Pranayama (Breath Control)
Pranayama is generally defined as breath control, although this interpretation may seem correct in view of the practices involved. It does not convey that full meaning of the term. The word "Yama" means Control & "Prana" means Vital Energy.
The word Yama means control and is used to denote various rules or codes of conduct. However this is not the word which is joined to prana to form pranayama. The correct word is Ayama, which has far more implications. Ayama is defined as extensions.
The techniques of pranayama provide the method whereby the life force can be activated and regulated in order to go beyond once normal boundaries or limitations and attain a higher state of vibratory energy and awareness.
1.Most people breathe incorrectly using only a small part of their lung capacity. The breathing is then generally shallow depriving the body of oxygen and prana essential to its good health.
2. Rhythmic, deep & slow respiration stimulates and is stimulated by calm, state of mind.
Irregular breathing disrupts the rhythms of the brain and leads to physical, emotional and mental blocks. These in turn leads to inner conflicts and unbalanced personalities, a disordered lifestyle and diseases.
3. Pranayama establishes regular breathing pattern, breaking this negative cycle and reversing the debilitating process.
Effects of Pranayamas
- Pranayamas have a profound effect on harmonizing our breathing. Calm breathing influences the autonomic nervous system which can slow our heartbeat, reduce blood pressure, and bring in calmness and a state of stability.
- Pranayamas bring in a state of relaxation subjectively, by the practice of 2:1 ratio breathing, which has a reflex effect on our autonomic nervous system and circulatory system.
- Pranayamas also help to bring in a state of balance between sympathetic & Para-sympathetic nervous system.
- It also helps increase the level of oxygen concentration in the blood.
- It improves the efficiency of digestive organs due to the action of abdominal muscles during pranayamas.
- Has a profound & proven effect in managing anxiety neurosis, stress, depression and other emotional problems.
- Promotes emotional wellness.
What to expect in Pranayama sessions?
1. Each Pranayama session is designed emphasizing on the principles & philosophy of Traditional Yoga( Hatha Yoga)
2. The therapy is administered personally by the Yoga Guru-Shruti Nagendra
3. It is mandatory to undergo Initial Health Assessment before the start of the Acupressure session.
How many sessions are required?
A course of treatment consists of 10-15 sessions. For best results patients should have 2-3 sessions a week. The amount of response varies between individuals depending on their age and lifestyle. A visible result is noticeable after 3-4 sessions. Treatments are cumulative, meaning they build upon each other each time.
Each treatment takes about 15 to 30 mins.