PRANAYAMA – the art of breathing
Pranayama is a yoga practice that literally means the control of life and energy. It uses breathing techniques to change subtle energies within the body for health and wellbeing.
In yoga the breath known as Prana an universal energy or life force that can be used to find balance between the body and mind, the conscious and unconscious, and the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system. Unlike other bodily functions, the breath is easily used to communicate between these systems, which give us an excellent tool to help facilitate positive change
It is the only bodily function that we do both voluntarily and involuntarily. Breathing exercises can act like a bridge into the functions of the body of which we generally we do not have conscious control.
Learning to use breath as a tool is one of the most cleansing, revitalizing, nourishing, and restorative things we can do for our overall health. The regular practice of pranayama brings all sorts of amazing benefits such as improved digestion, clarity of mind, deeper sleep, more energy, rejuvenation, anti-ageing and the feeling of inner happiness.
Meditation is a means of transforming the mind and is one of the best tools we have to counter the brain’s negativity. We can counter the harmful effects of stress with an equally powerful relaxation response triggered through specific techniques such as meditation. Emotions can impact the course of an illness for better or for worse and could even be the difference between life and death. There has been remarkable true stories of people using mind and body to recover from severe back pain, heart disease, infertility, cancer and multiple sclerosis.