Expansion and Storing Of Prana in Pranayama Yoga
Do you want to change your life? You might ask how. There is another simple way that you can change your life. It is the expansion and storing of Prana in pranayama yoga.Beyond well-known terms, Prana is a life energy force that is everywhere, just like water around a fish.
Prana is a product of divine consciousness that we need to take care of preciously. However, to change your life through Prana, you need to know about the expansion or increasing Prana and conserving the safe Prana for rainy days. What does it cost to increase Prana and conserve it? Here are a few pranayama techniques that can help you along the way.
Pranayama techniques to expand and increase the Prana flow in your body
Also known as Alternative Nostril Breathing, Anuloma Viloma is a breathing technique that “allows your body to absorb and retain the most Prana.” The technique has essential breathing habits that bring balance between your two brain hemispheres, which correspond to your body energies. The right side is feminine, more creative, and cold energy, while the left is logical, hot, and masculine. The two hemispheres are connected to your nostrils airflows, which makes this breathing technique the right one for activating both the right and the left side. It also aids in the expansion and increase of Prana in your body.
Ujjayi Pranayama, also called ocean breath, is a breathing technique that encourages full lung expansion and forces you to pay attention to your breath. It is used to increase the Prana flow of your physical body through filling your lungs with air through your nose. The technique also increases the amount of oxygen in your blood and encourages the free flow of Prana in your body. Accompanied by slow breathing techniques, Ujjayi leads to increased oxygen consumption.
Also known as skull shining/cleansing breath, Kapalabhati pranayama highly oxygenates your blood and helps in increasing the Prana flow to your body. The techniques help clear mucus in your air passages and improve your lung capacity. The invigorating breath you inhale can build heat in your body and finally increase Prana flow.
Pranayama techniques for storing or conserving Prana
Various pranayama techniques help in cleansing your lungs and build reserves of vital energy (Prana) in your physical body. If you are new to pranayama, here are some techniques you can try.
Chin Press Breath or Murcha Pranayama is breathing techniques with the highest effect of storing Prana. It is no surprise why. Murcha Pranayama technique involves sitting comfortably, gently closing your eyes, and slowly inhaling, making sure you feel your lungs with air. You are supposed to retain the breath before slowly bringing your chin to your chest and exhale. After several rounds, the results in the incredible conservation of Prana.
Other techniques like Nadi Shodhatha, Kapalabhati, long deep breathing techniques all aid in Prana conservation. In short, when you hear, “Breathe slowly and deeply and then exhale the breath and keep it out as long as is comfortable, concentrating on the inner calmness of breathlessness” in a pranayama yoga session, it all leads to breathing expansion and conservation.
Breathing is what we do every day. Every second of our lives as humans, we do breath. Sometimes we breathe involuntarily, whether we are asleep or awake. Breathing exercises in yoga make things more interesting. It encourages breath retention and increases the Prana flow to our physical body. Ever notice how soothing it is when you sign at the end of a long day? Pranayama breathing techniques have more soothing effects than these sighs.