Pranayama: Every breath counts | Benefits of pranayama

by Ananya Gupta January 11, 2022

Pranayama: Every breath counts | Benefits of pranayama

Pranayama is the practice of controlling one’s breathing. It  is one of the main components of yoga. It can be practiced with both yoga asanas and during meditation. Pranayama is derived from Sanskrit meaning, “prana” means life energy and “yama” means control.

Pranayama helps you strengthen the connection between your body and mind.

Research shows that pranayama can provide relaxation and mindfulness. It also improves multiple aspects of physical health, including lung function, blood pressure, and brain function. 

Practicing pranayama is great for both physical and mental health.

Pranayama can improve the quality of like in many ways, 

-Decreases stress

Studies show that pranayama reduces stress significantly in young adults. It also helps people with anxiety. Pranayama helps you relax your nervous system and calm your body. The increase in oxygen intake helps in supplying ample oxygen to the brain and nervous system to function efficiently. 

 -Improves sleep quality

The stress-relieving benefits of pranayama also help with sleeping disorders. Pranayama techniques like Bhramari help slow down the heart rate and breathing in turn helping the body to stay calm and sleep. 

- Increases mindfulness

Pranayama makes us aware of every breath and teaches us to live in the moment and the value of every breath. Pranayama reduces carbon dioxide in the body, increasing the oxygen concentration. Our brain cells in turn function to the optimum. 

-Reduces high blood pressure

All the calming effects of Pranayama helps in significantly lowering high blood pressure or hypertension and can be potentially dangerous.

- Improves lung function 

Pranayam being a practice of controlled breathing can strengthen your lung function. Pranayama can be useful in improving lung strength in lung conditions like asthma, allergic bronchitis pneumonia and tuberculosis. 


Ananya Gupta
Ananya Gupta

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