Pranayama is Yogic breathing.
Pranayama means Life force.
Prana means ” Life” and Yama ” Force.”
Yogic breathing can enhance parasympathetic nervous system activity. Parasympathetic nervous system is in charge of helping you keep calm. Slow, steady yogic breathing relaxes the body and decreases the heart rate. It reduces the activity in the HPA (hypothalamic-pituitary- adrenal) axis which can decrease your cortisol (stress hormone) levels and your catecholamines (including adrenaline.)
Pranayama is a great way to still the mind. It gives your meditation practice a focus for when your mind begins to wander. Focusing on breath is a great way to start a meditation practice. When your mind is racing, try to simply focus on breath and say “I am inhaling” and “I am exhaling.”
Reduce Chronic Inflammation
According to a study in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Yogic Breathing can lower long-term inflammation. It reduces the level of cytokines that tend to be elevated with chronic inflammation. Chronic high levels of cytokines can damage tissues. Pranayama is important in fighting infections.
Okay, let’s not shame ourselves (especially women) on growing older. Society has made the aging process something to feel shame about even though it’s totally natural! So by anti-aging, I don’t mean reducing wrinkles. For that, you can try “face yoga!” I don’t know if face yoga works but I do know pranayama can prevent the onset of diseases and prolong a healthy life. A study from Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity found that pranayama and yoga improved several markers of cellular aging in just 12 weeks. I’ve been doing yoga for 12 years! Maybe that’s why I’m 28 and I still get carded at the liquor store!
Balance your Doshas
If you’re finding that one of your doshas are out of balance, there are specific breathwork techniques that can pacify whichever dosha is out of balance! In ayurveda, like increases like. So it’s important to pacify imbalances with the opposite characteristics. For example, to balance pitta imbalances with cooling breaths.
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