Types of Pranayama

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Nadi Shodhan Pranayama

Nadi means the Psychic channel of our body similar to our nerve but very subtle in nature and Shodhan means Purification.

The main aim of this pranayama is to purify the whole of Nadi’s present in our body.

In the beginning, start with the slow pace and when you feel more comfortable you could use this pranayama with the retention of breath which is also known as Kumbhaka.

Nadi shodhan pranayama help to remove the toxin present in our body. This pranayama is also used for the purpose of meditation.

Surya Bhedi Pranayama (Sun Piercing Pranayama)

Surya Bhedi pranayama is heat provoking pranayama it generates the heat in the body which helps to activate the whole nervous system and blood flow in the body.

This pranayama especially recommended for the one who has low B.P and heart rate, digestive problems, and during wintertime. Surya Bhedi Pranayama is also used to awaken the Kundalini Shakti.

Chandra Bhedi Pranayama (Cooling Pranayama or Moon piercing)

The functioning and mechanism of Chandra Bhedi Pranayama is almost the opposite of Surya Bhedi.

Chandra (Moon) is referred to as calmness and coolness. It is also used as a counter after generating an excessive amount of heat in the body.

The main aim of this is pranayama is to cool and calm our bodies and mind.

Instead of using right in this pranayama, we use our left nostrils to breathe. It also helps to control anger and stress.

Ujjayi Pranayama

In Ujjayi Pranayama there is a very subtle snoring sound is created like a child while inhaling through the contracting vocal cord and hold the breath in between the heart.

This practice is also used in various other practices of Yoga. Ujjayi in Sanskrit means for undefeated or victorious.

Sheetali Pranayama

Suck the air through the tongue, retain the air inside with Kumbhaka then exhale with nostrils.

This is also cooling pranayama which produces calmness and stability in the body and beneficial for those who suffer from Kapha and pitta disorder.

Sheetali means “cool”.

Bhastrika Pranayama

Inhale and exhale forcefully repeatedly at the same ratio through the nostrils filling and emptying the abdomen like a bellow of blacksmith 10-15 times or with your capacity and retain the breath after exhalation.

This practice is to produce heat in the body which helps to remove the toxin from the body.

Bhramari Pranayama

In Sanskrit, Bhramar means vibration (like a bumblebee). The main effect of this pranayama is calming the mind with creating a vibrating sound from mouth while closing both ears with the thumbs.

Vibration reverberates the whole skull which makes a very good and great impact on our mind and intellect.

This practice helps to improve internalizing consciousness.

Kevali Pranayama

Kevali Pranayama is also known as kevali Kumbhaka. In this pranayama, we need to concentrate on our breathing when inhaling, rise up the focus from mooldhara chakra (presented at the bottom of the spine) to nasikagra (nose tip).

When exhaling feels the breath from top to bottom on the spine. during this process when the focus is passing after the middle of the spine behind the heart we need to hold the breath when the focus present at Anahata chakra.

This state is called Kevali Kumbhaka or Kevali Pranayama.

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