cashmere 8 years ago from India

      Thanks anuradha, how did u like the one on reiki?

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      Anuradha 8 years ago

      Hey,

      Very nicely written.... really liked it.

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      Kmadhav 8 years ago from New delhi

      In modern days Pranayam and yoga is a profession and fashion in metropolitan cities. Every one running their shops on the name of yoga and yoga products. baba ramdev awakes the people about the benefits of yoga and pranayam. Pranayam is a boon for every human and they must do atleast 15 mnts in a day .....good hub cashmere......

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      apeksha 8 years ago from India.

      Best Yoga...it reduces nassel cavities disease.

      gr8 hub

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      cashmere 8 years ago from India

      Hope it helps you Moon Daisy. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Moon Daisy 8 years ago from London

      Nice hub! It'll be interesting to see the benefits you get from this, and I'm sure there'll be many.

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      cashmere 8 years ago from India

      Thanks lovezan