Pranayam is derived from the words “Prana” & “Ayama”.
Prana stands for life
Ayama means to work on it.
Pranayam is a simple practice of many breathing techniques that promote physical, mental &
emotional well being. This write up describes the main 3 pranayam and its benefits.

  1. Bhasrika Pranayam
    Sit in a comfortable posture (sukhasana) with gyaan mudra. Close your eyes and inhale deeply and fill your lungs with air. Hold the breath for 3-5 seconds and release the vital force of energy. Perform 15-20 rounds of Bhasrika Pranayam.

Benefits :
a. Bhasrika Pranayam is a natural energizer.
b. Is also good to overcome depression.
c. It’s a great exercise for lungs and for people suffering from respiratory problems, cold, flu and allergies and breathlessness.

2. Kapalbhati Pranayam
Inhale deeply with both your nostrils & exhale rapidly. Pull your stomach in while exhaling. Practice this for 15-20 minutes daily.

Benefits :

  1. Kapalbhati pranayama is beneficial for lowering of blood sugar by stimulating the pancreas to produce sufficient insulin and reduction of stress which is a significant barrier to effective blood sugar control.
  2. The benefits of Kapalbhati for weight loss include reducing abdominal fat, toning abdominal strength thereby helps in fighting obesity/overweight issues.
  3. Kapalbhati Pranayam also improves your immune system and your ability to fight disease causing microbes.
  4. It also helps to provide relief from constipation.

3. Anulom Vilom Pranayam

Close your right nostril with your thumb and start inhaling slowly and take a breath as much as possible. Slowly remove your thumb from right nostril. Now close your left nostril with the middle finger and breathe out. Repeat this process for 5-10 minutes.

Benefits :

  1. Anulom Vilom Pranayam helps to treat arthritis problems.
  2. It reduces chronic sinus problems & snoring and also opens blockages with better blood circulation.

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