Free Tips on Pranayam
Pranayam as we know has the capacity of freeing the mind from untruthfulness, ignorance and all other painful and unpleasant experiences of the body and mind; and when the mind becomes clean it becomes easy for a person to concentrate on the desired object and it becomes possible for him to progress further in the direction of Dhyana and Samadhi. The next level that leads you to meditation. When we try to understand it physically, Pranayam appears to be a systematic exercise of respiration, which makes the lungs stronger, improves blood circulation, makes a man healthier and bestows upon him the boon of a long life. But when we come to know it physiologically it teaches us that the air (Prana) we breathe in fills our lungs, spreads in the entire body, providing it with essential form the body, take them to the heart and then to the lungs, which throws the useless material like carbon dioxide out of the body through the act of exhalation. Several diseases can be averted by regular practice of Pranayam.
Mental disturbances like excitement, anxiety, fear, anger, disappointment, lust for sex and other mental perversions can be calmed down by regular practice of Pranayam. Besides, Pranayam practice improves the functioning of the brain cells with the results that memory and the faculty of discrimination and observation improves, making it easy for a person to perform concentration and meditation.
Various tips or rules that must be kept in mind while performing Pranayam are:
- Always select a clean and peaceful place for practicing Pranayam.
- Sit either in any of the Asanas, as Padmasana, Sidhasana or Vajrasana, which ever you find convenient.
- Always breathe only through the nose, because by doing so the air which you take in is filtered. During daytime when you are not sitting for the performance of Pranayam make it a habit to do respire only through nose and not through mouth. Nasal respiration keeps the temperature of the Nadis (Vessels) –’Ida’, Pingala and ’susmana’. It also prevents foreign and harmful objects from getting into lungs.
- Pranayam should also be performed four or five hours after taking food. In the morning Pranayam should be done after finishing daily routine acts like cleansing mouth, emptying of bowels etc., it should also be done before Yogsanas.
- Keep your mind calm and composed. However, Pranayam can also calm down the disturbed mind and keep one happy.
- If you feel fatigued in the course of doing Pranayam, rest for sometime and then begin deep breathing, which will remove the fatigue.
- Pregnant women, hungry persons, persons suffering from fever and those who are lustful having no control on their passions should not practice Pranayam.
- Do not strain yourself while doing ‘Kumbhaka’ i.e. retaining the breathed air inside or keeping the air out after exhaling.
- Pranayam does not means just breathing in, keeping the breathed air in and exhaling it. It also means establishing control on the entire breathing process, and maintaining mental equilibrium, and concentration of mind.
- It is beneficial to chant the mantras.