Pranayama is generally defined as ‘breath control’. Although this interpretation may seem correct in view of the practices involved, it does not convey the full meaning of the term. Prana means ‘vital energy’ or ‘life force’, ayama means ‘to expand’, accordingly pranayama is expansion of the vital energy. This vital energy is responsible for all life experiences including physical and spiritual.
Prana means breath, respiration, life, vitality. Ayama means stretch, expansion, length, regulation, restraint, control.Pranayama is a technique to make the respiratory organs move and expand intentionally, and intensively. It consists of inhalation (puraka), exhalation (rechaka) and retention of the breath (kumbaka).
Puraka stimulates the system, rechaka removes stale air and toxins, kumbhaka distributes the energy throughout the body. There is external and internal retention.
For the beginner, pranayama should be guided by a qualified teacher. The interest in learning will develop with practice. We feel comfortable to guide you, and prepare you for your practice in your day to day life. The regulated breathing purifies mind and body, and helps the mind to concentrate.
Our daily morning pranayama practice is a combination of techniques that are simple and easy to understand, and we make sure to teach it to you in a step by step approach.
Depending on the group we use the following three bandhas, relevant to pranayama: Jalandhara bandha (chin lock),Uddiyana Bandha (abdominal lock), Moola Bandha(perinium lock). The benefits of this locks will be discussed and felt within our practice together.
There are many benefits of Pranayama:
- Breath controls -- p r a n a -- controls mind
- Helps to take Prana to various parts of the body better, and helps removing impurities in the body and brings the mind to a peaceful state.
- Its good for concentration and contemplation and prepares the mind for meditation.
- The aspirant who practices pranayama regularly will find that every aspect of the being, at every level is gradually being transformed.