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Introduction to Pranayama

Pranayama, roughly translated means breath control. Understand that air is our primary life force and there are many different forms of pranayama and through prolonged use we can learn to clear our minds, cleanse our bodies, create a state of calm and fully maximise the benefits of meditation.

The majority of people breathe from the chest thus utilising only 30% of their lung capacity. This reduced capacity may be due to several factors including pollution, asthma or smoking and each of these causes scaring of the lungs.

Correct and controlled breathing will see an increase in lung capacity over time. Through correct breathing, the air enters into the undamaged tissues of our lungs and our oxygen capacity increases.

Increased oxygen = increased metabolic rate + increased body functions

Helpful hints and tips for pranayama

  1. Practice pranayama at room temperature, people that suffer with breathing problems may find that a cold room or equally a warm room may find their breathing more restricted.
  2. Before starting pranayama, unblock your sinuses to allow a clear airway.
  3. Practice pranyama on an empty stomach
  4. Seating for pranayama Р you may sit in the normal cross legged position, half lotus or if possible full lotus position. Whichever way you sit, make sure your back is straight to help maintain an opn airway.
  5. Keep you chin pointing slightly downwards.
  6. As you breathe, focus on breathing in vital energy and breathing out stress and negativity.
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