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Pranayam is a series of breathing exercises used in traditional yoga for more than 4,000 years to improve respiration, increase energy and stamina and promote mental and emotional health. While pranayam originates in India, qualified instructors teach these deep breathing exercises around the world.
Pranayam means “breath control” in Sanskrit, and the essential meaning is to control the functions of the body and brain via the breath. Yoga philosophy teaches that all of our physiological functions and mental faculties are affected by the breath, and correct breathing promotes physical and mental health.
Don’t do this if you have high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke or epilepsy or gastric issues such as ulcers. As with any exercise or activity relating to your body, you should consult your health care professional before using these methods.