Importance of Pranayama – Part1


4th Limb in “Eights Steps or Limbs of yoga” is pranayama

  1. Yama
  2. Niyama
  3. Asana
  4. Pranayama
  5. Pratyahara
  6. Dharana
  7. Dhyana
  8. Samadhi

The first action of Human is “Inhalation” and the last action is to Exhale.  So our Life exists between this Inhalation & Exhalation.

The Ultimate purpose of Yoga is to Meditate or to experience Samadhi. Most of the yoga practitioners are confined to Yoga Poses and hence they don’t cross the 3rd Limb (Asana) of Astanga Yoga. Pranayama plays a vital role for sincere students who want to experience meditation and samadhi.

Many men and women hold their stomach muscles because flat stomach is considered attractive. Due to this, they don’t breath properly and the breath becomes Shallow. Shallow breathing does not allow the diaphragm to move properly. Deep abdominal breathing reduces the heartbeat & stabilizes blood pressure.

Written by Ashok, Founder of Bodhi Wellness & Bodhi Yoga Academy