Are you breathing right?

Are you breathing right?

If we take a moment to observe our breathing, we may notice that we often take shallow breaths, breathe with our mouth, and/or breathe better with one nostril than the other.

Currently, there is a lot of awareness about our physical health and the importance of exercising every day. This body gives us all the experiences that make us who we are, and it is admirable that most of us understand our responsibilities towards this body, the vehicle that takes us on journey through life. However, did you know that this physical body is just one of the five layers of our being?  Our physical body is called the Annamaya kosh (physical sheath). Scriptures tell us that as embodied beings, we have four more progressively subtler layers – Prāṇamaya kosh (energy sheath), Manomaya kosh (mind sheath) , Vijnamaya kosh ( Wisdom sheath) and Anandamaya kosh (bliss sheath).

Prāṇamaya is derived from two words – ‘prāṇ’ (life-giving energy) and ‘āyām’ (to extend).  It is prāṇ that gives life and vitality to all the creatures of this cosmos, and everything that happens in the body is energized by prāṇ.  This vital energy flows into our body through breath and moves around the body via nādis or channels. There are 72,000 nādis in the body, and when the prāṇ flows effortlessly and without any blockages through our nādis, we feel invigorated and experience an increased sense of well being. This layer connects our physical body with our mind. For a perfect body-mind balance, it is very important that we take proper care of this layer.

The ancient science of yoga informs us that the best way to take care of the Prāṇamaya kosh is by the regular practice of Prāṇāyām. Prāṇāyām is a systematic breathing exercise to increase the life force or the Prāṇ. There are many benefits of Prāṇāyām, including, but not limited to:

  • Improving immunity and eliminating seasonal allergies
  • Enhancing the performance of heart, lungs, digestive system, and kidneys
  • Helping with weight loss
  • Increasing energy levels
  • Preventing diseases such as diabetes and heart diseases
  • Eliminating acne and improves the skin
  • Boosting concentration and performance

There are different types of Prāṇayam – Bhastrika, Anulom Vilom, Bhramari, Kapalbhathi, and many more. Each one has many benefits to offer, but it is very important to learn the proper technique to experience maximum benefits.

Dallas YogaFest is proud to present several prāṇayam sessions conducted by experienced teachers of local yoga studios. Mark your calendars for June 18, to come and learn this ancient science of health and vitality. Make a commitment to improve the quality of your life!

  • Dale Rafferty
    Posted at 13:17h, 05 June Reply

    So many good things are being offered at the Dallas Yoga Fest! Now here is a great opportunity to learn how to simply use the breath to improve our energy, our health and the work that we do with our mind. Looking forward to this event!

  • Debasmita
    Posted at 04:13h, 06 June Reply

    I just learned recently that “Pranayama” or breathing exercises are 20 times more powerful that yogasanas!!! Often people are not aware of many benefits of practicing Pranayama.

  • Soundarya
    Posted at 08:21h, 08 June Reply

    This Fest is awsomely perfect for developing all secctors of our life, both physically and spiritually. Now our health is actualy in our hands with yoga.

  • Surbhi Joshi
    Posted at 01:50h, 09 June Reply

    We usually fail to pay attention on how we break whether it is right or wrong. While reading this blog I was actually paying attention on breathing pattern. Yoga has a big storehouse of never ending benefits for everyone.

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