Yoga Pranayama – Extending Lifespan by Controlling The Breath

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Yoga Pranayama – Let your breath bring you to the bed of roses heaven.

We all know that God blew a breath to Adam. Then, Adam became the first alive man on the earth. And it was the first breath of humanity in history. The world history is started with a breath which was given by God. Clearly, God gave us the first great present -the breath of life.

Breath is the present, breath means life. We live by breath. Unfortunately, we still not maximize the power of breath. We have not appreciated the role of breath exactly.

In daily life, we breathe in and breathe out without any intention. Of course, we tend to not care for something that is too apparent. However, breath is the vital life force. When we still breathe, it means we are still alive. The movement of breath truly can reflect not only our emotions but only the state of life. Therefore, spending time concentrating on the breath can improve our lives.

 

The Vital Life Force- Breath
God gave Adam a breath. And, this was the first breath of humanity.
God gave Adam a breath. And, this was the first breath of humanity. (The Breath of Life by Tom DuBois).

In every Yoga practices, paying attention to the breath is a central part. Nevertheless, when we mention the art of controlling breath in Yoga, we must refer to Pranayama.

Have you ever flown with every breath? Or have you ever turned your whole body into a breathing machine? In Pranayama, you will have the chance of discovering one of the Yoga secrets. This is an art of controlling the breath that you can practice on yourself. By controlling the way you inhale and exhale, you can increase the lifeblood and overall physical and mental health. Besides that, you will be able to decrease the effects of stress. When you truly practice Pranayama, you can also calm down your mind instantly.

In fact, Pranayama is the proven science and everyone can do it. It is based on the ability to be the owner of your breath. Normally, the breath is in its natural way. But when it comes to Pranayama, the owner and the controller of the breath is yourself.

So, let us keep on discovering about this special technique.

 

What Is Pranayama?

Pranayama is a Sanskrit word. Prana means “Breath” or “Energy”. Prana represents the vital energy in the body or the life force. In a simple manner, we can understand about it as the air we breathe. Ayama means “Control” or “Lengthening”. Literally, Pranayama refers to “Breath Control” or “The control of life force” or “Life lengthening through breathing”.

Pranayama is an ancient Yoga practice. It uses the breath to direct and expand the flow of “prana” through energy channels in our bodies.

“The solar breath leads to transcendence; the lunar breath is a form-giving substance. Their union evokes the Eternal.”

Prana Upanisad

 

The Short Overview about The History of Yoga Pranayama

Pranayama is said to appear around sixth and fifth centuries BCE. It is closely connected with ancient India and the origins of Yoga. People also can find more about Pranayama in early yoga texts such as Bhagavad Gita, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and Hatha Yoga Pradipika.

It is believed that Buddha was such a spiritual mountain climber and a Yogi before enlightening. Gautama Buddha once said: “The body of enlightenment is like wood or stone”. The meditators can achieve this state by practicing Pranayama while the breath leaves the body in a figurative manner.

 

First Steps in Yoga Pranayama
Yoga Pranayama - Breath is the central point of Pranayama
Breath is the central point of Pranayama. (Source: Pinterest)

First of all, we need a space free of all distractions. A small caution: before joining in Pranayama, we should purify our stomach and body.

Then, we start with OM chanting in order to align the subtle energies of the body. When we align them together in a neat deck, we will definitely feel different.

Next, we choose a comfortable seat or pose such as Siddhasana.

In the next step, you chose the type of breath. Hereby, there are four types of breath in Pranayama. In reality, there are 14 main types of breath. It means, the number of types of breath in Pranayama is above these numbers.

The first one is “the natural breath“. The process of natural breath consists of 4 steps:

  1. You inhale and be aware of the thoughts that are arising.
  2. Then, you exhale and be aware of the thoughts that dissipate.
  3. Next, it is time for you to release your attachment to your thoughts.
  4. Finally, you return to your life with a calm state and have an open-minded view.

The second one is “Sahita Pranayama“. It can be called the resting state. In this type of breath, you pay attention to stillness. It requires no attempt to hold the breath.

  1. First of all, let you breathe naturally and totally pay attention to your breath. Then, you pause your breath.
  2. Keeping on holding your breath in order to it is long enough to settle into the stillness.
  3. Then, you breathe out naturally and pause again.
  4. Repeating the second step.
  5. Let you practice this exercise for 5 minutes.
Large Bee and Lion’s Breath

The third one is “Bhramari” or “Large Bee“. Does it sound interesting? It means you breathe in completely through both nostrils. Then, you breathe out and the sound looks like the buzzing sound of the bee. Let you try to repeat 5 times and take rest in Savasana.

The fourth one is “Lion’s Breath“. In order to prepare for the advanced pranayama practices, you must strengthen the muscles. The technique of Lion’s Breath helps to strengthen the muscles. The meditators will also find their true voice and get the excess tension of the chest.

In order to practice this technique, first of all, you settle into an upright kneeling position. You place your hips on your thighs and rest your palms face down.

Then, you begin the process of breathing. Let you breathe in deeply through the nose. Next, when you exhale, you need to open your mouth wide and stick out your tongue. In this step, you allow all of your breath to go with an audible “HA” sound.

Finally, you try to repeat 2-3 times. You should follow a resting position such as Child’s pose or Savasana.

 

The Reasons Why You Should Practice Yoga Pranayama
The Great Benefits of Pranayama (Source: Pinterest)

In the science perspectives, there is a strong connection between the average breaths per minute and the length of lifespan. For example, the chimpanzee breath 14 times each minute and they live 40 years. The giant tortoise with the breathing rate of 4 times/minute will live up to 150 years. For the human, the slower and deeper our breaths are, the healthier our blood cells will be, and eventually, the longer our lifespan will be.

In short, it means the slower your breath is, the longer your lifespan will be.

In Pranayama, we control our breath. And the slow breath is proven to have the better effects than the rapid breath.

+The slow breath: Lower your blood pressure, calm your body down, relieve stress.

+ The fast breath: It makes your heart race and mind race be out of control.

Pranayama is useful both for prevention as well as treatment of diseases. Pranayama helps to improve the oxygen capacity of the lungs. More oxygenation means our cells are healthier and the better we are able to prevent deadly diseases like heart diseases, cancers, and other terminal diseases.

Officially, pranayama enables the treatment of cardiac patients in a non-surgical manner.

From the health perspective, if people practice pranayama, they can improve their overall health.

In the Yoga practices,  pranayama is a very helpful way for the meditators to try the more complex types of meditation.

“For breath is life, so if you breathe well you will live long on the earth.”

Sanskrit Proverb

 

The Benefits of Yoga Pranayam in Daily Life
Yoga Pranayama - Let take conscious breathing into your daily life
Yoga Pranayama – Let take conscious breathing into your daily life. (Source: Pinterest)

Breath is the gift of God. It is also the first signal of life. Therefore, we should not waste this magical universe power.

Let you take conscious breathing into your daily life. It is no longer a normal habit, but a core belief of health.

You turn the whole body into the breathing machine for about 90 minutes through a series of poses. And at the end, you are in bliss for the rest of the day.

No emotion can last in the body for longer than 7 seconds unless it is fueled by us. Hereby a small tip for those who look to transform challenging emotions.

  1. Recognizing your suffering/unease.
  2. Taking the breath evenly and deeply.
  3. Releasing it as you continue breathing.

Breathe in, breathe out – the process seems simple but magical. Let you extend and control your breath, you will extend and control your life.

The bed of roses heaven is inside us. It is truly inside the way you breathe. Let you respect your breath as the most precious gift of The Creator. The more you value your breath, the more precious gifts you will be received throughout your lifespan.

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