I have come across the following successful cases within my very close circle of relatives and friends and I narrate to justify the effect of Pranayam and to provide an insight and motivate you all to possibly adopt in your busy or lazy life style. It costs you only 20 to 30 minutes of your valuable time. It is worth living trouble free life instead of searching for the hospital that caters to your medical needs supported by your Health Insurance!!.
Case-1: The gentleman had very high triglyceride for over 15 years despite regular work outs and controlling the diet. Doctor related this to his body metobolism and put him on medicine. He adpoted pranayam and within 3 months the level came down from 300 to 126.
Case-2: The gentleman with high BP now lives with normal BP within 15 days from the start of the pranayam and Anilom Vilom does wonders for BP. His level was 95/160 got normalised to 85/125 and bp medicine stopped.
Case-3: A lady with thyroid problem, her health has improved and thyroid problem brought under control with pranayam and in paerticular the Ujjai pranayam does wonders.
The Part-3 will address, how to do and how much to do . Beginners should note how much to do because the bad actors in your body tends to discourage you by developing some shooting pains now and then. Hence it is preferable to start in low profile and gradually increase over a period of time to avoid such discouraging symptoms till your body metabolism is slowly put to change. Your body is the right indicator to know how much to do in the initial stage. Do not stretch or overdo.
Some rules of Pranayam
1. Select a clean and peaceful place for doing Pranayam.
2. Sit either in any of the Asanas, viz. Sukhasana, Padmasana, Arddha Padmasana or Sidhasana whichever you find convenient.
3. The sheet or cloth (cotton or wool etc.) on which you sit must be a non-conductor of electricity.
4. Breathe only through the nose, because by doing so the air which you take in, is filtered.
5. Like 'Yog', Pranayam should also be performed four or five hours after taking food. In the morning Pranayam should be done after finishing daily routine acts like cleansing mouth, emptying of bowels etc
6. Keep your mind calm and composed. However, Pranayam can also calm down the disturbed mind and keep one happy.
7. Methods of Pranayam may be varied according your own physical make up and mental attitude.
8. Do not over do or put pressure or force while doing pranayam. If you feel fatigued in the course of doing Pranayam , rest for sometime and then begin deep breathing, which will remove the fatigue.
9. Pregnant women, hungry persons, persons suffering from fever and those who are lustful having no control on their passions should not do Pranayam.
10. Do not strain yourself while doing 'Kumbhak' i.e. retaining the breathed air inside or keeping the air out after exhaling (Breathing in is called 'puraka', retaining the breathed air in is called 'Kumbhak' and exhaling the air is called 'Recak').
11. Pranayam does not mean just breathing in, keeping the breathed air in and exhaling it. It also means establishing control on the entire breathing process, and maintaining mental equilibrium, and concentration of mind.
12. Peaceful mind is very essential while doing Pranayam .
13. See that while doing Pranayam , none of your organs such as mouth, eyes, nose, etc. feels any strain. All the organs of the body should be kept in normal condition. While doing Pranayam sit in an erect posture. Keep your spine and neck straight. This is essential for reaping the full benefits.
14. You may start by watching others. But it is always preferable to take expert guidance to fine tune to achieve perfection. It is for sure that pranayam does not cause any negative effect if it is not done accurately but the benefits will be slow.
Following the above rules and practising pranayam is solely individual skill and passion and blogger does not bear any responsibility whatsoever.
Courtesy:Baba Ramdev's demonstration on ZEE TV and http://www.divyayoga.com/
"To keep the body in good health is a duty... otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear." ~Buddha