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/pra·na·ya·ma/ (prah″nah-yah´mah) according to ayurveda, breath control, occurring as one of the eight limbs of yoga; used for controlling the energy within the body and the mind and acting as a vitalizing and regenerating force to increase oxygen exchange that can be used for physical healing.


Ayurvedic medicine
Breathing exercises in which an individual breathes through alternate nostrils by closing off one nostril, then the other, by pressing a finger against it; pranayama is believed to enhance the prana, the universal life force.


Yoga method of breathing.
Mentioned in: Hatha Yoga

pranayama (präˑ·n·yä·m),

n in Ayurveda, the yogic art of breathing that is believed to unify an individual's consciousness with the universal consciousness rendering multiple health benefits for mind and body.
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We have to go back to our ancient remedies to solve today's problems which includes eating whole grains, drinking enough water and traditional forms of exercise like yoga and pranayama," wellness expert Shikha Sharma said, India Today Website Quoted.
Pranayama helps in bringing conscious awareness to breathing and the reshaping of breathing habits and patterns.
Pranayama breathing exercises help calm the nervous system and relax the mind.
Pranayama -- where "prana" refers to "life-force" or "breath," and "ayama" to "control" -- involves a set of breathing exercises, again aimed at bringing awareness and control to one of the most natural activities.
The eight limbs are Yama, or universal morality; Niyama, or personal observances; Asanas, or body postures; Pranayama, or breathing exercises; Pratyahara, or control of the senses; Dharana, or concentration and cultivation of inner perception; Dhyana, or devotion and meditation on the divine; Samadhi, or union with the divine.
In the first half, the reader will discover yoga poses adapted for wheelchair users, poses done on a chair or on the floor, and a section with instructions for pranayama (disciplined breathing practice) and relaxation.
By performing postures, known as asanas, and by controlling breathing, known as pranayama, individuals would be able to cleanse their bodies' organs and systems and achieve a higher state of consciousness.
Pranayama is the term used to describe the practice of breathing techniques or expansion of the life force.
The group's one hour session included asanas (postures) for 30 minutes, pranayama (yogic breathing) for 15 minutes, meditation for two minutes and prayers for two minutes.
Aeth Verity dipyn yn dechnegol wedyn wrth ddweud wrthym am fynd i'r ystum tadasana (traed eich sanna) a hanolbwyntio ar y pranayama, ond doedd y rhain ddim yn amhosib.
According to the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, translated by Sri Swami Satchidananda, there are eight limbs of yoga--yama (abstinence), niyama (observance), asana (posture), pranayama (breath control), pratyahara (sense withdrawal), dharana (concentration), dhyana (meditation) and samadhi (super-conscious state).