Lengthen the breath. In Sanskrit, Pranayama is the control and extension of your life force, but in yoga, it more practically refers to breath work. Scientific research has shown that Pranayama techniques help treat stress and asthma, as well as improve lung function and autonomic functions (things like heart rate, digestion, respiration and sexual arousal). Pranayama yogis share that that their practice helps develop a steady mind, strong will-power, enhanced perception and sound judgment – even longer life.
simple techniques of Prana-sadhna and Meditation . It would be taught in a scientific manner. Though these practices have their effects in a combined way, the practices would be different for different groups, appropriate to the disease or infirmity like backache, hypertension etc. when done in a scientific improving the movements in different joints, to make body more agile, to improve micro-circulation in different organs and to bring relaxation in a combined tensed up body and mind. But more than this, it improves the awareness of a person about how to use the body and mind throughout the day, so that it does not contribute in one’s state of ill-health.
Once Divine mother ask to LordShiva for kali yuga :- 1. Oh lord what is a great austerity (Tapa) in kali yuga(dark age) ? 2. what is a great power .(maha Bala)? 3.what is a greatachievement (Sidhi)?
Lord said: 1. Paranayama cha maha tapa. 2.Kumbhak balam maha bala, 3. Bindu sidhim maha sidhitam kem sidhi bhu-tale …….om.
pranayamaPranayama is limbs of yoga According to Patanjali, the path of internal purification for revealing the Universal Self consists of the following eight spiritual practices:
Yama [moral codes] Niyama [self-purification and study] Asana [posture] Pranayama [breath control] Pratyahara [sense control] Dharana [concentration] Dhyana [meditation] Samadhi [absorption into the Universal] (Scott 14-17) Pranayama – (From Hatha Yoga and Ashtanga Yoga)
“Pranayama is control of Breath”. “Prana” is Breath or vital energy in the body. On subtle levels prana represents the pranic energy responsible for life or life force, and “ayama” means control. So Pranayama is “Control of Breath”. One can control the rhythms of pranic energy with pranayama and achieve healthy body and mind.