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Monday, October 26, 2009

Open Your Heart to Yoga - Yoga for Heart Diseases

In Medical terminology, Coronary Heart/arterial Disease, CAD, is defined as a condition when accumulation of plaques (semi solid emulsion of LDP and calcium) in the arteries constricts them and as a result oxygen supply to the heart gets restricted and heart muscles become weak. With this restricted passage for oxygen rich blood, heart needs to pump more, further straining itself.

Before we discuss further how yoga can help to cure for heart disease, and what is the yoga poses for heart health, let us examine the causes and symptoms of the disease and how yoga does wonder prevent disease and gives better health.

Causes and Symptoms of Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
The main culprit is the atherosclerosis, a medical condition when plaque gets accumulated inside coronary arteries and results in their hardening. The other contributors are Hypertension, smoking, and high cholesterol (LDL) and CAD develops over a long time. Since it is a long process, people miss the symptoms till they are around 50 years of age. Chest pain (angina), short breaths characterize CAD. Unfortunately for some people, heart attack could be the first sign of CAD.

Who Are Affected By CAD?
As the researches show, Men and women are equally prone to be affected by CAD. But usually the danger sign for men is after age 45 and for women after 55 years of age (post menopause). Statistics show 50% of men and 63% of women of over 50 years, die from heart attack due to CAD.

Those who have a family history are at risk even at young age.

Coronary Artery Disease Risk Factors
Smoking, high blood pressure, diabetes mellitus, bad cholesterol above 240 mg/dL (LDL) are the risk factors. Heredity is also a major risk.

How Does Yoga Help In Combating This Disease?
A study, published in Journal of The Association of Physicians of India (JAPI), establishes that yoga has tremendous benefits in curing heart disease. Study was on angiographic ally proven CAD patients, of whom 71 formed the study group and 42 the control group. And the results proved that the serum total cholesterol levels had reduced by 23.3%, disease had regressed in 43.7% and progression was arrested in another 46.5% of the patients. The anxiety levels of patients dropped significantly and serum cholesterol, LDL and triglyceride levels were reduced to great extents with the help of Controlled yoga combining calming and stimulating measures.

Yoga Poses for Heart Health
Yoga for heart disease has been popular since ages. Of late, it is getting better coinage following concerted studies which have shown how symptoms of coronary artery disease have been reduced.

Kapalabhati Breathing
Kapalabhati breathing, popularly known as pranayama technique. Kapalabhati involves breathing along with controlling the movements of the diaphragm (a membrane separating abdomen from chest) consciously. The breathe control is through breathing in rapid succession. This results in holding air in the lungs for few seconds’ thereby increasing oxygen absorption in the lungs in a short time. Each and every tissue in the entire respiratory system gets benefited. This ensures richer blood to reach cardiovascular muscles regardless of its quantity, thus removing the major complaint.

Yoga Mountain Pose
Tadasana, an indispensable part of all standing yoga postures is performed in standing position. Touch your heels and big toes to each other. Ensure to balance the weight evenly on metatarsals (bones in foot) and toes spread. Stiffen and pull-up calf muscles, knee caps, thighs and hips. Take stomach in; expand chest, neck and spine. Release fingers, drop hands straight and keep them stiff.

Yoga Asanas to cure Heart Disease
There are types of poses you can practice offered by yoga for heart disease cure as follows:

Warrior Pose
Begin from the mountain pose and jump change to fully stretched legs and arms (horizontal) sideways. Rotate outwards right foot by 900 and left foot by 700. Bend the right knee till thigh becomes parallel to ground keeping the plane of the body unaltered. Breathe in a few times and return to tadasana and repeat this for the next half of the body.

Triangle Pose
Stand straight and keep your feet spread slightly wider than shoulder. Lift both arms and bend towards right, hold right ankle with right hand without twisting the body. Hold it there for 30 seconds. The triangle is the shape formed by your trunk now.

Tree Pose
Vrukshasana. Proceed from tadasana to rest your left foot on the root of right thigh and lift hands up straight till they touch palm to palm. Hold the position till 20 seconds.

Lotus Pose Yoga
Improvement over the classic cross-legged squatting. Make sure to rest both your feet on the opposite thighs with soles facing up. You may want to pull your feet initially. It is a classic position for pranayama with chinmudra.

Can Yoga Cure CAD?
Studies similar to Journal of The Association of Physicians of India (JAPI) have shown tremendous benefits in CAD patients and the symptoms and conditions have improved contrary to the poor performance of modern medicine. Just yet, this doesn't suggest that yoga cures CAD, however.

Yoga and Heart Attacks
Dr. Satish Sivasankaran recently conducted a study on the effects of yoga in preventing coronary artery disease. The initial study on the ways to get rid of chronic stresses such as CAD, with the help of yoga, indicated improvements in the conditions of epithelial cells that line our arteries from inside. Dr. Satish has studied 33 persons (10 had cardiovascular diseases) of average 55 years. Parameters like body mass, heart rates, blood pressure and cholesterol and blood sugar levels were checked including epithelial linings before and after the study. The study lasted for 6 weeks with 3 sessions of 90 minutes each in every week. Sessions were on yoga and meditation. Significant improvements, across the group, for example reductions in hypertension, body mass and pulse rate were reported by Dr. Satish. Specifically those with previous CAD history also showed improvements in the functioning of endothelial cells.

It may be too early, but efforts on yoga for heart disease are taking researchers in the right direction. The fact that the symptoms of coronary artery disease have reacted positively should motivate them further.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Prevent Common Cold With Yoga

Most of the time in a year and in most of the seasons, we generally visit to a doctor's office, just because of the flu or common cold. While we tend to ignore it thinking that it will go away on it’s own, we do not know that it can destroy our immune system if left untreated. All of the symptoms of cold are highly irritating especially on the very first day and spoil our energy leaving us helpless to do anything except to take rest. While medications are available easily for cold, one gets relief hardly. Most of the sufferers have experienced that therapies like yoga cold are better option to get rid of cold. Guidance by trained instructors is necessary for practicing yoga poses for cold.

Symptoms of Cold

The disease is called cold because it is usually contracted in the cold season. Here is the list of the most common cold symptoms.

Sneezing and Scratchy Throat

Sneezing is an awkward sounding, sudden, involuntary burst of air in high force through the nose and mouth. The mucous membranes of the throat and nose get irritated and the result is sneezing. One gets bothered, but there is nothing to worry about as it is not a symptom of any serious disease rather an initial symptom of common cold. This results in uncontrollable cough.

Runny Nose and Sore Throat
Other easily recognizable symptoms of cold are runny nose and sore throat. Runny nose is the result of uncontrolled secretion of serous (thin, water like mucous) which is highly irritating. The membranes in the throat get inflamed and the presence of abnormal mucous makes throat sore and itchy.

Cough, Headache and Mild Fever
The mucus or foreign material accumulated in the respiratory system (lungs and air passages) gets removed with cough. It is the body's reactive defense mechanism for respiratory irritations.

Nasal Congestion
A prominent cold symptom.

Causes of Common Cold
One may be surprised to know that not only one or two but 200 different viruses are responsible for cold. We may be vulnerable to catch cold in any time of the year, but generally winter and rainy seasons are major carriers of theses viruses. Children get 3-8 cold bouts a year while adults 2-5 per year. Children usually get it from other children.

Two Hundred Different Viruses

Researches show that there are about 200 different varieties of cold causing viruses. Rhino virus is the most common of them and further it has 100 different varieties in it, which are not known to cause any serious danger. Others such as respiratory syncytial virus and parainfluenza can be reason for mild infection for adults. Children are known to suffer sever lower respiratory troubles.

Corona Viruses

Sars (severe acute respiratory syndrome), responsible for taking Over 3000 lives the world wide, is caused by a special variety of Corona viruses, one of the culprits of cold.

How Long Does Cold Last (2 To 14 Days)
Generally the cold symptoms become apparent after 2-3 days of catching it. But cold can last for any where from 2-14 days occasionally. Doctors say that one must recover in 7 days. Anything beyond 2 weeks may be a cause of concern as it may be an allergy symptom, not just cold.

How Does Yoga Help In Preventing Cold?
While medications generally do not give much relief from cold, the breath control techniques taught in yoga help a lot to cope up with cold. The anuloma & vilomas and various yoga poses in addition to kapalabhati bring immediate and long term relief by working on the respiratory system.

Some Useful Yoga Poses For Cold

Yoga cold remedies need practice to perform. Some of them are highly effective if practiced regularly. Here is a list of representative yoga poses for cold.

Yoga Shoulder Stand
Yoga shoulder stand (sarvanga asana) is next best to shirasa asana (headstand) in yoga.

  • Get relaxed and lie on back, keep the feet together and hands by the side.
  • Breathe a full cycle and lift your legs together so much as to lift the hips and trunk too.
  • Make sure to support both the hands with elbows firmly on the ground.
  • Let the feet face upwards without swinging.
  • Hold here for 10 breaths and take off your hands before returning to normal position.
  • Exhale while lowering.
  • As you gain in practice, you can do this without the hands supporting your trunk.
The Bow
Bow is Dhanur asana.

Dhanur asana
  • Take a few relaxed breaths and Lie down on abdomen.
  • Lift your legs up, backwards, bending at the knees and hold your ankles with your hands.
  • Now, while inhaling, lift up head, chest and thighs with knees clearly off the ground.
  • Now you are completely supported on your abdomen only.
  • Hold it for 4-6 breaths
  • Exhale while returning by retracing the sequence in reverse order.
Yoga Cat Pose
  • Rest on knees and palms just below shoulders.
  • Hold your spine as straight as possible and look forward.
  • Crouch inwards trying to round the spine and gaze at navel.
  • Exhale while doing this and take a couple of breaths here.
  • Come back to original position inhaling.
  • Now go forward to the cow stretch from here, by dropping the back and lifting head as much as possible.
  • Return to the original position after a couple of breaths while exhaling.
Corpse Pose
  • Get relaxed and lie down on your back.
  • Keep your feet and palms away from the body.
  • Starting from toes, concentrate on each organ of body in order to relax fully.
  • Let your breaths calm down automatically. Relax in this position for 10-15 minutes.
Relaxation Pose
Relaxation pose is the same as shava asana or Corpse pose.

Yoga has it’s own importance in curing cold apart from medications, by working on respiratory organs, if practiced under expert guidance. Further, all yoga cold remedies are based on the breathe control techniques. Thus, additional practicing of pranayama may help better the cause.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Top Yoga Techniques For A Healthy Life

Yoga!!!!! A buzz word for today’s generation!!!! We all talk about yoga almost everyday but many a times it is difficult for anyone to know which particular yoga is beneficial for one’s health and moreover we get confused most of the times about the difference in various yoga poses and asanas. This article is an answer to all these questions and different yoga styles are discussed here.

Bhakti Yoga
Bhakti yoga, as the name suggests is a passionate form of yoga involving affection towards God. When history is recalled the origin of Bhakti yoga is believed to be before hatha yogi. The exact origin is not depicted in history, but yoga experts believe it’s origin around since before the fifth century BC. There are nine forms of Bhakti yoga:
  • Sravana (hearing about God);
  • Kirtana (singing of the glory of God);
  • Smarana (remembering God's name and presence);
  • Padasevana (service of God):
  • Archana (worship of God);
  • Vandana (prostration);
  • Dasya (cultivating the Bhava of a servant);
  • Sakhya (cultivation of the friend-Bhava);
  • Atmanivedana (surrender of the self).
Karma Yoga
The dictionary meaning of word Karma is action or deed, and the outcome or the resultant. Since childhood we have been taught to do the karma in the manner so that the resultant of the actions is maximum amounts of good and the least amount of evil. Karma yoga is another form of dedication towards God. A combination of our actions with the Divine force is our performance. Karma yoga is incomplete if it does not involve selfless service. The history of karma yoga is believed to be originated before 800 BC, when yoga was inclined towards life disciplines and paths.

Ashtanga Yoga
Ashtanga yoga started around 5000 years BC, and was began by Vivekanand Needam Yoga Sutra. As the name suggests ashtanga yoga means asht (8) anga or the eight limbs or eight fold path formulated by Vivekanad Needam. While practicing ashtanga yoga one needs to focus and concentrate on each of the eight limbs, which are:
  • Yama (principles or moral code);
  • Niyama (personal disciplines);
  • Asana (ashtanga yoga postures)
  • Pranayama (yoga breathing);
  • Prayahara (withdrawal of senses);
  • Dharana (concentration on objects);
  • Dhyan (meditation);
  • Samadhi (salvation).
Jnana Yoga
Jnana yoga emphasizes on power of knowledge. While practicing Jnana yoga, one needs to pay attention on the all the seven stages which are study, self-realization, desire, protection of the mind, developing indifference to objects, letting the world appear like a dream, non-attachment to the world, bliss and knowledge of truth.

Hatha Yoga
Quite popular in the western world Hatha yoga is based on the use of different yoga postures or asanas for the benefit of the body physically. Hatha yoga emphasizes on how to prepare the mind for spiritual journey by conditioning the body. As ancient yogis believed that when the body is in good physical condition, then only mind can concentrate better on spiritual matters.

Kundalini Yoga
Kundalini yoga emphasizes on Kundalini awakening means stimulation of the energy which is found at the base of the spine is. Kundalini yoga is popular as the most powerful yoga. For performing Kundalini yoga one needs to focus on practicing classic yoga poses. Chanting and meditation are also indispensable part of it. The concentration in Kundalini yoga is on breathe control.

Swara Yoga
Swara yoga teaches how to control the inhalations and exhalations from the nostrils and how to manipulate the flow of breath for health benefits. The essential part of Swara yoga is to observe the nostril's breath flow at all times of the day and seasons. Evidences show that Swara yoga has been practiced for over ten thousand years. Initially only high society people, like kings and sadhaks were eligible to practice it.

Raja yoga
Raja yoga emphasizes on synchronization of mind and emotions and makes a balance by controlling one's life force. The meditation style used in Raja Yoga focuses on the Lord. It helps the sadhaka to guide the life force to move up and down the spine, until contentment of mind is acheived. Then awareness is directed to a point in the lower forehead.

Kriya Yoga
The main aim of Kriya yoga is the spiritual growth using meditation techniques that help combining one’s soul with the Divine. The spiritual energy accumulated deep in the spines is guided through meditation. In Kriya yoga the awakening of mind helps drawing the vital energy up and down the spine using mind power.

Mantra Yoga
As the name suggests Mantra yoga means repeat chanting of a word or phrase until the mind and emotions are transcended and the one reaches the stage of super consciousness. Repeating a mantra helps to concentrate the mind meditation and avoids sudden wondering of mind. The mind is then focused better on yoga. Two popular mantras are aum mani padme hum (om the jewel is in the Lotus hum) and asato ma sat gamayo (lead me from the unreal to the real).

By now, you should have got answer to all questions about yoga types.. However, now when the differences in yoga styles are known to you, you may decide what types of yoga are beneficial to you more. Many people practice a number of yoga disciplines, which focus on different aims and techniques. Once you know the yoga types you want to practice, you can search for appropriate yoga teachers or yoga centers. Most types of yoga have practitioners all over the world.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Yoga Breathing or Pranayama

Whenever we think of the term Pranayama, the only thing appears in our mind is that it is a breathing exercise. But Pranayama means a lot more than just breathing for relaxation.

Different Yoga experts have defined Pranayama in different ways having a broad range of meanings. It also stands for cosmic power, or power of the whole entire universe that reveals itself as a conscious living entity in us through the miracle of breathing.

As defined in the Yoga Sutras, by Vivekanand Needam, Pranayama is “regulation of incoming and outgoing breath coupled with retention.

In Sanskrit, the word Pranayama is a combination of two parts having different meanings, viz. Prana and Ayama.

While Ayama means control; means the act which is done in Pranayama. Prana – as most of us know – is vital energy. It is that energy that is represented naturally as the self-energizing force driving our body in daily course of life. When our body is dominated and controlled by this vital force, it is called Pranayama.

Pranayama does not emphasize on to bring the inhalation and exhalation into synchronization with each other. Nor the aim is to make our body habitual of a particular length of breath. The different pranayama practices pose variety of opportunities for following the breath, as well. When you focus on breath, your mind is concentrated only on the breathing activities. Pranayama prepares us, in this manner for the stillness of meditation to come.

Yoga Breathing or Pranayama - A Broad Overview

Pranayama, the breathe control technique in yoga is an indispensable part of the Yoga science. It is an essential step of most of the asanas or poses. As described in the Vivekanand Needam Yoga Sutras, asana and pranayama play a vital role to help us control ourselves mentally and physically, attaining purification of body, soul and mind.

While practicing yoga one can feel heat sensations internally, which is nothing but the inner fire of purification. As per yoga experts this heat is the byproduct of the purification process of the Nadis. These are subtle nerve channels in the subtle body. The result is healthy mind and body to it’s high.

Pranayama emphasizes to concentrate on your breath. Hence, make sure that while practicing Pranayama the mind is alert and focused. This is because the processes being observed are extremely subtle. Unlike asanas, body movements are almost nil in Pranayama. In the beginning of Pranayama the inhalations and exhalations are felt within your respiratory tract, and later, the sensations of breath movements are felt throughout your body. The only animated process will be breathing. Vivekanand Needam, in his Yoga sutras, has given tips and practical suggestions so that one can concentrate on breath movements.

To begin with Pranayama, you must start paying attention on a part of your body, where you feel or hear your breath. Alternatively, you could try following the movement of breath in your body. Try to sense the inhale extend from the center of your collarbone, down through your rib cage to your diaphragm. Then follow your exhalation upwards from your abdomen.

One more trick to concentrate on your breath is by feeling where it enters and leaves your body around the region of your nostrils. If you want to hear your breath, then try to make a noise by gently tightening your vocal chords. This is a Pranayama technique called Ujjayi.


Surya means the sun and, according to Yoga the Surya Nadi is the right nostril.

This breathe control technique or pranayama is performed by using right nostril for inhalation and the left one for exhalation. Each round consists of the same procedure. This is also popular as Viloma type of pranayama.

As Yoga says that navel in our body is the place of Sun and the skull is the place for moon. As we all know that the moon gives cooling effect, and the sun is known for heating effect.

The underline basis of this theory is probably the fact that the food we eat is goes for digestion in the stomach that is near the navel. Digestion requires heat, the source of which is assumed as sun.

The air we take in through the right nostril significantly affects other forms of vital energies in our body. It results in accumulation of these energies around navel root, which is believed to play a vital role in awakening the Kundalini.

Technique for Suryabhedana Pranayama
  • Sit in Padmasana or Sidhasana.
  • Use your right nostril for Inhaling slowly and deeply, use your ring finger and little finger to close your left nostril.
  • Next, use the thumb of your right hand to close your right nostril.
  • Now breathe out through your left nostril, keeping your right nostril closed.
  • Repeat the act 5 – 10 times.
Tips for practicing Suryabhedana Pranayama
  • Don’t overdo the exercise so as to avoid exhaustion while doing this.
  • Every time inhalations are strictly recommended through the right nostril and exhalations through the left.
  • The air that goes out throughout the process must be felt at the tips of your fingers, your thumbs and in your nasal membranes where pressure is applied. The sound it makes should be maintained throughout by applying varying pressure on your nostrils.
  • You should not feel even the slightest strain and the skin on your forehead, eyes, temples, eyebrows should remain passive.
  • Inhalation and exhalation should last be in the ratio of 1:2.
  • Try to maintain an even and slow rhythm throughout.
As a result of Suryabhedana Pranayama heat is generated in the body and the part of the brain, which holds the vital life-force gets stimulated. As a result the functioning of liver and immune system improves, the blood gets purified and gas problems are cured. Apart from this , Intestinal ailments, leucoderma and other skin diseases also get benefited. Suryabhedana removes vata problems in the stomach and prevents throat trouble.

Kapalbhati Pranayama

Kapalbhati Pranayama , another type of breathe control exercise, if practiced regularly, helps to get cure various ailments better than medicines or other therapies.
As the name suggests, "Kapal" means forehead and "bhati" means shining. As a result of Kapabhati Pranayama, a glow appears on the forehead of the person performing it.

How to do it?
  • Kapalabhati is done in a sitting posture. The thumb rule is that the concentration must be on "exhaling". Inhaling does not need attention, must be as usual.
  • Exhale and make sure that the abdominal muscles are contracted with each exhalation.
  • Exhaling must be continued without paying any attention to inhaling all the time.
  • Exhale as long as you can.
  • Kapalbhati pranayama is recommended to be practiced for about 5 minutes. If one feels comfortable then the duration can be increased to a maximum of 10 minutes.
  • Short breaks can be taken for a while at the beginning of Kapalbhati pranayama till one gets habitual of it.
  • Kapalabhati helps control obesity, diabetes, kidney and prostate diseases, heart, brain and lung problems and many other diseases
Benefits: cleansing, invigorating, warming, prevents illness and allergies

This breath control is a series of rapid, forced exhales followed by passive inhales. Yoga experts suggest doing it at the beginning of a yoga session. In Kundalini practice, Kapalabhati breath is sometimes done while holding poses.

  • Choose a cross-legged position for sitting and make sure that you feel comfortable.
  • Start with deep inhaling 2 or 3 times and exhale through the nose.
  • Inhale till you feel comfortable followed by sharp and forceful exhalations through the nose.
  • Make sure that the belly goes in with each exhalation.
  • Concentration must be on passive inhalations, and the cycle of forceful exhales and passive inhales must be continued at a fast pace, so that the belly is pumping continuously.
  • Do three rounds of thirty breaths each, coming back to deep inhales and exhales between each round.
  • Come back to normal breathing if you feel lightheaded at any time.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Anulom Vilom Pranayam

Anulom Vilom Pranayam is another type of pranayama. This breathing technique is performed by inhaling from one nostril at one time and subsequently breathing out through the other nostril.

Alternately inhaling is done from the other nostril again maintaining a regular comfortable pace.

How to do it?
  • Get a comfortable sitting position and feel relaxed.
  • Close your eyes
  • Maintain this position for few minutes till you feel to get ready for inhaling.
  • Use your right thumb to close your right nostril.
  • Inhale from your left nostril.
  • Hold the breath for a couple of seconds.
  • Remove the thumb and open right nostril
  • Now use middle and ring finger to close left nostril
  • Breathe out from right nostril.
  • Now inhale from right nostril, close the right nostril
  • Open left nostril and breathe out.
  • Repeat again, steps 1 through 7.
It is recommended to practice this pranayama daily for 5-6 minutes at least. People with Heart ailments, high blood pressure, heart blockages, depression, migraine pain, asthma, sinus, allergy have reported tremendous health benefits by practicing Anulom Vilom Pranayam regularly.

It is however advised to take deep breaths into your lungs and not into the stomach as the lungs have the tissues that absorb maximum oxygen from the air we inhale.

Benefits of Pranayama

Pranayama meaning literally the “breath of life”.

In other words Pranayama can be described as a technique of breath control using sequential deep inhalations and gentle exhalations. An indispensable part of ancient Indian yoga, Pranayama can be carried out using different techniques, all of them involving step by step deep inhalations and gentle exhalations.

Pranayama poses lots of benefits to our body, soul and the mind, if practiced regularly and in proper way.

Pranayama benefits:
  • We all know that breathing is an indispensable part of life, but ironically most of us are not even aware of the fact that we are not breathing properly, despite continuous breathing. Pranayama is the only technique that teaches how to breathe properly so that the body gets maximum benefits of breathing. Instead of slow and deep breathing we have got habitual of taking quick, shallow breaths and that too from the stomach instead of chest.

  • By practicing Pranayama regularly, we can change our breathing habits and start breathing deeply from the belly.

  • We do not even know that one third of our lungs is always deprived of the air (or oxygen in other words) that we inhale because shallow breathing does not allow the air to spread fully in the lungs. By following the deep breathing techniques taught in Pranayama, we can give a chance to the lungs to breathe effectively because the lungs spread fully as the air flows in, hence making more oxygen available to parts of the body that were previously deprived of it and as a result, the body gets energized many more times than it used to get earlier.

  • With the increasing oxygen supply to the body, the efficiency of various organs and systems also increases and body works more efficiently. This helps to increase the metabolic rate. As a result, the accumulated fat in the body burns faster and digestion is also improved.

  • Pranayama also increases the body immunity as the enhanced oxygen and blood supply gives strength to the body.

  • Pranayama is a boon for those who suffer from lung based diseases especially asthma or bronchitis as the lung capacity is many times increased if Pranayama is practiced regularly. Pranayama can also retard and reverse the effects of lung damage in smokers.
Pranayama Techniques
Pranayama has many techniques that result in lowering or increasing the blood pressure depending on the technique of Pranayama that is used. Other Pranayama benefits include improved abdominal tone. Not only the energy blockages in the body get opened but the congestion of nasal passages is also removed. There can be no other convenient way rather than practicing Pranayama to flush out toxins from the body. Patients suffering from ailments such as allergies, heart conditions, insomnia, chronic pain and imbalances in the endocrine system also get benefits to cure these diseases with the help of Pranayama.

Last but not the least, Pranayama also helps to control the mind. In a world full of stress and only stress, Pranayama helps us to get relaxed and De-stress not only the mind but the body also. We can concentrate in a better way and improve our focus. Regular practice of Pranayama, can also help to balance and center the mind.