Practical Guidance and Safety Measures for Practicing Pranayama

prerequisites for pranayama

cleanliness and food

One does not enter a holy place with mind or body dirty same applies to your body. Before staring to practice pranayama the bladder should be emptied and the bowels evacuated.

Pranayama should be practised on an empty stomach, but if it is difficult a cup of milk, tea or coffee may be taken. Allow at least six hours to elapse after a meal before practising pranayama.

Time

The best time to practice is either early morning or late in the evening.

Place

They should be done in a clean dry airy place free from noise.

Posture

Pranayama should be done sitting on the floor on a folded blanket. The postures suitable are Sukhasana, Padmasana or Vajrasana. Make sure to keep your back should always remain straight.

Avoid excessive movement of shoulder, arms, thighs and neck. Avoid touching your tongue to the floor and roof of your mouth. Also Keep you nose wide open.

Keep your eyes closed throughout as otherwise it will wander after outside objects and be distracted.

Breathing

While breathing make sure your inhalation and exhalation have a ratio of 1:2. Suppose you take 2 secs to breath in so you should take 4 secs to exhale. Breath slowly, if you feel dizzy rest for while. Faulty practice puts undue stress on the lungs and diaphragm.

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