Pranayam should be done before or after performing other asanas?

(August 20, 2012)

Pranayama or the Yogic deep breathing technique is highly beneficial in many different ways. It helps reduce stress, promote relaxation, improve sleep habits and increase circulation all over the body. However, it is important to be aware of the right pranayama rules, so that you do not practice this breathing technique incorrectly. Most people only focus on inhalation, even though equal importance needs to be given to complete and proper exhalation. Another important factor to keep in mind about pranayama is the best time to practice it.

What is the best time to do pranayama?

For pranayama the best time to do it is early in the morning. Alternately, you can also practice this breathing technique at sunset. This technique should be performed on an empty stomach, which means that you need to wait for at least three hours after eating, to practice it.

In case you are adding pranayama to your regular yoga routine, make sure that you practice the breathing techniques after performing all your yoga poses. However, after the pranayama it is best for you to relax in the Shavasana (The Corpse Pose) for a few minutes. Yogic experts claim that practicing pranayama after other yoga poses allow the pranic energy to flow more freely through your body. Therefore, the benefits of pranayama can be increased by trying it after the asana practice.

Submitted by G M on August 20, 2012 at 12:55

Is it ok to drink water before Pranayama?

Yoga is a very effective holistic discipline that helps an individual balance his mental as well as physical characteristics. It is purely based on focusing the energies from within the body to a healthier well being and existence. Pranayama is a set of breathing exercises that helps you get better control over your inhalation, exhalation as well as ability to hold onto your breath. This helps to improve control over your own body. Drinking water before Pranayama should be done 30 minutes before you start the exercise. In the event that you consume water or any kind of beverage, you are likely to experience a certain amount of irritation as well as discomfort while performing the Pranayama.

Factors like the kind of clothing you wear will also play a part in how comfortably you are able to perform the exercise and it is highly recommended that you limit your clothing during yoga workouts to lose fitting, cotton clothes. With regards to eating, no foods should be consumed for up to four hours before you start the exercise. In order for you to experience the full benefits of the exercise, it is imperative that you perform them on a regular and daily basis.

Submitted by s s on August 20, 2012 at 12:55

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