Pranayama and the Importance of the Breath

Pranayama is a yoga practice that is used to regulate the breath through certain techniques and exercises. It literally translates to “breath restraint” in sanskrit.

Most people don’t necessarily think about breathing, nor do they consciously think of finding ways to work on it. It just happens.

I mean, let’s be honest here. Why would anyone think to improve their breath? It’s not a thought that comes across the minds of most in their daily lives. Breathing is such a passive activity of life, that we often times take it for granted.

But you’d be surprised by how much energy and emotion is held within our breath! It’s our life force. It changes when we’re upset, nervous, tense, and relaxed. Expelling your body of old, residual air allows for more quality, oxygen-rich, vital air to fill your body and renew your spirit. It helps create space for new energy and existence to cultivate.

Pranayama resets your mind and can alter your mood. Being able to control and in a sense, improve the breath, we are ultimately improving our inner connection of self to the outside environment. It is our only true connection to the outside environment.

Cherish the connection.

Namaste y’all!

Crystal Osuji