Saturday, August 22, 2015

Sooryanamaskar Pranayam

 SPECIAL REMARK: If there is not much time to practice Asanas, Pranayama and Meditation, Sooryanamaskar alone will bring the benefits of all types of yogic practices.
 This Asana combines in it the benefits of physical exercise, Asanas and also Pranayama. It is a multi-stage Asana. Being a combination of various Asanas it combines in itself the benefits of all those Asanas
1. Ensures remarkable lightness of body, buoyancy of mind and general feeling of youthfulness.
2. Strengthens the neck, arms, back, shoulders, thighs, knees, waist, calves and ankles.
3. Exercises the legs and arms mildly, thereby increasing blood circulation.
4. Cures kidney trouble by
5. strengthening the back
6. Activates sluggish glands.
7. Increases chest size and decreases abdominal girth.
8. Retards obesity
9. Boost blood supply to the entire spinal area and thereby strengthens the heart, lungs, liver, stomach, kidneys and bowels.
10. Improves and develops the bust in women and removes any menstrual disorders; renders childbearing less painful and improves the quantity and quality of milk in nursing mothers.

Pranayama may be defined as a systematic approach designed to bring about perfect control over the flow of prana throughout the body by the application of certain methods and techniques achieved through the regulation of physical breathing.
A – MUKHA BASTRIKA PRANAYAMA (Yogic Cleansing Breath)
• How to do it:
Sit in Vajra Asana. Inhale fully through both the nostrils. Then exhale forcibly in a rapid succession of expulsions through your mouth. As you exhale bend forward and touch the ground with your forehead. When you feel like berating in left your head up. Do this for 3 to 5 times.
• Benefits
1. Very useful in ventilating and cleansing the wind pipe and lungs.
2. Stimulates the cells and gives a general tone to the respiratory organs.
B – UJJAYI PRANAYAMA (success Pranayama)
• How to do it:
Sit in Vajra Asana. Bring your chin down and touch the collarbone. Breath in breath out.
• Benefits
1. Relieves coughing, aerates the lungs, removes phlegm, soothes the nerves and tones the entire nervous system.
2. Through this Pranayama one is able to have more intake of prana.
3. Highly beneficial for persons suffering from high blood pressure. They can do it in reclining position.
4. Temperature of fever can be reduced.
5. Higher intake of prana
C – NADI SHODHANA PRANAYAMA (Alternate Breath Pranayama)
• How to do it:
Sit in Vajra Asana. The thumb and ring finger of the right hand should gently touch each side of the nose. The index and middle finger should be kept on the forehead.
Inhale left nostril 3 counts- inner retention 6 counts -  breathe out right 6 counts- outer retention 3 counts- breathe in right 3 counts- inner retention 6 counts- breath out left 6 counts- outer retention 3 counts. This is 1 round. You can have 5 to 10 rounds.
• Benefits
1. Brings calmness and tranquility and purifies nadis.
2. Due to alternate breathing the flow of prana in the  ida and pingala nadis is equalised.
3. The blood system is purified and the blood receives a larger supply of oxygen than in normal breathing.
4. Breathing through left nostril activates the right hemisphere of the brain, which is the seat of intuition and creativity.
5. Breathing through right nostril stimulates the left hemisphere of the brain which is the domain of logical reasoning and routine thinking
6. Makes full utilization of the mental faculties.
D. KAPALABATTI  PRANAYAMA ( Brain stimulating Pranayama)
• How to do it:
Sit in Vajra Asana. Close fists of both hands with the thumb inside and place them on the thighs touching each others.
Inhale in mild, slow, long manner and exhale quickly and forcibly by contracting abdominal muscles. There is no retention in this pranayama. This should be continuously without any break.
• Benefits
1.  It cleanses the skull portion
2. Activates the brain cells.
3. Improves memory and intelligence
4. Purifies the respiratory system and nasal passages.
5. Asthma is relieved.
6. Removes all bronchial problems
7. Carbon dioxide is eliminated 
E. BANDHATREYE PRANAYAMA (Preserve excess Prnayama )
• How to do it:
Sit in Vajra Asana- breath in deeply – hold the breath and do Jalandra, Mula Bandas and Utyana Banda. Stay in this possession – when you feel like breathing out take your chin up and exhale. Do this for 10 to 15 rounds.
• Benefits
1. Brings strength and vitality.
2. Preserves excess prana in the solar plexus.
3. Enables the excess prana to be utilized in times of need.
4. Constant practice of this pranayama will enable one to lead healthy life all his life.

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