Prana implies the vital life force and pranayama is the practice of controlling or manipulating our breath. While Pranayama helps in relaxation of the mind and body, it has many health benefits. Though pranayama is recommended for everyone, it can be more beneficial to people with hypertension, anxiety and depression problems. Breathing exercises through various forms of pranayama removes toxins and increases oxygen supply to the body. It helps you to be conscious about breathing pattern.
Some of the health benefits of Pranayama:
- Improves efficiency of brain function
- Helps to manage blood pressure
- Brings lustre on your face
- Builds appetite
- Facilitates oxygen supply to lungs
- Improves heart function
- Helps in weight regulation
- Brings vigour and vitality
- Helps digestion and avoids constipation
- Creates calmness and stability in the mind
- Helps to concentrate and be more focussed
- Helps to ease stress, anxiety and tension
- Stimulates the nervous system
With regular and sustained practice of pranayama, you can breathe freely and energise your body in a positive way. It is best to practice pranayama early in the morning for about 20 to 30 minutes and must be done under expert guidance.