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Saturday, October 04, 2014
The Benefits Of Teaching Pranayama
By Faye Martins
Pranayama is an essential component in the practice of yoga. It is occasionally called "breathing yoga" because a large part of it deals with instructing students about the various methods of breathing control. It is common for pranayama to be combined with other important elements of yoga. Postures referred to as asanas are frequently taught together with pranayama. This is done because they both are essential to master in order for a student to develop a solid yoga routine. A person can also become more in touch with their body through these practices. Here are a few of the primary benefits of teaching pranayama:
1. Longer Life
For over 2,000 years, the philosophy of yoga has taught that the length of a person's life is directly connected to their rate of breathing. Therefore, if a person can master the control of their breathing rate and lower it by using pranayama, they will have a significant chance of living a longer life. The tortoise is an example that practitioners of yoga often mention to their students. A tortoise can live for more than 100 years, yet it only takes an average of five breaths each minute.
2. Lower Breathing Rate
The techniques involving breathing that are part of the practice of pranayama can enable a student to learn to control their rate of breathing. They will be able to breathe slower and deeper than they were able to previously. Pranayama students can often reduce their breathing rate from 15 breaths every minute to as few as five breaths every minute. Your heart rate will naturally become lower when you reduce your breathing rate. This will enable easier transition into a meditative state. It will also reduce the rate of wear and tear that is placed on your body's organs. There will be a reduction in blood pressure, which will lead to a lower amount of stress on your body.
3. Improved Heart Health
The average heart in a human beats 100,000 times every day. Having a healthy heart is critical to living for a long time. Pranayama breathing exercises are capable of raising the blood's level of oxygen. When this happens, more oxygen is able to reach the heart's muscles. This increases the heart's strength and enables it to pump blood in a more efficient manner.
4. Improved Blood Circulation
Freshly oxygenated blood travels from the lungs towards the heart when a person breathes. After the heart pumps it, arteries and blood vessels carry it throughout the body. The blood will begin to seep into the body's tissues and cells. Pranayama breathing techniques can improve blood circulation in the students who learn them.
5. Organs Function Better
- The functioning of the autonomic system is improved, enabling the heart, kidneys, diaphragm, pancreas, abdomen, lungs and intestines to function with less stress and greater efficiency.
- Digestive system efficiency is greatly improved. Digestive organ problems do not happen often.
- Increased levels of oxygen will be provided to every organ in the body. An efficient removal of toxins will occur. This will help to prevent the forming of diseases. Pranayama can also increase the strength of the immune system.
6. Improved Sleep
Many people suffer from insomnia. Problems caused by work, relationships and family are often to blame for this. A peaceful and meditative state can be reached through the use of pranayama, enabling a person to sleep better.
Faye Martins, is a Yoga teacher and a graduate of the Yoga teacher training program at: Aura Wellness Center in, Attleboro, MA