Pranayama is not simply exhalation, retention and inhalation. It is more than a simple breathing exercise and must be practiced systematically. While doing Pranayam body metabolism under goes a change.
"Prana"means Vital Energy/Life Force, "ayama" means extension or expansion. Pranayama utilizes breathing to influence the flow of prana in the Nadi/Energy Channels.
How Breathing Effect Our Emotions
Sources of emotions are complex. Emotions are frequently linked to 'old memories' and unconscious beliefs and attitudes. But these emotional responses can be easily managed by ourselves through BREATHING.
How To Evoke Joy Through BREATHING
Breathe and exhale slowly and deeply through nose,so that your breathing is very regular & your ribcage relaxed.
•Deep slow breathing into the belly is strong medicine for anxiety,fear and anger.
•In the midst of strong emotions, the 'breathing of joy' can loosen the grip of anger, fear & depression.
•"Deep Belly breathing" suits frayed nerves and stills your racing mind. It can be utilised to great effect at times of 'Stress'.
TWO BEST PRANAYAMA TECHNIQUES TO CONTROL ANXIETY!
•Sahitha Kumbhaka Pranayam -How to practice
-Inhale slowly, hold for few moments and then exhale slowly and again hold for few moments (like 5counts initially, try to extend upto 8 counts).
•Nadi Sodhana Pranayama - How to Practice
-Close your right nostril with your right thumb and slowly inhale through left nostril. Hold for few moments after inhaling, now close your left nostril with your ring finger , exhale the breath through right nostril slowly. Repeat this for few rounds.
Things to notice during the practice
•Breathing : Always breathe through the nose & not with mouth.
•Time of practice : Best time to practice is during EARLY MORNING or another good Time is just After Sunset.
•Place of practice & Sitting Position : Quite clean & pleasant room which is well ventilated.
-Any comfortable sitting posture with erect spine .
•Empty stomach : 3-4 hours after meal or with empty stomach.