Pranayama routines: Control your breath, control your mood

No being, creature, plant or animal can live without air. Prana, or breath, is our life force. We can live without food for weeks, without water for days, but hardly a minute without taking a breath.

When we are born, the first thing we do is breathe, inhale, and at the end of our lives, no matter how old we become, the last thing we do is exhale, our last breath. Life is what happens between the first inhalation and the last exhalation.

Breathing is an unconscious process, we are not aware of it. Breathing happens all day long, in the rhythm that is required by our action or non-action. Pranayama is the way to replace the natural rhythm of the breath with conscious prana rhythms, so we can obtain more control over our breath, our mind and our life.

Pranayama exercises increase the level of oxygen in the body, and so the life energy in us.      

Different pranayama practices have their own rhythms and have their own unconditionally correct way to perform. When pranayama is done correctly you will be rewarded with great energy and renewed spirit, if not, the results may not matter or it may even be unhealthy. Pranayama is an integral part of the yoga knowhow and also the core in every asana. 

Breath is your life. Now that you realize, what will you do with yours?

Keep an eye open for the release of Pranayama Breathing Exercises. Of course you can also find quite some stuff about it in the book.                                           

Yoga Knowhow / Practice manual.

References: [1] “Take a deep breath“, The American Institute of Stress

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