As I mentioned in my previous blog post, the way I begin my morning has a huge impact on how the rest of my day turns out. So I make sure I begin my day on a positive note.
As I was looking into various practices suggested by the ancient Indian texts, the one thing that was stressed upon for a good, healthy & balanced life is the practice of Pranayam or Deep Breathing.
Pranayam is a Sanskrit word that can be broken into ‘Prana’ & ‘Ayama’. Prana means ‘Life Force’ & Ayama is to extend. The Practice of Pranayam has a lot of benefits. It creates a steady a controlled mind, Reduces Depression, Cleanses Lungs, Improves the Lymphatic system, cleanses tissues, improves digestion & if practiced regularly over a period of time cures diseases.
After learning how to practice the Pranayam exercises, I decided to include them in my morning routine. After offering (Arghya) water to the sun god, I started practicing Pranayam.
After practicing Pranayam for about 2 weeks now, I cannot go without it even for a day now. It feels so fresh, alert & light after you have done it. My energy levels have improved significantly & so has my concentration. It does make a difference!
Rules for Practicing Pranayam.
a) It needs to be practiced on an empty stomach.
b) In the beginning start with a 5 minute practice.
c) Never overdo it.
d) Consult with a doctor before beginning any new exercise form.
Doing my Pranayams is my favorite thing to do in the morning now. If you are physically fit, You should definitely try it out.
Here are the links of 2 basic Pranayams that I practice everyday.
For those who already practice it, let me know how you like it in the comments section!