Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Importance of Pranayams

Undeniably, our lifestyle deeply affects the prāṇic forces. Our actions, sleep, diet, thought, senses, etc., have intense effects on our prāṇ. An irregular and indiscriminate lifestyle depletes the prāṇic energy and eventually leads to prāṇic blockages. This is the reason why people feel loss of energy from time to time. The depletion of prāṇic forces leads to various ailments in the organs and muscles.

There are crores of energy channels in our body through which this prāṇic (vital) energy flows. Continuous flow of this energy is essential for the functional efficiency of each and every portion of our body. Your health depends on the good flow of this energy throughout the body. By Pranayams you expand or increase the flow of this prāṇ.

It is a known fact that most people use only 25% of the lungs’ capacity in daily breathing. Due to this, all the remaining parts of the lungs remain inactive, which results in the emergence of multifarious ailments like asthma, tuberculosis, etc. Regularly performing Pranayam helps curb all the maladies—including even psychic disturbances, like excitement, anxiety, fear, anger, disappointment, lasciviousness etc. In addition, its daily performance also results in good memory power and improvement in the discrimination and observation tendency, resulting in the cultivation of spirituality in life.

Prāṇ and the mind are closely related. When we are absorbed in deep thinking, our breathing slows down naturally. Whilst, when we are agitated and tensed, breathing moves faster than normal, quite unnaturally. When we are in deep sorrow, breathing becomes irregular and broken. The fluctuating mind is brought into a specific point of focus by controlling breathing through Pranayam.

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