Pranayama Benefits: Everything You Need To Know

What is pranayama?

“Prana” is the power that gives strength to our minds and keeps our bodies alive. “Prana” refers to our life force and “Aayam” means to regulate. If the life force is strong then the mind remains happy, peaceful, and enthusiastic.

Benefits of pranayama

  1. Improves digestion
  2. Relieves stress
  3. Helps you burn calories
  4. Induces peace and relaxation
  5. Balance your heart rate
  6. Build lungs capacity
  7. Calms the body and mind


Types of pranayama

Bhastrika Pranayama (Breath of fire):- Meaning of Bhastrika the “blower” means a tool used by a blacksmith to increase the flame of coal. Pranayama means expanding the air of life. Air is exhaled rapidly like a bellows for breathing, and at the same time, the breath is taken inward with the same speed. It brings peace to one's body and mind.

Benefits of bhastrika pranayama: - Bhastrika Pranayama can be beneficial in relieving these three doshas Vata, Pitta, and Kapha.

  1. It improves blood circulation
  2. Helps to stronger the lungs
  3. Improves your concentration
  4. Increase appetite
  5. Cure asthma, headache, migraine, neurological problems, and depression
  6. Keep away the heart-related problem


Kumbhaka Pranayama (Breath retention):- While doing any pranayama, three actions are performed, laxative, puraka, and kumbhaka. While doing Kumbhak Pranayama, the breath is kept in or out. By practicing Kumbhak Pranayama, you can remain healthy throughout your life.

Benefits of kumbhaka pranayama: - Kumbhak Pranayama makes life happy and healthy.

  1. Meditation and spiritually
  2. Calming and soothing
  3. Awareness and focus
  4. Helps in living a long and healthy life
  5. Gives you strong will-power
  6. Increase mental strength


Kapalbhati pranayama (skull): - By doing Kapalbhati Pranayama, the toxic elements of your body come out along with breathing. The explanation of Kapalbhati Pranayama is this "shining mind” With this your mind not only shines but at the same time, it also cleans your intellect.

Benefits of kapalbhati pranayama: - In Kapalbhati Pranayama, exhale forcefully.

  1. Reduces blood sugar level
  2. Cure digestive system
  3. Benefits for brain and mind
  4. Improvement in concentration
  5. Weight loss
  6. Benefits for heart


Anulom vilom pranayama (inhale and exhale):- Anulom Vilom Pranayama is made up of three words in which Anulom means right nostril and Vilom means left nostril and Pranayama means breathing. So this asana means inhaling and exhaling through the right and left nostrils.

Benefits of anulom vilom: - This asana means inhaling and exhaling through the right and left nostrils.

  1. Increase blood circulation
  2. Keeps your respiratory system healthy
  3. Balances logical thinking
  4. Cleanses the entire nervous system
  5. Free from stress
  6. Helps in relieving a cold


Sheet kari Pranayama (cool): - Sheet means cooling which cools the mind and body and Kari means to generate. This pranayama gives energy to the body and the concentration of the mind. This exercise should be done only in the summer season.

 Benefits of sheet Kari pranayama: - This pranayama is consumed by cooling breath.

  1. Inhale deeply from the mouth
  2. Retain your breath for as long as possible
  3. Close the mouth slowly and exhale through the nose
  4. Put the tongue on the lower lip and try to roll the tongue
  5. Lowers the blood pressure
  6. Reduces stress and anxiety


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