Pranayama is a Sanskrit word that translates into ‘extension of the prana or breath’. Prana – meaning life force (the breath) and ayama – meaning to extend or draw out the prana (to extend the life force). It is a yogic discipline with origins in ancient India.
‘When the breath wanders, the mind is unsteady, but when the breath is still, so is the mind still.’
(Hatha Yoga Pradipika)
Breathing is vital for our survival. we can live for months without food and days without water, but we can only survive a few minutes without breathing. Mastering the art of breathing is a crucial step towards self-healing and survival. When you learn the breathing techniques it will have a positive effect on your thoughts and actions.
- Calming of the mind,
- Relieving stress,
- Improves focus,
- Improves sleep,
- Improves mental health,
- Lowering blood pressure,
- Helps to relieve the symptoms of asthma,
- Can help with weight loss,
- Improved blood circulation,
- Improved digestive system,
- Removing toxins from the body,
- Strengthens the immune system.