PRANAYAMA – THE YOGIC BREATHING TECHNIQUES

Pranayama means the regulation of breath. Pranayama is the fourth stage in ashtanga yoga.
Breath and mind are closely related. If one can control the breath, one can control the mind and visa versa. Pranayama gives steadiness and lightness to the body and calmness to the mind. Prana or bio-energy flows through pranic pathways. Pranayama helps to clean these pathways . This has a direct effect on the physical body as a well as the mind. Our health improves and one gets clarity of mind.

Here is a list of common Pranayama exercises. Click on the text to see the detailed article.

PRANAYAMADESCRIPTION
Anulom Vilom Pranayama The Alternate Nostril Breathing Exercise
Bhastrika Pranayama The Bellow's Breath
Kapalbhati Pranayama The Skull Shining Breathing Exercise
Surya Bheda Pranayama The Vitalizing Breath
Ujjayi Pranayama The Psychic Breath
Bhramari Pranayama The Humming Bee Breath
Sheetali Pranayama The Cooling Breath
Sheetkari PranayamaThe Hissing Breath