PRANAYAMA

LIFE FORCE

prana yamaThe Sanskrit term pranayama is derived from prana (“life force”) and yama (“restraint”). It refers to specific yoga exercises designed to control the flow of the breath. Through pranayama the breath can be made to run deeper and more smoothly, and at different tempos. It can also be directed into and out of specific parts of the body. Many practitioners use pranayama to improve their health. However, in the Indian yoga context within which pranayama evolved, it has primarily been a means of preparing the body for prolonged and deep meditation.

 

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