“Pranayama exercises invite the practitioners to focus the awareness on the breathing process,which is otherwise normally ignored.”
The word pranayama is comprised of two roots: ‘prana’ plus ‘ayama’.Prana means ‘vital energy’ or ‘life force’.The word pranayama means extension or expansion of the dimension of prana.
The breath is the most vital process of the body.It influences the activities of each and every cell and,most importantly linked with the performance of the brain.Human beings breath about 15 times per minute and 21.600 times per day. Respiration fuels the burning of oxygen and glucose,producing energy to power every muscular contraction, glandular secretion and mental process.The breath is intimately linked to all aspects of human experience.
“Rhythmic ,deep and slow respiration stimulates and is stimulated by calm,content,states of mind.”
Most people breath incorrectly,using only a small part of their lung capacity . The breathing is then generally shallow , depriving the body of oxygen and prana essential to its good health.
Pranayama utilizes breathing to influence the flow of prana in the nadis or energy channels of the pranamaya kosha or energy body. Through the practice of pranayama ,the energy trapped in neurotic,unconscious mental patterns may be released for use in more creative and joyful way.