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Pranayama - the art of breathing
Pranayama is about training your breath awareness and expanding your breathing patterns.


Pranayama - (from Hatha Yoga and Ashtanga Yoga)
"Pranayama is control of Breath". "Prana" is Breath or vital energy in the body. On subtle levels prana represents the pranic energy responsible for life or life force, and "ayama" means control. So Pranayama is "Control of Breath".

Pranayama: Yoga Breathing
Pranayamas are breathing exercises developed by the ancient yogis for purification. Prana translates into "life force energy" and Yama translates into "control or mastery of." Thus, Pranyama is used to control, cultivate, and modify the Prana in the body.

Pranayama and Stress
In yoga, breathing is considered a very important process as it is the most vital means of absorbing prana into the body. The shastras explain how prana gives consciousness and life to every creature which breathes.

Pranayama Tips For Better Breathing
Practice these ten tips for a better breath.
Pranayama Tips 1. Before beginning a technique take the time to exhale the renaining air from the lungs and rest for a moment. This creates a more peaceful calm approach to the next breath.

Pranayama
To suit the different constitutions, temperament and purpose, in Pranayama there are many varieties of exercises, viz.

Pranayama and Meditation
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Summary
Notes from the 2012 Yoga Shibir given by Swamiji Asanganand Saraswati. (Any errors or omissions are mine, and mine alone.) ...

Bahya Pranayama (with mahabandha)
Bahya Pranayama is a method of retention of the breathing process after exhalation of breath and Mahabandha is process of applying all bandhas tothe body. There are three types of bandhas (locks) in Pranayama.

Pranayama is the fourth limb of Ashtanga Yoga. Pranayama is the measuring, control, and directing of the breath. Pranayama controls the energy within the organism, in order to restore and maintain health and to promote evolution.

Pranayama is the fourth 'limb' of the eight limbs of Ashtanga Yoga mentioned in verse 2.29 in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.[16][17] Patanjali, a Hindu Rishi, discusses his specific approach to pranayama in verses 2.49 through 2.51, and devotes verses 2.52 and 2.

To practice Brahmari Pranayama, sit comfortably, with the back tall and shoulders relaxed. Start by taking a few natural breaths, and close your eyes (as long as closing them doesn't produce more anxiety). Then, keeping the lips lightly sealed, inhale through the nostrils.

Pranayama During Meditation
If you do concentration and meditation, Pranayama, comes by itself. The breath becomes slower and slower. We will practise this Pranayama daily unconsciously.

Pranayama / Breathing Pose

The simple act of learning to control the breath has a number of beneficial effects on your wellbeing, ranging from increasing your energy, to improved relaxation into sleep.

Pranayama is preparation for concentration: Through these practices and processes of pranayama the mind acquires or develops the fitness, qualification, or capability for concentration (dharana), which is the sixth rung (3.1-3.3).
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VILOMA PRANAYAMA
Viloma means against a natural order. In this pranayama inhalation or exhalation is not a continuous process but is interrupted by several pauses. It can be done either lying down or in a sitting position.
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The excercise of Pranayama in Hatha Yoga is essential to master ones' breathing patterns. If one can master breath, then the mastery of mind is within reach. Through breathing excercises the flow of prana or vital life force through the body is regulated.

Pranayama for Awakening Kundalini: When you practice the following, concentrate on the Muladhara Chakra at the base of the spinal column which is triangular in form and which is the seat of the Kundalini Sakti. Close the right nostril with your right thumb.

Ujjayi pranayama
a kind of breathing technique which produces a light sonorous sound.
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Your acarya will teach the pranayama technique that will be most beneficial to your mental and physical health and prepare you to complement the pranayama with mantra and meditation. No one should risk harm by practicing these techniques without consulting a trained yoga teacher or a physician.

Pranayama
Pranayama is started once a firm foundation in asana has been established as physically the student requires the alignment, flexibility, lung capacity and training necessary to sit and breathe correctly while practicing.

Pranayama
Generally translated as breath control, this fourth step consists of techniques designed to gain mastery over the respiratory process while recognizing the connection between the breath, the mind and the emotions. The literal translation of pranayama is "life force".

Pranayama
Pranayama is the exercise of the breath. Breathing techniques are important within Yoga not only for improving the supply of oxygen to the body but also for strengthening the lungs, but the way we breath also has a direct effect on the brain and emotions, ...

pranayama - conscious control of the flow of prana via breathing
आसन
asana - pose, posture - Pronounced AH-sah-nah; many asanas have commonly used sanskrit names; click here for a listing of individual asana names; literal: "seat" ...

Pranayama - practice of using/controlling the breath
Pratyahara - use and self-control of our senses
Dharana - capability to direct the mind ...

Pranayama
By far the most important thing about good breathing is the Prana, or subtle energy of the vital breath. Control of the Prana leads to control of the mind. Breathing exercises are called Pranayamas, which means to control the Prana.

Pranayama - is a Sanskrit word often translated as control of the life force (prana). When used as a technical term in yoga, it is often translated more specifically as 'breath control' or 'breathing technique.' ...

pranayama srigurum natham svatmaramena yogina kevalam rajayogya hathavidyopadisyate - I.2
"After having saluted his guru, the yogi Svatmarama, (the author) expounds Hatha vidya only for the practice of Raja Yoga. " ...

Pranayama
technique of breathing and breath control which regulates energy flow and aims at maintaining energy balance
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Pranayama: Breathing Techniques from Yoga
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PRANAYAMA
Also called Yoga Breathing or Breathing Exercise, Pranayama is one of the Five Principles of Yoga which promotes proper breathing. Learn the different Breathing Exercises and Techniques in Yoga in our Yoga Breathing (Pranayama) - The Art of Yoga Breathing section.
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Pranayama (from prana and ayama, "life/breath extension"): breath control, the fourth limb (anga) of Patanjali's eigthfold path, consisting of conscious inhalation (puraka), retention (kumbhaka), and exhalation (recaka); at an advanced state, ...

Pranayama: Breath control, consisting of conscious inhalation, retention and exhalation. Breathing is the essential element of all yoga.
Prana Vata: The chief subdivision of vata, it governs the mind, the heart, respiration, and life itself.

Pranayama
The raja yoga theory tells us that prana is animating the mind. Very much like the wind creates the motion of the leaves, prana creates the motion of the mind which gives rise to the vrittis.

UJJAI PRANAYAMA
Sit in Sukhasana or Padmasana or Sidhasana or Swastikasana or Vajrasana or atleast in the crossed leg easy position. Keep the head, neck and spine in one straight line.

Ujjayi pranayama
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psychic breathing performed by contracting the epiglottis, producing a light sonorous sound ...


UJJAYI PRANAYAMA - a breathing technique

UP PRANAS - "five winds," the functions of prana in five different parts of the body ...

Pranayama Series
Standing Deep Breathing
Because of sedentary habits, most people use only ten percent of their lungs, never allowing the lungs too reach the maximum expansion capacity. Standing Deep Breathing teaches you to use the other ninety percent of your lungs.

Pranayama
Expansion of the vital energy through the regulation of the breath
Pratyahara ...

Pranayama
Breath control, mastery of life force
Purush
Formless God with qualities in Sankhya philosophy, similar to Ishwar in Vedanta philosophy, Purush projects Prakriti to create universe ...

pranayama the government and control of the respiration; regulated direction and arrestation by exercises of breathing of the vital currents of energy in the body.
pranam brahma [accusative of the following].
prano brahma Life as the original reality, Life as the great Eternal [brahman] [Tait. 3.3] ...

Pranayama (consciously establishing a working relationship with our core energy and the source of prana mainly through breath control exercises) ...

Pranayama - practice of breathing exercises {alt: the breathing techniques of Yoga}
Pranyavadi - to stop the life breath of a human being by slaughter
Prasad - food or other offerings to God as part of a devotional service, which are distributed to the participants afterwards ...

Pranayama
practices involving control of inhalation, exhalation and breath retention; techniques for expanding pranic energy
Prapti ...

Ujjayi Pranayama - Victorious breath control - breathing technique used in Ashtanga Yoga
Vinyasa - the linking of body movement with breath; can also mean a type of yoga class
Yoga Nidra - a deep relaxation technique - yogic sleep; the body and mind are at complete rest with complete awareness.

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BKS Iyengar, Crossroad/Herder & Herder
A good introduction to pranayama, the art of yogic breathing.
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Meditation, Pranayama (Breathing), Relaxation and Cleansing
These are very important aspects of yoga, yet the most ignored. A complete yoga session should include these aspects which results in HUGE benefits in terms of: ...

BREATHING -- PRANAYAMA
The science of breathing is called pranayama. Pranayama is an integral part of Kundalini yoga and meditation.

Pranayama: breathing exercises
Raja Yoga: it focuses on the control of the intellect in order to obtain enlightenment
Samadhi: goal of yoga, becoming aware of nothing
Tantra: technique
Tantra Yoga: made up of different rituals
Tapas: self-discipline ...

(1) breath control (pranayama)
(2) sensory inhibition (pratyahara)
(3) meditation (dhyana)
(4) concentration (dharana)
(5) examination (tarka)
(6) ecstasy (samadhi) ...

Kevali Kumbhaka = a pranayama technique retaining the breath as it increases breath control and lung capacity
klesha = sorrow caused by egoism, desire, ignorance and hatred
kona = angle
Kooramuni Siddha = A disciple of Shiva.
koshas = the five sheaths of existence that comprise the body ...

Bhastrika: a type of pranayama where air is forcibly drawn in and out as in a blacksmith's bellows.
Bhekasana: Frog Pose
Bhujangasana: Cobra Pose
Brahmacharya: a life of celibacy, religious study and self-restraint
Chakra: wheel, energy centre of the subtle body ...

You may do pranayama, asana, and hatha yoga, do whatever it is, but the final purpose is meditation. What do you do? Don't say, "I am thinking God." If God is an outside object, you cannot possess him. The whole trouble about life is outsideness.

Oki-Do Yoga, created by Masahiro Oki for practical application to daily life, is a combination of Hatha Yoga (asana and pranayama), Zen meditation, Tao, Meridian-based energy medicines (Shiatsu) and martial arts. Oki-Do Yoga is focused on reconnecting with the inner life-force.

Sheetali pranayama
"Cooling breath;" a pranayama technique that lowers the body temperature by inhaling through the mouth while letting the breath flow in over the tongue.
Solar plexus
Intersection of a group of nerves in the abdominal region the physical manifestation of the manipura chakra.

It incorporates Asanas (postures), Pranayama (regulated breathing), meditation (Dharana & Dhyana) and kundalini (Laya Yoga) into a complete system that can be used to achieve enlightenment or self-realization. It has become very popular in America as source of exercise and stress management.

There are all kinds of pranayama exercises you can do, but you can begin with the simple practice of observing your breath. You don't need anything really. It's just there; it's the rhythm of life.

upanishadic principles, there are five sheathes of existence of man called ‘kosha' yogic management ( therapy) provides various techniques to bring back the balance of each koshas.
1) Annamaya Kosha( physical ) - Asanas, kriyas, diet and relaxation
2) Pranamaya Kosha ( prenic) - pranayama, ...

I got a little busy, I got a little lazy, and truthfully, I was enjoying my nice simple breathing practice and was procrastinating on starting into "real" pranayama. Which for me means those types of breathing exercises that have traditionally been taught in the Iyengar classes I attended for years.

Kripalu Yoga integrates breathing exercises (pranayama), postures (asanas), centering, and meditation. Different levels of Kripalu Yoga are available to students and are classified as either gentle, moderate, or vigorous.

Ujjayi breath is a type of pranayama (controlled breathing) in which you breathe in a constant, even rhythm through both nostrils, holding your glottis partially closed.

Three-Part Breath - Dirga Pranayama
Three-Part Breath - Dirga Pranayama is a good way to start to get in touch with your breath. It's also very relaxing.
Yoga Tips
Yoga tips on how to prepare yourself physically and mentally for your practice from About's Guide to Hinduism Subhamoy Das.

Matkin's three-pose-plus-pranayama combo is powerful enough to unleash limitless passion potential in both of you, ease the pressure of performance, and limber you up for some old-fashioned love. Ten minutes a day in these poses is even better than one full-blown yoga class each week.
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An illustration of this posture, Natarajasana II or Shiva's Dance, can be found in Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha by Swami Satyananda Saraswati. The book is published by the Bihar School of Yoga in Munger, Bihar, India. They publish a lot of great books.

Hatha-Yoga: The discipline of the force exercised by asanas, the physiological activity and pranayama, the breath control
Hiranyagarbha-Yoga: The discipline of Hiranyagarbha or the Golden Germ, who is considered the original founder of the Yoga tradition
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The eight-limbs of yoga, as codified by maharishi Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras; consists of: Yama, Niyama, Asana, Pranayama, Pratyahara, Dharana, Dhyana, and Samadhi.
Asmita
egoism; the false sense of the individual 'I'; one of the Pancha Kleshas (five 'hindrances' to spiritual growth) ...

  If you're doing the pose to practice pranayama, you especially want your legs to feel as if they're "flowing away from you" without any tension in your groins whatsoever.   This may require even more height under your buttocks than you usually use a the beginning of class.

Posture or asana breath control or pranayama
Sense withdrawal or pratyahara
Concentration or dharana ...

A physical form, Hatha yoga incorporates a series of poses called Asanas, while relying on a breathing technique, referred to as Pranayama.

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Pranayama: Control of Prana.
Pranidhana: Self-surrender.
Prapti: The Siddhi by which the Yogi can obtain all the desired things.
Prasvasa: Expiratory breath.
Pratibandha: Obstacles.
Pratibha: Intuition.
Pratipaksha: Opposite.
Pratiptasava: Becoming latent.
Pratyahara: Abstraction of the senses.

Including all of these in our daily practice of Surya Namaskar can make the experience a complete sadhana - one which includes asana (posture), pranayama (breathing), mantra (chants) and chakra meditation. Ever thought Sun Salutation could be so much more than physical exercise for weight loss?

Or is a yogi an ascetic, living on the banks of the Ganges, practicing intensive pranayama and meditation and sleeping on a bed of nails? In the end these are only outward appearances. What counts, I think, is where the person is coming from. What motivates them?

Siddhasana is useful to learn, since it is used as the practice seat for some of the pranayamas and the mudras. The positions of the legs and the hands also contain the body energies by closing the circuits and allowing awakened vital forces to remain in the system during meditation practice.

See also: See also: What is the meaning of Prana, Yoga, Asana, Meditation, Health?

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