Pranayama On Full Or Empty Stomach?


(Neha)

Can any pranayama be done on full stomach? Minimum how much time gap should be there between eating something & doing a pranayam..


Neha

Answer
1. Ideal time to do pranayama is early morning on empty stomach. It is preferable to clear your bowels before doing pranayama. You can drink a glass of water or lime juice 15 minutes before doing pranayama. Although it is not advisable, if you are habituated to drink bed tea, drink half a cup.

2. The logic of empty stomach means that when you are doing pranayama your intestines must be clear of waste products and all food stuff you have eaten must be digested by the time you do pranayama. In case process of digestion is on, body's energy will be diverted for digestion process whereas while doing yoga, pranayama all energy must be concentrated towards asanas or pranayama.

3. Generally consider doing pranayama 3 to 4 hours after a meal, 45 minutes after tea, juice or fresh fruits, 15 minutes after drinking water.

4. Eat only sattvik yogic food as it is easy to digest, does not load the digestive system.

Hope it helps
Daljit

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Oct 29, 2016
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Suggest me what I do
by: Anonymous

Sir

I am 30 yrs old I don't have good concentration and very weak memory. Due to this brain problem I feel inferiority complex in me. Some time I think to suicide due to this brain problem. Please help me and suggest me best pranayama for cure this problem. I shall be very thankful to you.

Editors Note
I suggest you learn pranayama and yoga poses from a yoga teacher. Meanwhile start with rhythmic breathing for 10 minutes followed by shavasana for 5 minutes and yoga nidra for 15-20 minutes. Ensure that you follow the correct breathing technique.

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Daljit

Oct 17, 2016
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Kapalbharti and Anulom Vilom time gap
by: Rohit

Hello Sir

I am doing Kapalbhati daily for 20 min. I also want to include Anulom Vilom. Can you please tell me time between these pranayama? Anulom Vilom need to do first or kapalbhati?

Thanks
Rohit

Editors Note

Dear Rohit,

First do kapalabhati and then do anulom vilom. There need not be any time gap after doing kapalabhati.

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Daljit

Sep 23, 2016
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Doing Kapalbhati while reading?
by: Ved

Hello,

I do Kapalbhati 20 mins daily but while doing it I cannot concentrate. My mind keeps on wandering and I keep looking at the time and get tired fast. Since few days I have started reading while doing Kapalbhati and now I can do 20 mins at a stretch without getting tired. Is it fine to read while doing kapalbhati?

Editors Note
Yoga breathing is not a mechanical process. It demands focus on what you are doing with complete awareness.

I suggest your yoga practice to include few yoga poses. After that sit in any meditative post, close your eyes and do rhythmic breathing for 5 minutes. Gradually increase the duration of rhythmic breathing. Once you are able to focus for longer duration, you can try doing kapalabhati.

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Daljit

Sep 22, 2016
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Time Gap Between Kapalbhati & Food intake ?
by: Anonymous

Hello Daljit Ji,

I do pratice kapalbhati early morning after yogasanas and really enjoy it doing.

One thing I would like to ask, what if I want to repeat kapalbhati and anulom vilom in evening around 6.00 or 6.30, because I usually take lunch around 1.15 to 1.30 in afternoon. And then I take take my dinner latest by 7.30 pm.

Is this way advisable?

Editors Note
If you are not too tired and have sufficient energy, you can do kapalabhati and pranayama in the evening. Point to be noted is that you must feel energized and relaxed after doing pranayama in the evening.

Hope it helps
Daljit


Sep 05, 2016
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Asthma and allergy
by: Anonymous

Hello

I am suffering from allergic asthma I do pranayama regularly i.e kapalbhati 15 mins and anulom vilom 15 mins. Is this OK or shall I increase time.

Editors Note
If you are feeling better by doing these pranayama, continue doing kapalabhati and anulom vilom. However, instead of increasing duration of these two pranayama, it is recommended to include some yoga poses and other pranayama in your yoga practice.

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Daljit

Aug 24, 2016
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thank you
by: Anonymous

Just wanted to say thank you for sharing this information and answering countless questions. I am sure there are thousands of people who have benefitted from the information you have provided.

Editors Note
Thanks for your appreciation. You can also contribute by sharing your experiences with yoga.

Warm regards
Daljit



Aug 03, 2016
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time duration
by: Vishakha

May I what is the minimum time duration to do kapalbhati,anulom vilom,bhastrika pranayam in a day.

Editors Note
Start gradually with any pranayama and build up the practice slowly over a period of time. Be careful about the duration of kapalabhati and bhastrika, start with 2 to 3 sets of 35 breaths each, provided you do not suffer from high blood pressure. For anulom vilom you can increase the duration gradually up to 15 minutes.

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Daljit

Jul 25, 2016
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Can Pranayama Help Me With Kidney Failure
by: manjeet chhabra

Hello, I am kidney failure patient on dialysis since 14 yrs three times a week. I have blood pressure and sugar. Please advise which asans and pranayam can help me in reducing dialysis. What precautions I should take. Presently I am doing aulom vilom simple for 20 minutes in morning at 4 A.M.

Editors Note
With your present health condition, it will be difficult to offer advice remotely. Follow your doctors advice wrt exercise and diet. You can visit an experienced yoga therapist personally for further guidance. You can carry on with anulom vilom, rhythmic breathing, shavasana, yoga nidra and meditation.

Wishing you good health and happiness.
Daljit

Jul 21, 2016
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How Many Times Can We Do Pranayama per Day
by: Sree

Sir.

I just want to do 4-5 times a day kaphalbhati, anuloma vilom, bhastrika for 5 minutes each followed by meditation. If I practise for longer time does it have any side effects.

Editors Note
1. I suggest do not do pranayama more than twice a day. It is not the number of times but how we do it which is more important.
2. You can gradually increase the time for anulom vilom. But increase duration of kapalabhati and bhastrika very gradually and cautiously.

Hope it helps
Daljit

Jul 01, 2016
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Pranayama on empty stomach
by: Madgata

Hi Daljit

Is it necessary to drink lukewarm water half an hour before doing Pranayama in the early morning? I feel comfortable doing pranayama on empty stomach. Please suggest.

Editors Note
It is not mandatory to drink water before pranayama if you do not feel thirsty and do without it. However, drinking water on getting up in the morning can aid bowel movement before doing yoga.

Hope it helps
Daljit

Jun 18, 2016
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Question regarding pranayam
by: Rashmi

After doing pranayam how much time should let passed for taking bath?

Editors Note
At least 30-40 minutes. Use warm/ hot water in winters.

Hope it helps
Daljit

May 17, 2016
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waiting time after water therapy
by: Anonymous

I drink 4 -5 glass of water first thing in the morning as a part of water therapy.

How long do I have to do pranayama, like bhastrika, anulom vilom and kapalbhati?

Editors Note
You can wait for 20 to 30 minutes.

Warm regards
Daljit

May 09, 2016
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I am suffering with gas problem
by: Anirban

I can not eat any thing because of this problem.
So what should I do to make myself better. And how much time I have to wait for doing pranayama after lunch?

Editors Note
For doing pranayama you need to wait at least 3 hours after eating lunch.

Warm regards
Daljit

Mar 25, 2016
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pranayama
by: Anonymous

How much time I have to wait for taking a cup of tea with biscuits after doing pranayama?

Editors Note
Around 15 to 30 minutes.

Mar 20, 2016
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What should I do empty bowls in morning
by: Akshay

I wake up at around 3:30 to 4 in morning to chant Lords Holy name and worship Him. Inspite of trying so many things, I am not able to empty my bowels in morning, so I am not able to concentrate on my worship and sadhana. I sleep between 9-11 in night. Please let me know what should I do so that, I can empty my stomach as soon as I wake up.
Thank you for your kindness.

Editors Note
Read more about
yoga for constipation. Eat more fiber, eat healthy and do regular exercise. Eat one or more bowl of vegetable salad before meals. Take your dinner by sunset time.

In addition, take one teaspoon of triphala powder in Luke warm water before sleeping for a week. After getting up in the morning drink two glass lukewarm water.

Please do let us know if.this works out.

Warm regards
Daljit

Feb 22, 2016
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Pranayama
by: Anonymous

Can I eat a banana 1 hour before pranayama?

Editors Note
Yes you may eat a banana one hour prior to yoga practice. It is better to eat a banana than doing yoga on hungry stomach.

Hope it helps
Daljit

Jan 06, 2016
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Pranayam & Surya Namaskar
by: Anonymous

Hi Daljit,

Thanks for your reply. It was really helpful. Coming to Pranayam & Surya Namaskar which one we have to do first? Please let me know your comments.
Thanks,
Prem

Editors Note
Pranayama is done after doing asanas. Therefore, first do suryanamaskar and then do pranayama.

Hope it helps
Daljit

Dec 28, 2015
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After pranayam how much time to wait for taking food?
by: Anonymous

I do night shifts and perform pranayam in the afternoon with empty stomach. Is it ok to do pranayam in the afternoon?
Also after doing pranayam how much we need to wait for taking a meal?

Thanks,
Sunny

Editors Note
You can do pranayama on empty stomach in the afternoon. Take meal 30 minutes after doing pranayama.

Hope it helps
Daljit

Jul 15, 2015
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Drinking Coffee before pranayama & Yogasana
by: Anonymous

1. My bowels do not clear without drinking coffee in the morning. So, how long do I need to wait if I want to do pranayama and yoga asanas?

2. Also, if I want to do Pranayama & yoga asanas in the evening, what is a good time and please let me know the timing of the food/drinks after and before.

Thank you
Katrina Kaif

Editors Note
1. If it is black coffee, you can do yoga practice after 15-20 minutes, if it is coffee with milk and sugar around half an hour gap should be there. Gradually try to replace coffee with herbal tea and it may also be beneficial for you.

2. In the evening do yoga around sun set time. You must not eat any meal 3 hours prior to yoga. After yoga practice you can have food approx 30 minutes after yoga practice.

You can read more on the topic foods to eat before and after yoga.

Hope this helps
Daljit


Jun 16, 2015
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Lime Juice+ Honey with warm water before Yoga
by: Anonymous

I have a habit of drinking lime juice+Honey with luke warm water at morning to clear my bowels. How much time i should wait after that to do Yoga+Pranayam?

Editors Note
You can wait for 20-30 minutes before doing yoga.

Warm regards
Daljit

Apr 20, 2015
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Pranayama on non-emptied stomach?
by: Dhanya

Hi,

I want to do pranayama early morning. But, I can't empty bowels early morning. Is it fine to do pranayama on a non-emptied stomach?

Also, how long should we do pranayama so that it will be effective? Whether 10 minutes daily is fine?

Regards,
Dhanya

Editors Note
You can do pranayama on non emptied stomach provided you are not suffering able to clear your bowels once in 24 hours. You can do pranayama for 20 to 30 minutes or more.

Hope it helps
Daljit

Apr 06, 2015
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Yoga And Pranayama Without Clearing Bowels In The Morning
by: Anonymous

I am not able to clear my bowels in the morning. I tried drinking lot of water with lime, but no effect. My bowels get clear between 12:00 to 1:00 PM in the noon and then around 7:00 PM in the evening. It is a regular schedule. So can I do yoga and pranayama in the morning without clearing my bowels? Is it harmful to do so? I have listened from someone that doing yoga and pranayama specially kapalbhati and inverted poses without clear bowels is rather harmful. Is it true?

Editors Note
You can do yoga and other pranayama in the morning without clearing bowels as you are able to regularly clear your bowels.

Hope it helps
Daljit

Mar 25, 2015
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Meals After Pranayam
by: Rahul Khatri

How much difference we should maintain between pranayama and meals?

Editors Note
There should be gap of minimum 3 hours if you want to do pranayama after meals.

Hope this helps.
Daljit

Nov 04, 2014
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Regarding food intake before yoga
by: Vidya

Namaskar,

If I eat a simple breakfast like 4 idlis, should I wait 4 hours before doing Yoga?

I am not able to clear my bowels early morning but I can do Pranayama?

Editors Note

If you take idlis, it will take approximately 3 hours to digest. Instead best option is to take fresh lime juice with honey or fresh fruit juice which may take about 30 minutes to digest. Another option can be to eat a fruit like banana or apple which may take an hour to get digested.

Hope it helps
Daljit

Jun 24, 2014
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Breathing Exercise
by: Reena Pant

Pranaam,

Kindly let me know that how much breathing exercise should be done who undergone umbilical hernia surgery through laproscopy one month before.

Thanks and Regards


Editors Note

You must consult your doctor before starting pranayama. You can start with rhythmic breathing and anulom vilom.

Hope it helps
Daljit

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