In the dictionary, pranayama simply means the regulation of the breath through certain techniques and exercises.
Prana = breath or vital energy
Ayama = control
Pranayama, or breath control, was first mentioned in yoga literature as a breathing practice around 700 BCE.
Pranayama has many benefits for both our physical body and our mind. This breathing practice has been known to decrease stress, lower tension and anxiety while relaxing the mind. Pranayama has also been known to help lower blood pressure and restore elasticity of the lungs, great for those with breathing conditions such as asthma. This type of breathing practice induces a meditative state and quiets the mind, allowing for healing and true peace to take place.
I will guide you through a brief pranayama exercise, simply click the link below!