Pranayama is a Sanskrit word meaning "extension of the breath" or "extension of the life force". The word is composed of two Sanskrit words: "Prana", life force, or vital energy, (noted particularly as the breath), and "Yama", to extend or draw out. It is a yogic discipline with origins in ancient India.
Bhastrika is one of the most important pranayamas. It is a very mysterious pranayama and not much is known about it. However, many believe that it is a combination of Kapalbhati & Anulom Vilom pranayama. It is a breathing technique where breathing is forcible and through the nose, with equal time for inhalation and exhalation. Bhastrika Pranayama is aimed at keeping the inhalation cycle equal to exhalation, yet making breath deeper and longer. Deep breath inwards and long exhalation outwards with equal time intervals constitutes this pranayama technique.
Be seated in a comfortable posture. Padmasana (crossed leg) and Vajrasana are the ideal yoga postures to practice pranayama. Place your hands on your knees. Feel relaxed. Focus on your breathing pattern and be relaxed.
Kapalbhati is an important part of Shatkarma, the yogic system of body cleansing techniques. The word kapalbhati is made up of two words: Kapal meaning 'skull' and Bhati meaning 'shining, illuminating.' Due to the process, the organs in and under the skull mainly the brain, small brain and any of the spaces inside the head that are connected to the back of the nose (sinus) are influenced in a good manner. Hence, the word is used in that way. It is intended mainly for cleaning the cranial sinuses but has many other effects including curing anemia, according to the Gheranda Samhita and other sources. The Technique of Kapalabhati involves short and strong forceful exhalations and inhalation happens automatically.
Anulom Vilom (Alternate Nostril Breathing) is one of the most effective pranayama (breathing exercises) to purify the mind and body. Anulom Vilom offers benefits in curing most of the internal body conditions and is very useful in releasing stress and anxiety. Anulom Vilom pranayama can be performed by people of all ages. It will help to practice this breathing exercise in a peaceful place like near a river or in a garden with plenty of greeneries.
The general rules of kapalbhati are as follow:
We can perform anulom vilom by following different steps. They are;
During kapalbhati the organs in and under the skull mainly the brain, small brain and any of the spaces inside the head that are connected to the back of the nose (sinus) are influenced in a good manner.
Pranayama is a Sanskrit word meaning "______".
shrinking of the breath
contraction of the breath
shortening of the breath
extension of the breath
______ is aimed at keeping the inhalation cycle equal to exhalation, yet making breath deeper and longer.
Anulom Vilom is also called ______.
ultimate nostril breathing
alternate nostril breathing
bothway nostril breathing
In which asana you have to cross your leg?
In ______, have your thumb tips and index finger meeting, with the wrists resting gently on the knees and the palms turned slightly upwards.