Welcome to “Surya Bhedana Pranayama” with Manjula Paul, owner of Utrecht Ayurveda. Today, we’ll explore the practice of pranayama, an ancient technique of breath control that enhances your respiratory strength and capacity. Pranayama combines two Sanskrit words: Prana, meaning life force, and ayama, meaning extension. There are various pranayamas suitable for different seasons, and I’ll cover many in separate videos.
Most pranayamas involve four essential elements: inhalation (Pooraka), exhalation (Rechaka), holding the inhaled breath (Anthara kumbaka), and pausing after exhalation (Bahya kumbaka). The pauses after inhalation and exhalation, known as kumbakas, are crucial and improve with practice.
If you’re new to pranayama, avoid holding your breath after inhalation or exhalation. These pauses require practice and endurance. Today, I’ll introduce you to Surya Bhedana pranayama, an excellent practice for early spring to clear residual lung congestion from winter.
Find a comfortable seated position with your back straight. Perform paadadirshasana to balance nostril airflow if needed.
Pranayamas can prepare you for meditation by enhancing breath control and focus. Stay tuned for more pranayama videos in the coming months.
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