The first time you encounter Pranayama can be an unsetlling experience even for a seasoned yogi – being asking to stick your tongue out, cross your eyes and heave out your biggest sigh can be intimidating. But never fear – we guarantee you’ll be loving this yogic breathing exercise in no time.
What is Pranayama?
Pranayama is the practice of controlling your breath or life force (prana). There are a number of different ways that we can do this – by blocking alternate nostrils, rolling our tongues, sticking our tongues out and much more. All of them look pretty silly but make you feel pretty awesome.
What are the benefits of Pranayama?
Each type of Pranayama brings a host of its own benefits – for example, sheetali breath can help to reduce stress or anxiety, whereas alternate nostril breathing helps to clear out toxins. Focusing on the breath also brings a host of mental health benefits, giving you the headspace that you need to stay healthy in today’s busy world!
Next time you come across this strange practice, forget about what people think and enjoy the benefits.