Yoga and Pranayama

Prana is the subtle life force energy and Pranayamas is channelising of Prana into the body. Pranayama is an important limb of Yoga - according to the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. The ’Yoga Sutras’ is an ancient treatise on yoga, attributed to Sage Patanjali. Among the eight limbs of yoga mentioned here, Pranayama, the fourth limb, is important for a healthy body and mind and for gaining higher states of awareness.

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Practising Yoga not only increases the flow and circulation of oxygen, but also of the Prana. Yoga enables the Prana to flow deeper into the muscles, organs, nerves, down to the cellular level, thereby nourishing and renewing the system deeply.

Pranayamas

Pranayama is an important limb of Yoga - according to the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.

Breath is the main source of Prana

Prana is connected to the air that we inhale. Oxygen nourishes the physical body and prana, the vital energy, nourishes the subtle layers of your being. Prana flows through thousands of subtle energy channels called ‘nadis’.

Benefits of Pranayamas: (when practised correctly and under the right guidance)

  • Increases quantity and quality of Prana
  • Pranayam clears the nadis
  • Harmonizes the body, mind, and spirit
  • Rejuvenates and recharges the body and mind

Prana

Prana is the universal life force. It is the vital energy needed by your physical and subtle layers of your being. Prana flows through thousands of subtle energy channels, called ‘nadis’.

The quantity and quality of prana, and the way, in which it flows through the nadis, determine your state of mind.

If the prana level is high in the system and its flow is continuous, smooth and steady, then the mind remains calm, positive and enthusiastic.

The nadis in the average person may be partially or even fully blocked

For blocked nadis

  • Quality of Prana: Broken and jerky
  • Possible reasons: Lack of knowledge and lack of attention to one’s own self
  • Results: Increased worries, fear, uncertainty, conflicts, tension, and other negative qualities

“Yoga Sutras” is an ancient treatise on yoga, attributed to Sage Patanjali. Among the eight limbs of yoga mentioned here, Pranayama - the fourth limb, is important for a healthy body and mind, and for attaining higher states of awareness.

Note: Since Pranayamas deal with the subtle life force, it is important that you practice them only as instructed in the class. Do not experiment with Pranayamas.