Types of pranayama: 8 best pranayama techniques

Pranayama benefits and steps
Effective Pranayama Benifits

Literally, Pranayama means breath-control. In Sanskrit, pran means life force and ayama means way. Pranayama or breathing techniques help you regulate your system, alter your mood and offer longevity. The main aspects of pranayama are inhalation, exhalation and retention. Pranayama always begins with inhalations and exhalations. This strengthens the lungs and balances the nervous system, preparing the body to hold the breath [retention]. Practising pranayama on a regular basis regulates energy flow to the 72 thousand nadis [channels through which consciousness flows] in our body, helping us improve our wellbeing.

TYPES OF PRANAYAMA
There are about 50 different pranayamas described in the Vedas. In this article, we describe eight most common and significant ones:

CHANDRABHEDAN

METHOD

Sit in a meditative pose or in a comfortable position on the floor
Keep your back straight and shoulders relaxed
Close your right nostril with the right hand thumb
Inhale from the left nostril
Close the left nostril with the right hand index and middle fingers
Exhale from the right nostril.
This completes one round of Chandrabhedan pranayama. You can gradually do up to 20 rounds.

BENEFIT OF CHANDRABHEDAN PRANAYAMA:

Cools the body and cures heartburn
WHO SHOULD AVOID

Avoid this pranayama if you suffer from low blood pressure. Note: This pranayama is to be done only during summer.

PRACTISING PRANAYAMA ON A REGULAR BASIS REGULATES ENERGY FLOW TO THE 72 THOUSAND NADIS IN OUR BODY

SURYABHEDAN

METHOD

Sit in a meditative pose or in a comfortable posture
Close your left nostril with your index and middle finger of the right hand
Inhaling from your right nostril
Close the right nostril with your right hand thumb
Exhale through the left nostril.
This completes one round of Suryabhedan pranayama. You can gradually do up to 20 rounds.

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BENEFITS OF SURYABHEDAN PRANAYAMA

Increases body heat and energy levels
Improves digestion
Purifies blood
Delays ageing.
WHO SHOULD AVOID

Avoid doing this pranayama if you suffer from acidity, hypertension or heart problems
It is to be done only during winter.
ANULOM-VILOM

METHOD

Sit in a comfortable balanced meditative pose.
Use the right hand thumb to close your right nostril.
Inhale from the left nostril.
Close your left nostril with your right hand’s index and middle fingers
Exhale from the right nostril.
Do the reverse: inhale with the right nostril.
Close your right nostril with your right hand thumb.
Exhale with the left nostril.
This is one round of Anulom-Vilom.

BENEFITS OF ANULOM-VILOM:

Balancing body temperature
Relieving stress
Cleansing the nadis in your body
Improving blood circulation
Promoting longevity.
REMEMBER

While practising Anulom-Vilom, you must breathe into your lungs and not into your stomach. It can be done the year round and by every one.

BHASTRIKA

METHOD

Sit in a meditative pose or in a comfortable position on the floor.
Keep the back straight and shoulder muscles relaxed.
Close the right nostril with your right thumb and bring your right elbow to the level of right shoulder.
Close your eyes. Inhale and exhale through left nostril—first slowly, then a little faster
Do the above steps about 20 – 25 times.
Take a long breath in and retain it for as long as possible
This is one round of Bhastrika pranayama. Now, repeat this round by closing your left nostril and breathing through your right nostril.

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