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Boyd2010-07-04 22:43:08 +0000 #1
hi im new to yoga and want to mainly concentrate on pranayama and my question is this. Which would be more beneficial? to do 6 different breath exersises for 5 minutes each over 30mins total or just do one breath exersise for 30 mins say for a month then move onto the next.

sorry if this sounds a daft question but im new to this

kind regards

boyd


Trinity2010-07-04 22:59:20 +0000 #2
Boyd,

in answer to your question

Pranayama: www.trinityyoga.net/...athing_in_pranayama/ is the fourth limb of Ashtanga Yoga and is translated as control of one's life force or simply breath control. With this said it may be guessed that Pranayama is a complex and important aspect of yoga. Many teachers of classical yoga suggest that Pranayama should only be practiced with an accomplished guide, however in our modern world this is often difficult to do.

The benefits of Pranayama or of simply breathing in a conscious breath are instant, yet when Pranayama is practiced over a long period of time with great attention and focus then the real harvest begins. Through adopting a daily Pranayama practice: www.trinityyoga.net/...breathing_exercises/ you will be able to notice a significant change in your breathing pattern, length and depth. I would highly suggest staying with one type of Pranayama for at least a month, until you feel confident with your technique and you have developed a natural rhythm in this new habit.

For more in depth information please go to this link: www.trinityyoga.net/blog/C2/ .

Trinity
Chandra2010-07-04 23:24:05 +0000 #3
The effects of the breath on mental/emotional/physiological states is greatly undervalued. Beginning students often require a long period of time to undo habitual negative breath patterns before a natural belly breath is free to emerge unrestricted. this preliminary practice alone has numerous benefits.

i sincerely recommend that pranayam practice be guided by a teacher who is able to provide a well grounded support for you.
Chandra2010-07-05 00:03:38 +0000 #4
The effects of the breath on mental/emotional/physiological states is greatly undervalued. Beginning students often require a long period of time to undo habitual negative breath patterns before a natural belly breath is free to emerge unrestricted. this preliminary practice alone has numerous benefits.

i sincerely recommend that pranayam practice be guided by a teacher who is able to provide a well grounded support for you.
Arjun2010-07-04 23:47:04 +0000 #5
Swami Ramdev, an exponent in yoga practices, has introduced himself as yet another drop in this spiritual ocean. His unique contribution has been in helping ordinary people lead a healthy life through the practice of Pranayama. In very simple terms, Pranayama can be thought of as a series of techniques for breath control that were developed as a part of the ancient Indian system of Yoga. Furthermore, these techniques were often thought of as being esoteric and complex and portrayed as being unsuitable for lay people. Consequently their use was often limited to advanced practitioners of Yoga and undertaken only under the strict supervision of an experienced teacher. Swami Ramdev has worked diligently to break these barriers and help make the practice of Pranayama achievable by the ordinary layperson. He has devised a package of seven simple Pranayama breathing exercises like Bhastrika, Kapalbhati, Bahya, Anulom - Vilom, Bhramri, Udgeeth and Ujjayee for the purpose. One can buy books and CDs on Pranayama by Swami Ramdev for complete guidance, more information on this could be found on the internet.
InnerAthlete2010-07-05 00:34:17 +0000 #6
I guesss everyone has their own perspective on the answer to your question. If only we could see more deeply into where the answers come from. Wow, now that would be something.

In my experience the direct answer to your question is to begin a very gentle pranayama (preferably under the direction of a teacher) for 3-5 minutes several times per week as part of your asana practice with a 8-10 minute savasana ABSOLUTELY REQUIRED after.

Now this too can be misconstrued. Some teachers feel perfecctly fine with beginning students performing kapalabhati. I do not. To those it may be "gentle". I am referencing ujjayi or viloma 1 as a "simple" pranayam.

Please, this should be instructed. We disrespect the potentency of pranayama when we venture out to experiment with these things as though they were a new appetizer at the local restaurant. And all too often this is a hedonistic pursuit, dogmatic, or simply the common "my iner teacher" ego trip. This is not every case of course but it should be at least considered very seriously before working your nervous system through these methods without the guidance of a skilled teacher.
Arjun2010-07-05 00:30:45 +0000 #7
Dear Innerathlete ,

Precisely why i've said " these techniques were often thought of as being esoteric and complex and portrayed as being unsuitable for lay people. Consequently their use was often limited to advanced practitioners of Yoga and undertaken only under the strict supervision of an experienced teacher. Swami Ramdev has worked diligently to break these barriers and help make the practice of Pranayama achievable by the ordinary layperson "
InnerAthlete2010-07-04 23:27:07 +0000 #8
To follow that a bit further then...

who, or whom, thought of pranayama as esoteric and who portrayed pranayama as being unsuitable for laypeople?

For me, from my perspective, not being a student of Swami Ramdev, the concern with pranayama practice is a) the powerful nature of moving prana and b) the student who has not first aligned the spine for this movement.

I wasn't referencing an esoteric nature nor was I operating under the assumption that there were barriers to pranayama and I don't think of practitioners as laypeople.

The limitation of use for pranayama, again from my perspective, is the damage that an untrained practitioner can do by actually moving prana in an unwholesome way (that is with a misaligned spine, as the resultant action can lead to nerve damage and more).
Hubert2010-07-04 23:29:23 +0000 #9
Do you think that pranayama done with the aim of self healing requires an aligned spine ?

I just started it, using a 1:4:2 inhale-retention-exhale ratio, in Savasana. (chosen as the kind of pranayama advised by Swami Sivananda, for people of weak constitution) During retention, I am focusing on the ill parts, imagining that they are healed by prana, and the obstructions are eliminated through exhaling.

Can a yoga therapist assert where the spine is misaligned, looking at an X-Ray image ?

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