Breathing (Pranayama) is the most vital process of the body. It influences the activities of each and every cell and most importantly, it is intimately connected with the performance of the brain function. Though breathing is an unconscious, natural process for any human being, conscious control of it provides more benefits and provides the bridge between conscious and unconscious areas of the mind. Breathing also expands one's longevity.
As per Yoga, Pranamaya Kosha is the important kosha in the physical body. Many diseases are psychosomatic and they can be cured by Pranic healing (both appropriate Pranayama practice and also eating pranic food). Pranayama is also one of the 8 limbs in Hatha Yoga.
There are 3 parts in the book. Part 1 explains the theory of prana and related yogic concepts such as koshas,chakras,nadis and mantra. Part 2 describes respiratory system as needed in understanding yogic and pranic physiology and the research undertaken by science on pranayama and related practices. Part 3 provides the guidelines for practicing pranayama,and the preparatory and classical practices of pranayama. Almost all Pranayama techniques have been explained greatly.
There are few more good books available on Pranayama such as Swami Sivananda's 'The Science of Pranayama' published by Divine Life Society, 'Light on Pranayama: The Yogic Art of Breathing' by BKS Iyengar, etc. Off all the books, this book should be considered as encyclopedia of Pranayama.
Many New Age Yoga gurus such as Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, Swami Ramdev Baba, Anandamurti Guruma, Srisri conducts their sessions based on selective, advanced pranayama techniques.
- Paperback: 362 pages
- Publisher: Bihar School Of Yoga/Yoga Publications Trust/Munger; 1st edition (1 January 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9788186336793
- ISBN-13: 978-8186336793
- ASIN: 8186336796
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2 x 21.6 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 358 g
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