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Prana is our life force. The key to keeping Prana in
an optimum state in our body is regular breathing
Prana is our life
force. The key to keeping Prana in an optimum state in our body is regular
breathing. However, breathing is such an automatic, natural function that we
are often not aware we are doing it.
One can live without
food but not without prana. To maintain Prana, regular rhythmic breathing is
very important. To preserve the balance of Prana one should take deep, long,
slow breaths, in through the nose and out through the nose. This process of
deep breathing should be repeated at least 3 -4 times a day, taking at least
10—15 deep, long breaths each time.
Our breathing is
affected with every action, every activity of the day; the way we act, react,
Many of us feel that
our breathing is good because we live with awareness or do regular exercise or
yoga in the morning and Pranaynam (specific yogic breathing) in the evening so
don't need to focus on breathing during the day. Unfortunately, we forget that
our breathing can be affected by various circumstances and situations during
the day. For example, watch people working on computers and you will see that
at least 80% of them have shallow breathing as we forget to breath while
focussed on our computers. Also, whenever people are working on an important
project or have to attend an important meeting, the stress and anxiety that
creates will impact on the breath.
When people are made
aware about this, their first reaction is to think there is no problem. "I
am practicing yoga or going to the gym after work so should be fine," they
say. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. When one is stressed, anxious
or nervous this impacts on our inner tissues as well. This stress or anxiety
causes a loss of Prana in the cells. When Prana is depleted in our tissues, it
makes us fatigued, tired, unstable and foggy minded. If one does not act to
revive the situation on a regular basis, then many of those cells will die.
This will untimely affect one's immune strength so it is very important to do
regular deep breathing throughout the day.
How does anxiety take
Prana from cells? Whenever one is anxious or nervous the bodily systems
naturally go into constriction mode, which hampers the normal flow of Prana in
the blood stream. Also, due to the constriction in the cells, Prana will move
out of cell and they become more fragile as the oxidation process is
compromised. When this happens, cells become dry, rough and cold, which
accelerates the damage.
How does stress take
Prana out of cells? When one is overworked and unable to handle work pressure
and deadlines, one can start feeling frustrated and angry. Anger and
frustration will increase the hot quality in the blood and this will affect our
cells too. This excess heat impacts on the Prana in the cells and can lead to
quicker cell destruction. The only regime that can prevent damage to our cells
and tissue is deep, long slow breathing on a regular basis.
Why do I need to do
breathing throughout the day when I am doing Pranaynam in the early morning?
It is always wise to perform such routines that
keep our Prana more stable and it is true that regular Pranaynam practice will
put us in a much better position than others. Unfortunately, our activities
during the day also impact on our wellbeing so if someone experiences a higher
level of anxiety or frustration, it will impact on our systems, not only at a
superficial level but also at a deeper cellular level. Due to these activities,
Prana will leave our cells and they become prone to imbalances. Therefore,
regular breathing during the day is advised to re-vitalise the cells, as they
can't wait for you to get home to perform you Pranaynam practice. By the time
damage is done hence breathing is required within 2-3 hours after the activity
that affects one's breathing