Breathe – An Introduction to Pranayama
Learn about ‘breath-control’, which in yoga is known as prânâyâma. Learn to breathe properly – the first and easiest step you can take toward improving your health, increasing your overall energy level and feeling of wellbeing. Most people would be surprised if you told them they weren’t breathing properly. Most people breathe inefficiently and miss out on feeling the ‘energising effect’.
The practices in this course are known to have very effective results for health, anxiety and stress reduction, longevity and well-being. Anyone can do these and experience immediate results.
In just 15 to 20 minutes per day you will learn from a master teacher of Pranayama, Simon Borg-Olivier.
Course includes 15 short video practice videos plus a complete lecture.
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Improved Energy, Health and Longevity
These exercises are a simple effective way to increase your health and longevity, that I have successfully taught to thousands of people around the world over the last 30 years.
This practice is designed to give you the energetic benefits of breathing exercises by building up carbon dioxide.
Benefits of increased carbon dioxide:
- More blood to your brain and heart (vasodilation)
- More oxygen can enter your body via your lungs (bronchodilation)
- Increased energy levels (up to 18 times as much) due to increased oxygen uptake into your cells
- Stress reduction due to the calming effect on your nervous system
- Increased digestion of food by stimulating hydrochloric acid levels
- Reduced appetite for heavy, processed and acidic foods that cause weight problems
Another type of breathing exercise that I wish to share with you here is breathing for increasing energy. This type of breathing is designed to increase the amount of oxygen entering your cells. In these four breathing exercises the trick is to breathe as little as you comfortably can in order to build up carbon dioxide. Carbon dioxide has the important role in your body of being able to signal the red blood cells to give the oxgen they carry to your body cells. If there is not enough carbon dioxide in your body then red blood cells tend to retain their oxygen and not release it into your cells. This is called the Bohr-effect. When you get oxygen into your cells you have the possibility of making 18 times as much energy for every glucose molecule of ‘fuel’ you ‘burn’.
The four simplest breathing exercises (apart from relaxed natural breathing) are as follows:
- Inhalation emphasis breathing: make a really long slow inhale and then a short natural breath out.
- Inhalation retention emphasis breathing: Make a gentle full breath in, and then hold your breath in as long as you comfortably can, and then a short natural breath out.
- Exhalation emphasis breathing: Make a gentle full breath in, and then breathe out as slowly as possible for as long as it is comfortably possible.
- Exhalation retention emphasis breathing: Make a gentle full breath in over 3-5 seconds, then a short full breath out about the same length, and then hold your breath out as long as you comfortably can.
You should stay as relaxed as possible in all these exercises and never force them. Whenever you need to breathe, simply take a few natural relaxed breaths.