Calm your mind, strengthen your body and energize your soul with this Pranayama Yoga Class by Stacy Glassman. Key difference: Yoga consists of yogic body exercises (asana), while Pranayama is conscious and deliberate control over the regulation of breath. According to Wikipedia, "Pranayama means extension of ‘pran’ or breath or, extension of the life force." It originated in the yogic desciplines of India (Bharat). Pranayama is a divine and spiritual method of concentration, it involves the breath inhalation and exhalation process.
Learn how to relax both mind and body through breathing, physical asana (postures), mental and physical relaxation techniques; how to eliminate tension and gain peace of mind with this unique and popular form of yoga specially adapted for the western way of life. There are over 200 various forms of yoga and people tend to be drawn to which ever form suits their need at certain times in their life. Pranayama yoga in its very essence is gentle, it is, perhaps the gentleness that attracts most people towards this form of yoga. The mind,body and breath are so interconnected that each influences the other on an ongoing basis. The teachings of Pranayama yoga have been passed on from person to person, unchanged for 6000 years. Sunita went back home but she was shunned by her family and friends grew more lonely and isolated. Whenever you are anxious your breath will change, whenever you are angry your breath will change. We are taught specific breathing exercises to help alleviate anxiety, panic, depression, anger, asthma, palpitations, hysteria and so much more.
The physical exercises, breathing exercises and most importantly the slip-second exercise are very much part of that whole process towards practical peace of mind. In this form of yoga you have a complete system that induces calmness through the mind, breath and body. IT IS A WONDERFUL FORM OF YOGA, one that is within reach of anyone, any age and any physical condition.
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One of the Five Principles of Yoga is Pranayama or Breathing Exercise which promotes proper breathing.
Pranayama – the science of breath control, consist a series of exercises intended to meet these needs and to keep the body in vibrant health.
Proper Breathing in a Yogic point of view is to bring more oxygen to the blood and to the brain, and to control prana or the vital life energy.
These techniques have also proved to help the prevention of major diseases and cure minor illnesses. It is the only means of supplying our bodies and its various organs with oxygen which is vital for our health.
It is essential for the proper and efficient functioning of the brain, nerves, Glands and other internal organs. We can survive without food for weeks and without water for days, but without oxygen we will die within a few minutes. If the brain does not get proper supply of this essential nutrient, it will cause degradation of all the vital organs of the body. Scientists have discovered that the chemical basis of energy production in the body is a chemical called Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP). Scientists have also discovered that oxygen is critical for the production of ATP; in fact, it is in fact its most vital component. The work done at Baylor University in the USA has shown that you can reverse Arterial Disease in monkeys by infusing oxygen into the diseased arteries.
We tend to assume positions such as slouching that diminishes lung capacity to function properly, which result to shortened breaths. We also live in social conditions that are not good for the health of our Respiratory System.
A normally sedentary person, when confronted with a perplexing problem, tends to lean forward, draw his arms together, and bend his head down. As our duties, responsibilities and their attendant problems become more demanding; we develop habits of forgetting to breathe. The muscles that move the thorax and control inhalation and muscular tenseness clamp down and restrict the exhalation. After an extended period of intense focusing, the whole system seems to be frozen in a certain posture. We become fatigued from the decreased circulation of blood and from the decreased availability of oxygen for the blood because we have almost stopped breathing.
If you get distracted, try concentrating harder until you experience the ticking with undivided attention.

If you fail at first, you should try again and again until you succeed in keeping the ticking clearly in mind for at least a few seconds.
This experiment shows clearly that where there is concentration of the mind, the breathing becomes very slow or even gets suspended temporarily. We are not taking in sufficient oxygen and we are not eliminating sufficient carbon dioxide.
Shallow breathing does not exercise the lungs enough, so they lose some of their function, causing a further reduction in vitality. Quick shallow breathing results in oxygen starvation which leads to reduced vitality, premature ageing, poor immune system and a myriad of other factors. These negative emotional states affect the rate of breathing, causing it to be fast and shallow.
Certainly, Yoga is not the only way to cope with stress and the resultant drop of oxygen supply in the brain brought on by constricted breathing. Scientists have known for a long time that there exists a strong connection between Respiration and Mental States.
Some research made regarding various heart diseases and cancer due to lack of oxygen supply in the body. An editorial in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine suggested that fast, shallow breathing can cause: Fatigue, sleep disorders, Anxiety, stomach upsets, heartburn, gas, muscle cramps, dizziness, visual problems, chest pain and heart palpitations.
Scientists have also found that a lot of people who believe they have Heart Disease are really suffering from improper breathing. Old people and those whose arteries are clogged often become senile and vague because the supply of oxygen towards the brain is reduced. This situation also lowers their immune system, making them susceptible to catching Colds, flu and other Allergies.
Mouth breathing can adversely affect the development of the Thyroid Gland, and can retard the mental development of children. Pathogens can also enter the lungs through mouth breathing that makes it impossible to be healthy.
The nose has various defense mechanisms to prevent impurities and excessively cold air entering the body. At the entrance to the nose, a screen of hairs traps dust, tiny insects and other particles that may injure the lungs if you breathe through the mouth. After the entrance of the nose, there is a long winding passage lined with mucus membranes, where excessively cool air is warmed and very fine dust particles that escaped the hair screen are caught. In the inner nose are glands which fight off any bacilli which have slipped through the other defenses.
The Yogis believe that the olfactory organ has another function: the absorption of Prana from the air. If you breathe through the mouth all the time, as many people do, you are cheating yourself of all this free energy (Prana).
The Yogis say this is a major factor in lowered resistance to disease and impairs the functioning of your vital glands and nervous system. The Ancient Yogis knew the importance of correct breathing and developed techniques not only to increase Health and life span, but also to attain super conscious states.
Therefore, Yoga proves to have beneficial effect on the body if done with proper breathing. Pure form of oxygen is inhaled in pranayama, which makes the body enriched with fresh and delightfull feeling.
It specifically teaches the art of relaxation and relaxation, which like any other subject can be learned.
It originated 6000 years ago and was developed by a man named Yoga Krishna.Krishna, at that time witnessed other sidhus, mystics and yoga teachers going off into mountains in solitude to practice their yoga and meditation.
She stayed there for five years, becoming a shadow of her former self and grew more and more unhappy, until one day the convent gates were open and she fled. One of the ways she used to escape the pain and isolation she felt was to walk along the beach by where she lived. Sunita grew stronger and healthier, married a man of her choice and came to the UK in 1959. After the breathing exercises we learn a unique sequence of physical exercises that keep the body supple and improve the circulation.
Sunita condensed the yoga to fit into the western way of life so as to not take too much time, but also to not lose any of the benefits.
We then finish with deep relaxation exercises.When perfected, this will give the body the energy it needs to meet all physical demands made upon it for up to 8 hours without any fatigue.
By living in the moment, doing one thing at a time and periodically detaching from reality in order to meet all demands made upon you. The Yogis realized the importance of an adequate oxygen supply thousands of years ago that is why they developed and perfected various Breathing Techniques that will help to revitalize the mind and the body. If it doesn’t get enough, the result is mental sluggishness, negative thoughts, depression and, eventually, vision and hearing declines.

The quickest and most effective way to purify the blood stream is by taking in extra supplies of oxygen from the air we breathe. If something goes wrong with the production of ATP, the result is lowered vitality, disease and premature aging. The majority of persons who took part in this experiment reported that they have completely suspended the breath. Smoking, taking a coffee break, going to the restroom, or a good laugh may all result into some readjustment of constricted breathing patterns. This is sufficient to survive and just tick over, but not sufficient for a high vitality level, long life and high resistance to disease.
When an acute circulation blockage deprives the heart of oxygen, this will result to heart attack while a stroke is the result of poor oxygen supply in the brain.
Even way back as 1947, a study done in Germany showed that when oxygen was withdrawn, normal body cells could turn into cancer cells.
In hath-yoga, there is manipulation of pranic currents through breath regulation, whereas in raj-yoga there is control of character by consciousness directly through the will of the mind. Pranayama is normally practiced, by sitting in padmasana (a form of yoga) and concentrating on breathing slowly and steadily. Practising this simple, yet profound exercise, three times a day, will bring clarity of thought and give the mind the capacity to meet all demands made on it for up to 8 hours without any fatigue.
But Krishna found himself too caught up in his day to day life, with a young wife and children who needed and depended on him to follow such a path. It was there she met her teacher Narainswami,who took her under his wing and began to teach her pranayama yoga in its entirety. That is, to give the required frame of mind to live in today’s society, free from tension. Your attitude will change and it is your attitude of mind that makes a difference from tension into relaxation. Oxygen supply in our body, however, declines as we get older and if we live a poor lifestyle. The Breathing Exercises described in this website are the most effective methods ever devised for saturating the blood with extra oxygen. However, we also tend to have some bad habits that affect our breathing and here are a few reasons.
Every cell in the body requires oxygen and our level of vitality is just a product of the health of all the cells.
On top of that, they sleep badly at night so they get a bad start for the next day and this cycle continues. It is also practiced by concentrating on the nostrils by rapid inhaling and exhaling; this type is known as ‘kapalbhati’ in yoga.
She was a teacher of classical Indian dancing an and a successful concert pianist in her own country before taking up yoga.
Knowing this gives us a great tool to use to break the pattern of all those states of mind mentioned above.Through specific breathing exercises that will help to soothe and restore the mind towards calmness.
I would genuinely say it has been my saving grace and still in many ways continues to be so. The bad news is that before we can change these habits, we should recognize and accept that our behavior needs to be changed. But people whose occupations continue to be highly stressful, something more will be needed.
Yet, one’s breathing becomes modified and restricted in various ways, not just momentarily but habitually. Deep Breathing Exercises and stretching of muscles, especially those primarily concerned with controlling inhalation and exhalation, should be sought. Pranayama is said to be the most perfect and efficient way to bring the mind under control.
So we learn in this form of yoga to first be aware of these various sources of tension in our own lives and then very gently how to let go. You can make enquires regarding classes in your area, tapes, books and any other enquiries you have. Please email me if you would like to know more please log onto the official web site listed above and begin there. This way of life gives the perfect attitude of mind to harmonize with reality and above all, the practical peace of mind sought by one and all. For those experiencing restricted breathing at night, morning exercises should be actively pursued.

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