The breathing rhythm is following us through our whole life, from our birth to our death. We can influence our emotional condition, physiologic processes, concentration and energy flows in our body, first by observing our breathing and then by learning to control it. The breathing control exercises – the Pranayama – are creating connection between mind, physical and subtle body.
The Pranayama is the basic of Yoga exercises. It can be even practiced individually, outside of Yoga exercise. Overall, Pranayama – the breathing control – can help us to achieve the greater control over our emotions, physiological processes and increase our physical performance.
The breathing techniques can help us to be more focus on our work, it can help us to suppress unrest before exam or it can improve our performance in sport. Proper breathing techniques makes the same influence to your life as the steel in the reinforced concrete. Steel gives strength to concrete. Without it concrete is maybe strong for forces in one direction, but is fragile as is being exposed to forces from other direction.
Whether you have intention to practice yoga or not, learning Pranayama, along with Meditation techniques, can boost your energy, vitality, focus and control over situations in your life, by using your breath of life. Before coming to specific breathing techniques, it is good to look how it works now. Even a first intention to observe your breath is a start of exercising breathing techniques.
Average individual who is not exercising breathing techniques, especially if he is not having any physical activities, is breathing rather shallow. This means that he/she is using only 30% of lungs capacity. As a result, body is forced to operate with low oxygen intake. This is leading to overall poor performance of physical and intellectual activities. On the other hand, shallow breathing is leaving lungs without proper ventilation, which cerate perfect environment for development of bacteria. Also, shallow breathing is reducing de-toxication rate of the organism, since part of toxins of our body are being extracted through breathing. In such shape our body is less resistant to illness.
The breathing phenomenon, breath of life, is very interesting from the physiological point; from one side breathing is subconscious and automatic activity, but from the other it is activity that can be fully controlled by our conscious will.
Pranayama Breathing techniques will learn us to control our breath, blood pressure, heart rate. It will also help us to control our mind and relief it from negative thoughts. It will help us to control our breath of life.
Before exercising the Pranayama breathing techniques, several rules should be respected. Try to exercise in calm place, where you will not be disturbed. That place should have a clean, fresh air. Try to create routine of exercising at the same time, every day. Make sure that your nasal breathing channels are clean. Do not exercise with your stomach full, or when you are hungry. Breath your Breath of Life.