TheLoneRider.com Wednesday December 13, 2017 EST 
a nomad in search of...
HOME PAGE About TheLoneRider Contact TheLoneRider Web TheLoneRider.com      
HOME PAGE
DESTINATIONS
Cambodia Canada France Hong Kong Indonesia Italy Laos Malaysia Monaco Myanmar Philippines Singapore Switzerland Thailand Vietnam USA
ACTIVITIES
Astral Projection Caving Fitness Freediving Kayaking Meditation Mountain Biking Mountaineering Rafting Rock Climbing Scuba Diving Snowboarding Surfing Traveling Yoga
REVIEWS
Book Review Gear Review Hotel Review Movie Review Restaurant Review
MISC
Art Chilling Out Cool Sites Community Counter Culture Food Odyssey best food recipes Lucid Thoughts Peoplescape Politics Print Media Quantum Mechanics Random Lives Showbiz Snapshot Slice of Life Thought Bubble Teaching Verbatim Wealth Building
WEB SERVICES
SEO Services Web Design Services Advertising Here

Yoga

Pranayama Oct 24, 2016

Pranayama

(I will be updating this blog if and when I find compelling information about Pranayama as I deepen my practice -- TheLoneRider)

Glossary

  • pranayama - in yoga, it is the exercise of regulating the breath - the inhalation, exhalation and the breath-holds
  • kumbhaka - a type of pranayama where you hold the breath - either on the inhale (antara kumbhaka) or on the exhale (bahya kumbhaka)
  • asana - the physical yoga pose
  • nadi - these are the energy channels within the psychic body, responsible for energy (prana) distribution. Analogy - an intricate road system within a city
  • surya - sun, masculine, high energy
  • chandra - moon, feminine, recovery and healing
  • bhedan - penetration
  • bhastrika - bellows
  • prana - the life energy that permeates our universe. Other cultures call it 'chi' or 'qi'.

Human Shelf life
In the Indian culture, the longevity of a human life is predetermined by the number of breaths taken in a lifetime - not the number of years (e.g. - a boy is born with a pre-ordained 2 million breaths. If he uses up those 2 million breaths in 30 years, his life will end at age 30). This is a powerful statement because it means you can extend your life by regulating the breath (if this boy slows down his breathing or holds it between inhalation and exhalation to a point he uses up 2 million breaths in 31 years, then he extends his life by 1 year).

Nadis
Nadis are energy channels within our psychic body. Like capillaries, they form an intricate matrix (or road system) throughout the body for energy distribution. It is said there are 72,000 nadis in the human body. Prana is distributed in our system through the nadis. If the nadis are blocked, prana cannot flow through - that is when sickness occurs. Example - if the nadis in our kidneys are blocked, prana or the life energy cannot enter our kidney. We begin to suffer kidney failure or kidney disease in the process. Through pranayama (and asana), we clear the blockages in the nadis and allow the free-flow of prana and this restores the body back to health.

Prana
Contrary to popular belief, prana is NOT just in the air we breathe, although it is affected by our breath. We already have prana within our system. Prana can be exercised and strengthened in the same way we exercise our muscles by lifting weights. Our prana is what keeps us alive. Prana is a sheath around the body, extending to 12 inches outside the physical body. The more we breathe, the more we use up prana. The less we breathe, like while being in a meditative state, we more we conserve our prana and thus extend our life. Pranayama should be done at least 4 hours after the last meal.

Superman Effect
Breathing sounds so simple it's almost dismissive - we breathe day-in and day-out, so what's special about it? Out of curiosity back in Feb 2008, I toyed with pranayama as I was reading a Sivananda Yoga book. After doing it for half a day, I experienced what I would call the superman-effect. It gave me a first-hand account of just how powerful this exercise is. Since that epiphany, pranayama has always been a part of my yoga practice. I follow my asanas with pranayama then meditation. I feel that those three in combination provide a synergistic effect that asana alone cannot deliver. I also integrate such combination whenever I conduct a yoga class, even abbreviating the asana portion just to accommodate the pranayama and meditation within a one hour session.

Caution
Pranayama is a double-edged sword and thus need to be done with caution or done with someone who understands pranayama. I would liken it to fire. If you know what you are doing, the fire can cook your food. If you don't know what you're doing, it will burn your house down...and even burn you.

Pranayama
Simon Borg-Olivier doing pranayama

Types of Pranayama
slow, thin and deep nose breathing only unless specified otherwise
do this on an empty stomach
ensure you are seated comfortably with sit bones centered and a straight back

  1. Nadi Shodhana (alternate nose breathing - other texts say this is the same as Lom Anulom Vilom)
    Method: long and thin breathing. Cover the right nostril and breathe-in to the left. Hold as long as you can. Close the left nostril and exhale slowly on the right nostril. Hold as long as you can. Breathe-in to the right nostril. Hold as long as you can. Exhale slowly on the left nostril. Hold as long as you can. Repeat for 5 minutes.
    Effect: clears the energy channels
    Benefits: purifies the blood and respiratory system, balances left and right brain
    For Whom: for everyone
  2. Kapalabhati (forceful exhalation)
    Method: forceful and rapid exhalation by contracting the abdomen
    Benefits: weight loss, strengthens the body by forcing more prana into the system
    For Whom: for people who want to lose weight, fortify their body, making it resistant to disease
  3. Surya Bhedan (right nose breathing)
    Method: breathing on the right nostril only
    Effect: activates the sympathetic nervous system - fight or flight for energy surge
    Benefits: increases energy levels and makes you full of life
    For Whom: for people who are down, lethargic or suffering from depression
  4. Chandra Bhedan (left nose breathing)
    Method: breathe on the left nostril only
    Effect: activates the para-sympathetic nervous system - recovery, relaxation and healing
    Benefits: slows down the energy flow, relaxes the mind and calms the body
    For Whom: for people who are stressed and agitated. For people who want to fall asleep (for insomniacs)
  5. Lom Anulom Vilom (alternate nose breathing w/o the breath hold)
    Method: cover the right nostril and breathe-in to the left. Short pause. Close the left nostril and exhale slowly on the right nostril. Short pause. Breathe-in to the right nostril. Short pause. Exhale slowly on the left nostril. Short pause. Repeat for 5 minutes.
    Benefits: balances the energy levels in the body and mind
    For Whom: for everyone
  6. Surya Bhastrika (rapid and forceful inhalation and exhalation on the right nostril - other texts would have it as a right nostril inhalation but left nostril exhalation)
    Method: close the left nostril then rapid and forceful inhalation and exhalation on the right nostril. Sustain without straining. Last inhalation, hold the breath and chin tuck for as long as you can. Then tilt the head up and resume normal breath.
    Benefits: fills up with energy and vitality
    For Whom: for people who need to be energized, for people who are sad, forlorn and feeling down
  7. Chandra Bhastrika (rapid and forceful inhalation and exhalation on the left nostril - other texts would have it as a left nostril inhalation but right nostril exhalation)
    Method: close the right nostril then rapid and forceful inhalation and exhalation on the left nostril. Sustain without straining. Last inhalation, hold the breath and chin tuck for as long as you can. Then tilt the head up and resume normal breath.
    Benefits: calms the mind and relaxes the body
    For Whom: helps people go to sleep and calm down
  8. Surya Chandra Bhastrika (alternate rapid and forceful inhalation and exhalation)
    Method: close the right nostril then rapid and forceful inhalation on the left nostril. Close the left nostril followed by rapid and forceful exhalation then inhalation on the right nostril. Close the right nostril followed by rapid and forceful exhalation then inhalation on the left nostril. Repeat for 5 minutes. Last inhalation, hold the breath and chin tuck for as long as you can. Then tilt the head up and resume normal breath.
    Benefits: balances and energizes the body and mind
    For Whom: for everyone
  9. Bhastrika (rapid and forceful inhalation and exhalation on both nostrils)
    Method: rapid and forceful inhalation and exhalation on both nostrils
    Benefits: energizes the body and boosts memory power
    For Whom: for everyone
  10. Ujjayi (deep and steady breathing that rubs behind the throat and produces an audible hissing sound)
    Method: long, thin, deep and steady breathing that rubs behind the throat and produces an audible hissing sound
    Benefits: reduces stress and calms mind
    For Whom: for everyone
  11. Shitali (tongue between teeth inhale)
    Method: mouth inhale while tongue is lightly pressed between teeth, and exhaling to the nose
    Benefits: lowers body temperature
    For Whom: for people who need to cool down due to hot temperature
  12. Shitkari (rolled tongue between teeth inhale)
    Method: mouth inhale while tongue is rolled lengthwise, holding the breath with a chin-tuck and exhaling to the nose
    Benefits: cools the body
    For Whom: for people who are sweating a lot and need to cool down
  13. Bhramari (bee sound)
    Method: thumbs on the ears and the rest of the fingers covering the eyes, inhale to the nose and make a bee humming sound on the exhale
    Benefits: clears the mind and improves hearing, instantly calms the mind down
    For Whom: for people who are agitated and irritated, reduces blood pressure
  14. Murchha (loud exhale through the mouth)
    Method: nose inhale and loud exhale through the mouth
    Benefits: gives glow to skin, increases stamina, reduces stress
    For Whom: for people who want good skin

Ending Thoughts
I find it fascinating that this reservoir of immense power is free and readily accessible. But I remain baffled that people still subscribe to medication and pills to find artificial strength and vigor. My gratitude to the ancients for preserving this powerful technique and sharing it to the free world at large. Who would have thought that the mundane breathing, when properly executed and regulated, could be so powerful? Pranayama is perhaps the most under-rated thing on the planet now.



--- TheLoneRider

ps - If you want me to participate and write about your yoga studio or your yoga practice, email me. For my complete yoga profile, you can visit this page: Yoga by Gigit

Pranayama Blogs by TheLoneRider

  1. Pranayama Oct 24, 2016
  2. Ananda Mandala Meditation by Punnu Wasu at The Yoga Barn Jul 4/5, 2016
  3. The Zen Ride to Banguitan, Besao Feb 6, 2008
  4. Pranayama Jan 30, 2008

Yoga-Sequence Series

Facebook Users

Reader Comments:

Rosel Doval SantosRosel Doval Santos
(Oct 24, 2016) The article warns of the dangers of the misuse of pranayama. It suggests the need for guidance. The focus of yoga is enlightenment, not the physical body. We should not lose sight of that. A friend of mine became afflicted with heart disease after wrongful application of pranayama. Yet those who know,!use it to insulate consciousness from the vibrations of the outside world in the pursuit of higher yoga. Shanti.

Oct 24, 2016

Google Map Davao City, Philippines

tourist attractions in Davao City tourist attractions hotels in Davao City - hotel van rental in Davao City van rental
  • Apollo Van Rental Apollo Van Rental - Davao City tour, Samal Island tour, airport transfer
    0925.500.3211 | suki_tac@yahoo.com
yoga in Davao City yoga | health | fitness food tour in Davao City tour food in Davao City resto | cafes in Davao City cafe autism in Davao City advocacy

Great Things Going for Davao City

  • one of the cleanest potable water in the country
  • smoking is banned from commercial establishments
  • pineapple samurais are endemic here and nowhere else in the country (pineapple vendors who cut-up whole pineapples into chunks with just a few strokes of their carving knives)
  • public utility drivers conspicuously display their IDs
  • durian Mecca of the Philippines (not to mention Marang, Mangosteen and Sweet Pomelo)
  • you want to add some more? please submit on the form below

Not So Great Things Going Against Davao City

  • the weighing scale of fruit vendors specially the durian push cart vendors are a blatant cheat - showing almost twice the actual weight

Davao Related Articles

Davao City Travel Information



»» back to Yoga
»» back to Homepage

ARCHIVE: 2017 | JAN| FEB | MAR | APR | MAY | JUN | JUL | AUG | SEP | OCT | NOV | DEC

2000 | 2001 | 2002 | 2003 | 2004 | 2005 | 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | ALL BLOGS



Davao Hotels

Hotels

Davao hotel
One Oasis Davao



Davao hotel
Alu Hotel Davao
Davao hotel
Urban Living Zen Hotel



Davao hotel
The Apo View Hotel
Davao hotel
The Pinnacle Hotel and Suites



Davao hotel
The Royal Mandaya Hotel
Davao City hotel
Bahay ni Tuding
Inn and Resto



Davao hotel
North Zen Basic Spaces

Health and Fitness

Davao hotel
Lounge One
Yoga Davao
Davao Yoga, gym, spa, salon
Holiday Gym & Spa
gym | spa | yoga
massage | salon
Alveo Herbal
Alveo Herbal
cleanse the body
boost immune system
Lucy Rivero
T 0917.660.9529
 

Food and Coffee

Davao Pampanga cooking
Bistro ni Tuding
Davao restaurant
Le Cafe Bar & Grill Restaurant
Mel's Davao Food Tour
Mel's Davao Food Tour
Davao hotel
FROG Kaffee
 

Advocacy

Van Rental

Davao Autism
Shine Life Skills Center
Davao hotel
Cinematheque Davao
Davao hotel
Apollo Van Rental
 





Davao City

Hotels
hotel accommodation
hotel accommodation
in a condo unit


Davao Hotel
central downtown location
Davao Hotel


Davao Hotel
heart of downtown
Davao City Hotel


Davao Hotel
newly opened
all NEW!
Davao Hotel


Davao Hotel
great rooms at affordable prices
Davao Hotel


Davao Hotel
old world charm
Davao's iconic hotel
Davao Hotel


Davao Hotel
central location
new management
newly renovated
Davao Hotel


Davao Hotel
Family-Owned and Managed
Davao Hotel



Van Rental
Davao Van Rental
Apollo Van Rental
Davao City tour
Samal Island tour
airport transfer


Resto / Cafe
Davao Resto Cafe
Gerry's Picks
Pampanga Dishes


Davao Resto / Cafe
budget meals, payday dinner buffet
Davao Resto / Cafe


Mel's Davao Food Tour
Mel's Davao Food Tour

Davao Cafe
fresh roasted coffee in small batches
FROG Kaffee


Health & Fitness
Davao Yoga
yoga & pilates
Davao Yoga


Davao Yoga, gym, spa, salon
Holiday Gym & Spa
gym | spa | yoga
massage | salon


Davao Wellness
Alveo Herbal Drink
cleanse the body
strengthen the immune system
Lucy Rivero
T 0917.660.9529


Advocacy
Davao Autism
a home for 13+ with Autism, Down Syndrome, Mental Disorders and Disabilites

Cinema
Davao Cinema
venue for classic and contemporary Filipino films
Davao Cinema






Subscribe

TheLoneRider