The term is derived from the Sanskrit, prana, meaning “life force,” and ayama, meaning “extension.”
Pranayama is the conscious awareness of breath: the life force that both energizes and relaxes the body.
Pranayama is an integral part of yoga. The controlled breathing enables both the rhythm of performing yoga poses and relaxing the mind for meditation.
When prana flows freely we feel, happy, healthy and relaxed.
When Prana becomes blocked we feel out of balance, fatigue, pain and generally unwell emotionally and physically.
There are a great number of pranayama techniques, each have different effect on our system, some calm, some energize, some cool and some create a heat effect.
Pranayama must only be carried out with proper guidance, training and supervision.