Yoga and pranayama are interconnected. Pranayama originated from yogic practices in India. It is an ancient breathing technique that focuses on the breath. The word “Prana” in Sanskrit means vital life force, and “yama” means to gain control. It involves breath control through various styles and methods, which have gained immense popularity in the Western world and worldwide, especially after the recent pandemic. Practicing pranayama enhances life and energy, in addition to providing health benefits for the mind and body. It also offers therapeutic advantages such as mindfulness, stress reduction, improved sleep quality, enhanced lung function, heart health, cognitive performance, and digestive system function.
Award-winning author Sundar Balasubramanian, in his book ‘Mind Your Breathing: The Yogi’s Handbook with 37 Pranayama Exercises’, compiles ancient and well-known pranayama exercises, their modified versions for modern times, and some new breathing exercises, all infused with the wisdom of centuries-old practices. The author also shares innovative findings from his ongoing research and studies.