CRITICAL ANALYSIS OF PRANAYAMA IN SWAASTHYA RAKSHANA – A REVIEW
*Dr. Sowmya M. N. and Dr. Nanjammanni N.
Prana is the breath of life of all beings in the universe, they are born through and live by it. When they die their individual breath dissolves into the cosmic breath. The practice of Pranayama helps to cleanse the Nadis (tubular structure through which energy flows). There are several Nadis in the body and most of them start from the areas of the heart and navel. Pranayama keeps the Nadis in a healthy condition and prevents their decay. This in turn brings about changes in the mental attitude of the individual. The rate and depth of reaching are self-regulated through the nervous system to meet the purpose of breathing to supply in a regulated and controlled way the fresh oxygen which is constantly needed by the cells and to discharge the carbon dioxide accumulated in them. Hence a proper pranayama techniques like Nadi shuddi, Shitali, Shitkari, Bramari practice along with moderate, nutritious diet can regulate the lungs and nervous system to function efficiently and promotes better and healthier life.
Keywords: Pranayama, Nadi.
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