Pranayama (Breath Control Meditation)

Nirav V Shah
Aug 28, 2020 · 15 min read

The fourth limb of Ashtanga (8 limb) Yoga is Pranayama. The word pranayama is made up of two words: prana, “vital energy” = that which makes all life and all physical activity possible; and ayama, “expansion”. Pranayama is a method of breathing through which life-supporting energy is expanded.

Yoga (aka union) is achieved by stopping thought waves in the mind. Mental activity is correlated to breath; the more breaths there are, the more thoughts rush through the mind. The practice of pranayama, which involves a series breathing exercises, drastically reduces the…