Proper breathing (Pranayama)
2. Proper breathing (Pranayama)
Breathing circulates energy
Proper breathing connects the body to its battery, the solar plexus, which is an enormous reservoir of energy. The breathing techniques of pranayama set this energy in motion and revitalise both body and mind. By consciously regulating our breath, we're able to store more prana (life energy) and draw on these energy reserves in our daily life.
Learning to breathe...
Most people use only a small portion of their lung capacity when breathing. They breathe into the upper chest with hunched shoulders, leading to a lack of oxygen and tension in the upper back and the neck. Deep and conscious abdominal breathing is an effective way to conquer stress and depression. A person with lots of prana radiates strength and vitality.
The secret of healing
By controlling prana we gain control over the mind. Many diseases can be nipped in the bud simply by regulating prana: that's the secret of healing. Acupuncture, Shiatsu, mental healing, the laying on of hands etc. are all examples of conscious or unconscious control of prana developed to a high degree.