On pranayama (breathing exercises)
- Pranayama basically translates to the control or regulation of Prana (breath).
- In ancient Indian scriptures, Prana is referred to as the life force; without Prana, there is no life. All our biological functions are directly or indirectly related to our breath.
- Pranayama is akin to a purification process both for the body and mind. Not only can it help us get rid of negative emotions and destructive thoughts but it can also assist us to remove toxins and bad elements present in the body.
- Through the breathing exercises of Pranayama, we can tap into the untapped power of our brain, heart, and lungs — the three most essential organs for our health and well-being.
- A consistent practice of Pranayama makes our lungs stronger and improves our blood circulation enhancing our health and our life span.
- The ancient scriptures teach that mind and breath have a very significant connection. By controlling our breath, we can develop our mind and increase our focus and concentration by practicing breathing exercises. As the mind gets clear, it also becomes easy for us to progress into the state of dhyana (meditation).
- Through a regular practice of Pranayama, we can get a better grip over negative emotions such as anxiety, fear, frustration, sexual urges, and other mental distractions.
- It improves the functioning of brain cells that leads to enhanced memory, faster learning, and increased alertness.