Good Bye Stress Welcome Pranayama

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 Pranayama for stress relief

Stress is the biggest challenge in today’s high professional and busy life. It not only affects your health but also affect work efficiency, output and the most important thing is “peace of mind”.

There is no doubt that the yoga and pranayama can really help a lot in reducing stress. Give small amount of time to Pranayama and see how it improves your life. Lest take our first step to kick off stress from our life. Here we go:

If you are new to Yoga and pranayama, I recommend reading our article on what is yoga and basic yoga poses.

Pranayama 1:

  • Seat in Padmasana (if you are not comfortable with Padmasana, you can seat in Siddhasana position – see image below).
  • Close the right nose trail with your right hand thumb.
  • Inhale very slowly from your left nose trail
  • Release your right nose trail and close your left nose trail with ring and middle finger of same hand.
  • Exhale slowly from your right nose trail
  • Now, inhale from your right nose trail and release your left nose trail.
  • Close your right nose trail with your thumb and exhale slowly from your left nose trail.
  • Repeat this process for 10-15 minutes (you can take break and keep repeating this process as per your convenience).

This is called Anulom Vilom Pranayama

Checkout this video demonstrate how to perform Anulom Vilom Pranayama.

Pranayama 2:

  • Seat in Padmasana (if you are not comfortable with Padmasana, you can seat in Siddhasana position – see image below).
  • Close your eyes and take deep breath from your nose trail
  • Breath out quickly from your nose trail
  • Repeat this process for around 2-5 minutes.

This is called Bhastrika Pranayama.

Checkout this video demonstrate how to perform Bhastrika Pranayama.

It is not necessary to perform both the pranayama every day, just practice one by one and see how your body react. You can choose best method that suits your body and mind. If require, consult expert yoga teacher, who can customize your yoga and pranayama session that is best for you by considering your body structure, your stress level and number of other important factors.

There are different types of Pranayama techniques are explained in Yoga Sutras by Patanjali. We will discuss them in our next yoga and pranayama series.

Start practicing now and share your experience in Comments !

Important Note:  

We recommend practicing given pranayama techniques with extra care. Do not force your body if you find any difficulties in performing pranayama. We recommend practice pranayama under teacher’s guidance if you are suffering from heart diseases, blood pressure or any other serious diseases.

Image source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Tanum%C3%A2nas%C3%AE_kapalabhati.JPG