Why is breath control so important in yoga?

Yoga is derived from the word “YUJ” in Sanskrit which means to join / to unite.  The union envisaged is that of mind and body.  The breath is the key to uniting the mind with the body.  By synchronising each inhalation or each exhalation with each and every movement in yoga asanas the body and mind are united.  The mind has a wondering tendency, so it is easy to lose focus (and thus fail to stay untied).  It is easy to start thinking about the past or start planning for the future; it is therefore all too easy for the mind to leave the body. By focusing on the breath and joining this breath with movement you stay firmly in the present; the here and now.

The breath develops the amount of energy in a person.  If a person gets easily tired and/or has generally low energy levels, then yogic thinking suggests that this is due to a loss of prana vaaya (oxygen) supporting the body to remain active.

If a person forces the breath in yoga asanas then such rapid breathing will create a vacuum effect in the lungs and the actual intake of air will be less.  In such circumstances, that person will tire quickly and become demotivated.  It is therefore important to breathe both naturally and fully.

Prana Vashya Yoga considers the breath as the key channel in directing consciousness towards the pranaPrana is life and living refers to being present; not just physically but consciously.  Through control of breath in yoga a person can develop a healthy mind and body.  Such good health is a pre-requisite for understanding the Self.   So we work to increase our awareness and to develop control over mind and body.

Damian is an authorised teacher of Prana Vashya Yoga.  Damian will be opening a Yoga School at 250 Queens Road, Leicester, LE2 3FU in February 2017.  Spaces will be limited so please register your interest by contacting Damian: damiancadmanjones@gmail.com  Tel: 0777 900 1896

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