Can I Start Practicing Pranayam Without Doing Any Asana

by Sukumar
(Chennai)

Can I start practicing Pranayama (alom vilom) without doing another asana? Because I am going to start now. I am healthy and 30 year old man.


Answer

As per Patanjali, pranayama should be practiced only after perfection in asana is obtained. First one must improve the fitness level of your body to absorb the prana or energy released during pranayama.

However, if you are physically fit and plan to do alom vilom only, you can start pranayama without learning any asana. Practice rhythmic breathing before starting with Pranayama as this will correct your breathing pattern.

1. If you are not doing yoga asanas, at least warm up for few minutes by doing stretching exercises or surya namanskar (3-4 rounds).

2. You should be able to maintain the sitting pose (padmasana, vajrasana or sukhasana) comfortably for the duration of pranayama practice. Your posture for pranayama should be erect and steady without much movement.

3. While doing pranayama, do not strain the lungs. Any time you feel any discomfort stop the breathing exercises. End the pranayama practice with little bit of meditation say 5 to 10 minutes.

4. As you start with pranayama, you may feel some emotions, itchiness or tingling feeling due to release of toxins from the body. If the symptoms go away with practice, it is fine otherwise seek help of a yoga teacher.

5. Finally relax in shavasana for 5-10 minutes to achieve complete relaxation of the body.

Hope this helps
Daljit

References
Yoga Breathing
Guidelines for pranayama
Rhythmic breathing




Click here to post comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Yoga Breathing.

Recent Articles

  1. Yoga Practice and Low Energy Levels

    Aug 28, 16 05:36 PM

    Hi..I went through your site, the way you handle queries is just amazing. I have a query that I have been practising yoga for last 2 months regularly.

    Read More

  2. Raj Sinha

    Aug 09, 16 03:23 PM

    Hi Daljit Kaur, First of all, I must congratulate you for your good work you are doing for social cause. It's not so easy to spare time and devote valuable

    Read More

  3. Is Raw Vegan Diet Optimal For Yoga And Health?

    Aug 09, 16 01:31 PM

    For the past month, I have been extensively studying vegan diet. I have been a vegan for a month and a half and I feel better than before. I even feel

    Read More

Get Site Updates In Your E-Mail

Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner