Yoga therapy refers to the treatment of diseases through yogic exercises which may be physical, mental or both. The physical exercises in yoga consist of kriyas (procedures), asanas (postures) and pranayamas (breathing exercises). In this article, we will talk about pranayamas which are focused on improving respiratory health.
Pranayama is derived from the Sanskrit word Prana which means ‘vital force or energy in the body’ and Ayama which means ‘control’. Breath is the external manifestation of this vital force and so, pranayama means ‘control of breath’. By controlling one’s breathing, one can achieve a healthy body and mind.
There are many types of pranayamas and all are beneﬁcial for respiratory health. In this article, we will focus on one of the more common types — Anuloma-Viloma or Alternate Nostril Breathing. In alternate nostril breathing, one inhales through right and exhales through left then inhales through left and exhales through the right nostril. This puriﬁes both the right (sun principle or body) and left (moon principle or mind) nostrils and brings balance to body and mind.
This completes one round of Anulom-Vilom. Repeat the entire process, initially for 1-3 minutes and slowly build up to 5-10 minutes. In practicing pranayama, try to achieve a ratio of 1:2 for inhaling and exhaling, i.e. exhalation time should ideally be double of inhalation time. Initially, you can start with an equal ratio and slowly and gradually build up to 1:2.
This is the first level of Anulom-Vilom. The next level of Anulom-Vilom Pranayama called Nadi shodhana includes retention of breath as well. Retention of breath is a very important process. The ancient texts on yoga say that retention of air, increases the level of prana (energy) in the body, also it regulates the ﬂow of pranic energy throughout the body.
This completes one round of Nadi shodhana pranayama. Repeat the entire process for about 5 minutes, to begin with, and then slowly increase your duration to up to 15 minutes. Initially, start with an equal duration for inhalation, retention, and exhalation and slowly build up to an ideal ratio of 1:4:2 (1 count inhalation, 4 counts retention and 2 counts exhalation).
Disclaimer: All content found on our website, including images, videos, infographics and text were created solely for informational purposes. Our content should never be used for the purpose of diagnosis or treatment of any medical conditions. Content shared on our websites is not meant to be used as a substitute for advice from a certified medical professional. Reliance on the information provided on our website as a basis for patient treatment is solely at your own risk. We urge all our customers to always consult a physician or a certified medical professional before trying or using a new medical product.
Ashima Goyal Siraj, has been a Health Products For You contributor since 2017. Her favorite quote is “Let Food be Thy Medicine” by Hippocrates – clearly, she believes in the food-body connection ...
When traditional oral intake is not feasible, enteral feeding comes into play. It supports nutritional needs of individuals recovering from an injury or surgery. Dive into this informative article and learn what, when, why, and how of enteral feeding and ensure optimal patient care.
Looking for a non-invasive option to manage carpal tunnel symptoms? Experience relief from constant tingling and pain with this Carpal Solution Wrist Support. Read this article to know about the unique features and benefits of this wrist support brace designed to deal with CTS and find why it is one of the most reliable wrist braces available on the market.
Need an effective and affordable nebulizer? Look no further, in this article we offer 5 of our best reviewed nebulizers that are loved by our customers. Click to read more and find the perfect nebulizer for all your respiratory needs.
Worried about nighttime leaks? Say goodbye to leakage with our ten best overnight adult diapers and wake up refreshed and dry.
Neck pain can wreak havoc on your otherwise healthy life. Traction device improves your cervical health and overall well-being. Read more to find our best cervical traction devices designed to curb the stiffness and discomfort of cervical muscles.