If you've ever taken classes in meditation or hatha yoga, then chances are you've heard the word “pranayama” mentioned at some point or another. Other similar terms include “breath control”, “pranic breathing”, “yoga breathing”, and “energy expansion.” Whatever the case, they're generally referring to the same thing. Prana is the Sanskrit word for “breath” or “life force”, but it can also mean “vital energy”, as well as “spirit.” Ayama means “to extend” or “to draw out”, though it can also mean “restraint”, “control”, or even “stopping”, in some cases.
There are proven mental, emotional, and physical rewards for those who practice pranayama. The relationship between breath and the autonomic nervous system has long been understood by doctors. The same applies to the breath's relationship to digestion, respiration, heart rate, brain function, sexual arousal, and so much more.
This audiobook will teach you how to practice numerous specific breath control exercises on your own. Although pranayama is usually practiced together with hatha yoga, martial arts, and meditation, it can also stand on its own because of its many benefits, which will also be presented in this book. You can take what you learn from this book into your regular yoga practice, meditation exercises, or simply use these exercises for a mental pause and recovery whenever needed.