Yoga is the best way to increase flexibility and maintain a healthy lifestyle. It acts as a powerful remedy to relieve stress and also acts as a perfect aid to maintain blood sugar levels and cholesterol within control. Apart from making you feel instantly calm, it will also help the nervous system and other organs to function better.
Pranayama — where you exhale twice as long as inhale— IS MORE ABOUT DUMPING OLD EXPERIENCES, RATHER THAN MERE OXYGENATION OF BLOOD.
It is always starts with the left nostril for right handers – for left handers it is vice versa ( no book on pranayama talks about this ).. Left handed people have their sub-conscious in the left lobe of the brain.
Breathe in the new, breathe out the old. Pranayama—inhale and exhale with awareness— long exhales with the sound of mmmm. Humming boosts level of nitric oxide—this in turn ups the oxygen intake by 98%, the biggest secret. Ordinary breath is a mere 4%.
Yoga Breathing or Pranayama
- Select a calm, quiet and clean place and make it to sit in the same place to practice the pranayama routines.
One can sit in the lotus pose or crosslegged. If this is not possible one can even sit on a chair. Sit erect normally.
- Always breathe through the nose.
- Keep calm and cheerful and don't be in a rush to finish the routines.
- Take rest in between pranayama or different routines if you feel tired or do alternating light exercises.
- Eat simple pure food. Milk, ghee, almonds and fruits are beneficial in moderate amounts.
- Do not forcibly hold the breath during pranayama. Practice pranayama slowly with moderate effort and without hurry.
- It is beneficial to do OM chanting before starting pranayam though this is not a compulsion.
- Avoid tea, coffee or other stimulating drinks immediately after pranayam.
- Avoid heavy, fried and fatty foods. Milk, curd, buttermilk, fruit juice, green vegetable juices and fruits like papayas, apples, guavas and cherries are healthy food choices.
- Take sprouted seeds and grains, porridge or some easily digestible food after pranayama.
- On awakening in the morning, the first thing is to drink water and wash the eyes with cold water. this benefits the stomach and eyes.
- Persons with heart disease and high blood pressure must do all the pranayams, very slowly and gently without force.
- Kapalbhati can be started 4 to 6 months after any surgical operation.
- Between breakfast and lunch drink water once while between lunch and dinner drink small quantities, several times. This prevents diseases of the digestive and urinary system, obesity and cholesterol problems.
The research into the connection between yoga and diseases is still in its scientific infancy. Several dozen studies have explored the possible benefits of yoga for people with diseases, but these trials are mostly small or lack the scientific stringency. Still, this body of work suggests that yoga may:
1. reduce high blood pressure
2. improve symptoms of heart failure
3. ease palpitations
4. enhance cardiac rehabilitation
5. lower cardiovascular risk factors such as cholesterol levels, blood sugar, and stress hormones
6. improve balance, reduce falls, ease arthritis, and improve breathing for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
7. down-regulation of disease-causing genes and up-regulation of disease preventing genes
8. detoxify body
9. attain greater hormonal balance
“Next comes pranayama which enables you to control the flow of your breath and increase your vital energy. These breathing exercises uncover the light of pure consciousness and bring about mental clarity.”
Raja YogaSutras of Patanjali
Yogic breathing exercises are called “pranayama”. The literal translation of this Sanskrit word is “control of the prana”. Prana is the vital energy, or life force, that is known in Chinese as “chi” and Japanese “ki”. It is the subtle energy that is used and manipulated in acupuncture, shiatsu, reiki, tai chi, reflexology and many Eastern martial arts.