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The Power Of Pranayama

Updated: Oct 23, 2023

When we consciously change the way we breathe our body responds by sending a signal to the brain to adjust the parasympathetic branch of the nervous system, which can slow our heart rate, promote feelings of calmness, improve digestion and bring the sympathetic system into balance, controlling the release of stress hormones. The breath is our connection to body and infinite energy. The breath is one of the most powerful tools for physical and emotional balance. With so many challenges experienced in life, it is important to create a solid foundation to build upon. With a beginning practice of breathing or in yogic terminology, pranayama, we can elevate ourselves to higher state of awareness, which enables us to heal, grow, and expand.

As with any self-care practice, the most important way to learn if the practice is useful and helpful for you is to experience it for yourself.

So, I invite you to give it a try: Place one hand on your lower abdomen and the other upon your chest. Take a slow, deep breath through your nose. Allow your abdomen to expand and your lungs to fill as you inhale to a count of 4. Now, as you exhale, blow out through your mouth or exhale fully through your nose to a count of 4, 5 or 6. Feel the sensation of your stomach contract, and then release. Repeat this for three to five minutes to revitalize your body. You can start with even inhalations and exhalations and progressively work up to longer inhalations with even lengthier exhalations.

The best way to live through life is to breathe through it.


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