Archives for January 2012

The Healing Power of Breath

Happy New Year!

I wish you and your family health and happiness in the year ahead.

For the last 23 years, I have practiced pranayama every day and it has profoundly transformed my life. Despite recurrent bouts of depression, anxiety and panic attacks over the years, the consistent practice of pranayama has helped me thrive in life.

I start each morning with 10 minutes of  pranayama, an ancient form of deep breathing technique that originated in India, my country of birth. Pranayama is derived from two Sanskrit words – Prana (life force) and Ayama (control). Therefore, in its broadest description, prananyama would mean the control of the flow of life force. The yogis believe if you can control your breath, you can control your life. I have certainly found it to be true.

While there are many forms of pranayama that are highly effective, I practice nadi sodhana pranayama – a form of alternate nostril breathing which induces calmness and tranquility. Among many other benefits, consistent practice of pranayama provides deep relaxation to the body and mind, strengthens the nervous system and respiratory system, improves concentration, and relieves stress, depression and hypertension.

To learn how to perform nadi shodhana pranayama and learn about its many benefits, please click here…

To watch a video of how to perform nadi sodhana pranayama and learn its many benefits, please click here…

 To explore other forms of pranayama, please click here…

I sincerely hope you give pranayama a try, and let me know how it works for you. Thanks!

Wishing you wellness,