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Pranayama is the practice of controlled breathing. In his book, PRANAYAMA: The Art of Breathing in Meditation and Zen, Dr. K.S Joshi wrote, “Pranayama is the fourth part of the eight-fold Yoga described in the Yogasutra - the most authoritative book on yoga written as per experts of the field."
The eight limbs of yoga mentioned in it are: Yama, Niyama, Asana, Pranayama, Pratyahara, Dharana, Dhyana, and Samadhi.
Among one of the most powerful of Pranayama is The Brahmari Pranayama which imitates the sound of a humming bee during it’s exhaling phase. In doing so, it channelizes breathing through a vibrating state through the air passageway. The Brahmari Pranayama is the most effective of all the Pranayamas chalked out for migraineurs.
• The Brahmari has a positive effect on post-delivery and menstrual migraines through higher serotonin release pre-menstruation
• It is extremely useful for Alzheimer's patients and those with heart conditions
• The Brahmari also balances blood sugar and hormone secretion
• It’s practice increases the rate of metabolism and calms the mind
• It is proven to improve memory and concentration
1. Sit on a mat on an even floor (preferably in Vajra Asana or Sukha Asana).
2. Close your glottis partially as you inhale through both nostrils, making a snoring sound.
3. Exhale slowly emitting the buzzing sound of a humming bee.
4. Humming while exhaling allows you to spin out your breath and make a longer exhalation.
5. Repeat the process 5 – 10 times.
It will be good to learn more about the The Art of Living Foundation’s Basic Courses where the qualified and certified instructors teach you how to do the different Pranayama with precision. The Foundation’s chapters have presence in almost all the countries of the world and in all major cities. You may visit their website to www.artofliving.org to find out the location of their branch in your locality.
Remember, any Pranayama done incorrectly has the potential to be dangerous. It is recommended that you learn Pranayama through a qualified Yoga instructor.
As with aerobic exercises, benefits can be enjoyed with consistency.