Philosophy of Pranayama

“Breath is a vehicle for prana to move in the body. Prana is the vital principle in the universe, the life force within us. Prana is the first unit of energy in the universe, says Swami Rama. 

Pranayama consists of two components – pra and ayamaPrana is the vital principle of the universe. Ayama is an expansion. The second etymology is prana and yamaYama is control over the prana. Expansion of prana and control over prana is pranayama.

Prana circulates through the body by means of over 72,000 energy channels, or nadis.” From an article by Pandit Hari Shankar Dabral – click here.

Ida, Pingala and Sushumna

Prerequisites/Foundational Practices

Benefits and Precautions
Pranayama and Breathing Practices

Breath basics

Breath Awareness

Diaphragmatic Breathing

Diaphragmatic Breathing in Crocodile pose

Diaphragmatic Breathing in Shavasana

1:1 and 2:1 Breath

1:5:5:1 Counting Breaths

Alternate nostril breathing: Nadi shodhanam  

Intermediate practices

Kapalabhati: shining skull

Bhastrika: bellows breath

Agni sara: digestive fire

Yoga Nidra

5 Month Pranayama Practice

Extras:
Prana – Dr David Frawley
Energy and Breath – Dr Rudolph Ballantine
Chakras and Nadis – Dr Rudolph Ballantine