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Pranayama - The Art of Yoga Breathing
When the Breath wanders, the mind is unsteady, but when the Breath is still, so is the mind still." - Hatha Yoga
Pradipika

Breathing is life. It is one of our most vital functions. One of the Five Principles of Yoga is Pranayama or Breathing
Exercise which promotes proper breathing. In a Yogic point of view, proper breathing is to bring more oxygen to the
blood and to the brain, and to control Prana or the vital life energy. Pranayama also goes hand in hand with the
Asanas. The union of these two Yogic Principles is considered as the highest form of purification and self-discipline,
covering both mind and body. Know more about Pranayama techniques in the following sections:

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Pranayama - What is Yoga Breathing?
One of the Five Principles of Yoga is Pranayama or the science of breath control. This is an overview
of what Pranayama is and the Breathing Exercises practiced in Yoga.

Pranayama - Importance of Breathing
Breathing is the only means of supplying our bodies and its various organs with oxygen which is vital
for our survival. Learn the importance of proper breathing in this section.

Pranayama - Stages, Kinds, & the Process of Breathing
Be familiar with the different aspects of breathing such as Stages of Breathing and Kinds of Breathing,
and learn how the breathing process works.

Pranayama - Traditional Breathing Techniques
Take a closer look at the different Traditional Breathing Techniques - High Breathing, Low Breathing,
Middle Breathing, and the Complete Breath.

Pranayama - Stages of Breathing in Yoga
Each cycle of breathing which is usually thought of as merely inhalation followed by exhalation, may
be analyzed based on its four phases or stages. Know the Four Stages of Breathing in Yoga.

Pranayama - Arrested and Resting Breath
The empty pause completes the cycle which terminates as the pause ends and a new breathing cycle
begins. Know the importance of Arrested and Resting Breath in this section.

Pranayama - Techniques to Prolong Pauses
Bhandas are Yoga Techniques and aids which are practiced in order to slow down one's breathing.
Know the four important Bandhas and learn how they are done.

Pranayama - Patterns of Rest
In this section, know the importance of Pattern of Rest between inhalation and exhalation. Also, know
the various benefits of having self-control in Yoga breathing.

Pranayama - Importance of Exhalation
The Pranayama practice gives emphasis to inhalation, exhalation, and retention of breath. Learn why
proper exhalation is considered as the most important part of Pranayama practice.

Pranayama - Safety Guidelines
The Pranayama practice is safe to do as long as you keep some essential things in mind. Know some
general guidelines or principles to keep you on the safe side while doing the exercises.
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Pranayama - Prana and the Body
Prana is the center of all Yoga practices. It is the energy, the self-energizing force that embraces the
body. Know more about Prana and its role in Pranayama.

Pranayama - The Seven Chakras
The Chakras are the seven main energy centers in the body. They are described as "whirling disks of
light", and each Chakra radiates a specific color and energy.

Breathing on the Beach
The beach can also be a haven for wellness. Try doing simple breathing exercises that could improve
your blood pressure, heart function, and energy next time you hit the beach.

Pranayama - Breathing Techniques for Beginners
The basic Breathing Exercises and Techniques will form the foundation of your daily Yoga practice.
Just make sure that you know the proper way of breathing before doing these exercises.

Pranayama - Advanced Breathing Techniques
After doing the basic Breathing Techniques properly, you can move on to the advanced techniques.
Bear in mind that these are powerful exercises, so practice them slowly and know your limits.

These are the essential aspects of Pranayama. Please note that Yoga Breathing Exercises are very powerful
exercises. Many people experience dizziness or lose consciousness while practicing Breathing Techniques, whether
basic or advanced exercises. Practice all Breathing Exercises slowly. Perhaps ask a friend to stay with you when
trying out a new Breathing Technique. In addition, you can sign up for some Breathing or Yoga Classes and practice
under supervision of an expert.


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