Man BreathingPranayamas - some of the Benefits by Sue Fuller

Pranayamas bring so many benefits, physically, emotionally and spiritually.  Discover some of these benefits and how a regular pranayama practice will enhance your general health and wellbeing.  

The literal translation is as follows: - Prana is the vital life-force, yama means restraint and ayama is extension or expansion.   In pranayama practice we do work to achieve both both control and expansion of the vital life force. 

Pranic energy or the vital life force is more than just the breath it is present in everything, by improving breathing techniques the prana is increased and moves freely throughout the body.   


Pranayamas are the name given to yogic breathing exercises.  It is through these pranayamas that the yogi can benefit from increased levels of prana.   

  • Vital life force or pranic energy within the body is able to flow freely.
  • Energy levels increase and the ability to relax becomes easier. 
  • The lungs become strong and healthy this helps to eliminate respiratory problems. 
  • The lungs maintain their elasticity even as we age (we can lose up to 30% of the lungs capacity as we grow older). 
  • Deep slow breathing reduces the work load for the heart, this means that the heart becomes stronger and more efficient, which helps to reduce blood pressure and heart disease. 
  • The quality of the blood improves due to more oxygen being taken in to the body. 
  • The digestive system becomes more efficient due to higher levels of oxygen in the body. 
  • The extra oxygen nourishes the nervous system, which enhances health throughout the body, due to the communication of the nervous system with the rest of the body. 
  • The skin is fed with extra oxygen and becomes rejuvenated, smoother and facial wrinkles are reduced. 
  • The abdominal organs are massaged by the movement of the diaphragm. 
  • Pranayamas reduce anxiety levels. 
  • Concentration and levels of focus increase. 
  • The mind can function more clearly. 
  • Meditation becomes easier. 

By practicing pranayamas regularly the elasticity of the lungs and rib cage increases, which means that ones breathing capacity is increased permanently so the benefits to be gained from pranayamas can be experienced all day. 

Pranayamas and Mudras Vol 1 by Sue FullerSue Fuller is a leading yoga teacher with a range of over 60 audio yoga classes, all postures are carefully selected for the relevant and appropriate level including Gentle Yoga for the absolute beginner, Beginners Yoga, Improvers for those moving on from the beginner level and Strong Yoga classes for the more advanced yoga practitioners who wish to perform stronger yoga postures.  Sue has also created a range of pranayama and meditation classes.

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