components of pranayama

Components of Pranayama

Here we will discuss the components of Pranayama. Firstly start with understanding the meaning of Pranayama.

“ Prana” means Breathe or energy of the body, and “Ayama” means control, which

Combined means Control on Breathe

When a person is angry, his breathing speed increases, its reciprocal is also true when a person is calm, he breathes in a controlled manner and slowly.

Components of Pranayama

Pranayama has 3 components :

  • Purak ( fulfilling, completing ) – Inhalation
  • Kumbhaka ( holding ) – Breath Retention
  • Rechaka ( emptying ) – Exhalation

Puraka

To perform Pranayama, “Purak” is the first phase. “ Puraka” literally means Fulfilling.

Pranayama starts with inhalation of breath. One has to use both of his nostrils to inhale and

While inhaling you might be hearing \ the sound that sound is coming from your throat due to friction of air with the throat.

That sound should come from the upper part of your throat only, and sound coming from your nose is a bad practice.

While inhaling lungs should expand instead of the stomach.

There should not be any break while performing Puraka.

Inhalation must be constant, and its pace should not increase or decrease.

For how much you have to inhale is not fixed, do it as per your convenience, you can gradually increase the time, after someday.

Kumabhaka

“Kumbhaka” is the second phase. Its literal meaning is holding.

Kumbhaka is the retention of breath that we inhale in Puraka. In this process, you should hold the breath as long as you can. Oxygen must fill in your lungs instead of your stomach.

Do not strain yourself.

Rechaka

The last phase of Pranayama is “ Rechaka”. It means Emptying.

The process of exhalation is called Rechaka.

 Do exhalation slowly. Don’t increase the pace or decrease it while performing.

In Rechaka also, you might be hearing the sound this sound should be slow and soothing to the ears.

For many, the ideal time for Rechaka is twice that of Purak.

But do not stick to the time factor, do it as long as you can. You have to focus on exhalation rather than time.

But remember, don’t Hurry Up! The process.

Here we will discuss the components of Pranayama. Firstly start with understanding the meaning of Pranayama.

“ Prana” means Breathe or energy of the body, and “Ayama” means control, which

Combined means Control on Breath

When a person is angry, his breathing speed increases, its reciprocal is also true when a person is calm, he breathes in a controlled manner and slowly.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *