Precautions for Pranayama Practice

by H.R. Bhavsar
(Dondaicha, Maharashtra, India)

What care should we take while doing pranayama practice?


Answer
Here are some generalised precautions before starting pranayama.

1. If you have any chronic medical condition, seek advice of your doctor and yoga teacher before starting pranayama.

2. Pranayama should be practiced only after one has gained control over body by mastering the asanas. Pranayama practice generates prana energy in the body and yoga asana practice removes the blockages of nadis which conducts prana energy throughout the body.

3. Always breathe through the nose unless specifically asked to do so.

4. There should not be any strain during pranayama practice. Lungs are delicate organ; ensure that your breathing is not forced beyond limits.

5. Do not make loud sounds during breathing. Keep the breath rhythmic and steady.

6. Pranayama should not be practiced immediately after meals. You can do pranayama at least three hours after meals. Remember a heavy meal will take much longer to get digested. For example if you do pranayama in evening, eat a healthy lunch which gets digested by the time you start pranayama.

7. Beginners should not hold breath. When you become comfortable with basics of pranayama, learn to hold breath under the guidance of an expert teacher after mastering the basics of yoga breathing.

8. If you feel tiredness or discomfort, stop doing pranayama, lie down in shavasana while carrying out normal breathing. Consult your yoga teacher before starting with pranayama again.

9. Do not practice pranayama if you are too tired, relax for 10-15 minutes in shavasana before doing pranayama.

10. If you do yoga asanas and pranayama, practice yoga asanas before pranayama. After practicing asanas, relax in shavasana before doing pranayama. Do not do any strenuous exercise after pranayama.

11. Pranayama should not be practiced in a hurry.

12. Do pranayama outdoors or in a well ventilated room.

13. Pranayama should not be practiced when the lungs are congested.

Kapalbhati, bhastrika pranayama is prohibited for people suffering from heart disease, high blood pressure or hernia. For kapalabhati, exhalation must be gentle for beginners, do not use excessive force.

Shitkari pranayama is prohibited for people with low blood pressure. Do not practice this pranayama in winters.

Do not do Suryabhedi in summers and Chandrabhedi in winters.

Agnisar Pranayama should not be done by people with hernia, high blood pressure and also not after any stomach surgery.

Hope this helps.
Daljit

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Nov 17, 2016
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Head injuries and role of pranayam
by: Anonymous

Dear Sir,

I have history of head injuries, birth traumas and later too accident. Can pranayama help me heal my brain scars and get me off from mild anti convulsant drug neurologist gives me for prophylaxis, to prevent from having fits, the allopathic med is causing lot of side effects on liver, kidneys and bone marrow.

Kindly suggest

Editors Note
With multiple health issues you need to meet a yoga therapist to learn the poses and pranayama most suitable to you. Definitely pranayama can help but pranayama practice needs to be tailored for your specific needs. In case you have some experience of yoga, please contact me for specific advice.

Hope it helps
Daljit

Nov 02, 2016
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Pranayama sitting on the bed..
by: Priya

Hello Sir

Can we do pranayama sitting on bed like bhastrika, anulom vilom and kapalbhati and any other pranayama? Please answer.

Editors Note
It is not recommended to do pranayama sitting on the bed as it will be very difficult to maintain correct sitting posture and erect spine. Sit in sukhasana, vajrasana, sidhasana or padmasana by placing your yoga mat on the floor.

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Daljit

Oct 18, 2016
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Pranayama
by: Anonymous

Hello sir,

My age is 27. I have rheumatoid arthritis problem for last 5 years. I'm doing Pranayama and Kriya in the morning. And now I have started to go cycling for one hour in the morning. My doubt is can I do Pranayama and Kriya after going cycling or before cycling?

And can you please suggest other Yoga practices which helps for my Rheumatoid Arthritis problem?

Thank You

Editors Note
I suggest after cycling take rest and do yoga.
For specific consultation, you can fill up my yoga therapy consultation form.

Hope it helps
Daljit


Oct 17, 2016
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Head Pressure
by: Anonymous

Namaskar,

I have developed constant head pressure from daily pranayama practice. I have stopped practice for 6 months and no relief with head pressure please give your advice.

Thank you.

Editors Note
Any side effect of pranayama cannot last for six months. Please consult your doctor and then if everything is fine, find a yoga teacher locally to learn yoga under guidance. A yoga teacher can suggest variations as per your fitness and flexibility levels.

Hope this helps
Daljit


Sep 30, 2016
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Restriction in pranayama
by: Sethuraman M

I used to do regularly pranayama as per Brahmavidya. I have been operated for the ear drum a month before. Is there any restriction in doing pranayama after such operation? If so up to what period of time?

Editors Note
Please do pranayama only after getting clearance from your doctor so as to ensure that complete healing has taken place.

Hope it helps
Daljit

Sep 21, 2016
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Food after Pranayam
by: Rahul

After how much time should we have our food if we do light pranayam?

Is a gap of 15-20 minutes sufficient after gym for pranayam?

Editors Note
You can eat preferably 30 minutes after doing pranayama. You can have a gap of 15-20 minutes after gym for pranayama.

Hope it helps
Daljit

Sep 21, 2016
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Chronic ear infection
by: Anonymous

Hello,

I am suffering from chronic ear infection due to which there is discharge in my ear. Its been almost 9 months now, but still not cured. Taken many antibiotics also. Doctor has advised me to do pranayama. Have been practicing pranayam for 1-2 months now for 30 mins. Doctor is saying the eustachian tubes are blocked. Will pranayam help in curing this. Also how long will it take? And which all pranayama should be done?

Editors Note
You need to consult your doctor or a yoga therapist in person to get the requisite advice.

Good luck
Daljit

Sep 21, 2016
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Snoring
by: Sandeep

Hello

I am suffering from snoring since 2 years. I done sleep study and it revealed that I have sleep apena (mild stage) but I only wake up once or twice in the night not more. Doctor suggested me to go with cpap device. But I read somewhere that if I start to use this device it I'll reduce my throat muscles more worse what it current situation. While am digging I have seen ujayi pranayam can help me to cure snoring 100% by strengthening the throat muscles and airway will be open during deep sleep.

Editors Note
It is better to follow doctors advice.

At the same time work towards reducing your weight on top most priority. Also, start with yoga practice and focus on ujjayi breathing.

Hope this helps
Daljit

Sep 19, 2016
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Pranayama
by: Neel

Dear Sir

I am doing the pranayama in the morning as follows:
Anulom Vilom
KapalBhati
Ujjai pranayama
Bhastrika
3 om count
and finally : Sudarshan kriya

Is it ok do the pranayama in this way. Please advise.

Editors Note
You must keep doing Sudarshan Kriya as learnt from Art of Living teacher and you must clarify your doubt from him.

In addition to Sudarshan Kriya, if you want to do other pranayama, learn the proper technique and preferably do it some other time of the day. For example do Sudarshan Kriya in the morning and other pranayama in the evening.

Hope it helps
Daljit




Sep 17, 2016
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Pranayama
by: Indranil

I have the problem of acid reflux. Also doctor said I am suffering from GERD. I am obese and having blood sugar. What are the pranayama that I should practice? No yoga teacher is available near by where I live.

Editors Note
It will not be possible to advise pranayama without face to face consultation.

However, it is essential that you start with regular walking for 4-5 km depending on your present health condition with prior consultation with your doctor. Take a diet chart from a dietician and follow it strictly.

You may consider starting with rhythmic deep breathing for 5-10 minutes followed by aum recitation (11 times). It is recommended to seek consultation with a yoga teacher for starting yoga.

Hope it helps
Daljit

Aug 19, 2016
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Request for suitable Pranayam
by: Mohan Saran

I am suffering from obesity, BP, Sugar, nose blockage, deviated septum, sleep apnea, constant headache, knee pain, had bypass surgery 5 years back. Kindly suggest some Pranayama.

Editors Note
Dear Mohan

You need to seek professional consultation for your diet. You need to consult an experienced yoga therapist for learning some yoga asanas, pranayama, meditation, dietary advice and life style changes. You can do rhythmic breathing and anulom vilom but learn the correct technique under guidance.

Hope it helps
Daljit

Aug 19, 2016
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Dust Allergy
by: Tarun

Hi, I have dust allergy, this results in running nose, sneezing, irritating nose and eyes. Can you please suggest which pranayam will be beneficial to reduce the allergy problem?

Thanks.

Editors Note
Dear Tarun

Start with regular yoga practice of asanas and pranayama. This will improve your immunity as well as improve the lung capacity. Do asanas with proper breathing. You may do rhythmic breathing, anulom vilom and ujjayi breathing. You can also practice jal neti and after that put 2-3 drops of slightly warm (bearable temperature) desi ghee in each nostril.

Hope this helps
Daljit

Aug 08, 2016
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kapalbhati in sleeping position
by: Anonymous

Can kapalbhati done while lying down (supine position)?

Editors Note
Kapalabhati should be done sitting in any meditative seating pose; sukhasana(easy pose), padmasana (lotus pose) or vajrasana (thunderbolt pose). If you cannot sit on your mat, sit on edge of a chair with back and neck erect.

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Daljit

Aug 05, 2016
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pahle kya karna chahiye
by: sony

What we should first, Anulom Vilom or kapalabhati, I am a beginer..

Editors Note
First do asanas, then kapalabhati and anulom vilom.

Hope it helps
Daljit

Aug 04, 2016
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hirsutism
by: Anonymous

Are the pranayams helpful for curing hirsutism (people who have unwanted hair on their chins and upperlip area)?

Editors Note
A sustained and vigorous yoga practice can help you to balance your hormone levels and may cure hirsutism. Start doing yoga with proper guidance.

All the best
Daljit

Jul 31, 2016
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Respected Sir
by: Akshay Gupta

Sir i want to ask you, can we lie down after shirshasana or stand straight?

Editors Note
After shirshasana come to shashankasana for a minute and then rest in shavasana.

Hope it helps
Daljit

Jul 19, 2016
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What are the asanas to be done for controling body?
by: malini

I done pranayama today after a long time and I feel good but what are the asanas to be done to control our body?

Editors Note
You can start with a generic sequence that exercises major organs of the body. Do not focus on only on few asanas sselectively.

Hope it helps
Daljit

Jun 24, 2016
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Anulm vilom
by: Anonymous

Respected sir,

I want to ask while inhaling during anulom vilom, our stomach should go in or it should come out. Please clear my doubt as when I do anulom vilom, while inhaling my stomach goes in and while exhaling my stomach comes put is it correct or not?

Editors Note
While inhaling our stomach should come out. With practice you can correct it. Sharing a you tube video for your reference.



Hope this helps
Daljit

Jun 12, 2016
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Sinusitis
by: Anonymous

I am having chronic sinusitis, would this effect my pranayama practice (and in meditation)?

Editors Note
If your nasal passage is clear you can do pranayama. No, it will not effect meditation at all. Learn to do jal neti for sinusitis.

Hope it helps
Daljit

Jun 08, 2016
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Confusion about pranayama
by: Anonymous

Dear Sir

Some people even Baba RamDev asks people to do kapalbhati and bhastika for curing high bp but some say No. What should be done actually in high bp condition.
Secondly Please tell the rhythmic breathing method for high High BP patient. Is it shallow breathing or it is abdominal breathing.
Thanks in Advance.
Amreesh

Editors Note
Hello Amreesh

Doing kapalabhati for high bp patients is not recommended, unless it is done under specific supervision of a yoga therapist. Rhythmic breathing is just breathing deeply with rhythm and doing abdominal breathing.

Hope this helps
Daljit

Jun 07, 2016
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yoga practice
by: Anonymous

Respected sir

Taking rest for 5 minutes, I drink around one liter water after kapalabhati paranayam . Am i going good?

Editors Note
Your logic of drinking water after pranayama is not understood. Otherwise after 30-40 minutes after pranayama you can drink water (too cold or chilled water not recommended).

Better approach can be to drink one liter water after getting up in the morning and approx 45 minutes before yoga practice.

Hope it helps.
Daljit

Jun 01, 2016
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Anulom Vilom without Yoga teacher
by: Anonymous

Hello

I am suffering from anxiety and panic attacks. I am practicing anulom vilom pranayama. What is the best way to practice as I have heard if it is not done correctly it can be harmful to lungs. I am doing it on my own and i do not have any Yoga teacher.

Can you please suggest would it be okay if I do it without supervision of Yoga teacher. Though I have seen videos online.

Thanks

Editors Note
You can read more about guidelines for pranayama and precautions for pranayama on this site and any other site. It is preferable that you do some easy yoga poses, then take rest in shavasana and do pranayama. You do start with more of rhythmic breathing and gradually start anulom vilom pranayama. When using yoga as therapy there is no substitute for an experienced yoga teacher. But if you want to proceed on your own, read more and more, understand properly and do not hurry. Stop practice if it is not comfortable.

If you have any further query you can contact me.

Warm regards
Daljit

May 27, 2016
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Need Suggestion
by: Anonymous

Can I do kaplabhati and asans at a time that means in morning?

Editors Note
You can do asanas, then take rest in shavasana for 3-5 minutes and do kapalabhati.

Warm regards
Daljit

May 26, 2016
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Surya Namaskar And Bahya Pranayama
by: Anonymous

Hello

I am 23 year old, was doing surya namaskar from past 9 years.

1. I didn't felt any lower back pain but since last year it started to cause pain in lower back(constantly).

2. I started bahya pranayam from past 6 months there is pain in right portion of stomach(liver may be). Even though I have benefited from pranayam but the pain really hurts.

3. If I go for medical checkup they(doctors) simply snatch money instead of giving proper medicine.

By taking Rajiv Dikshits suggestion I used choona(calcium) for back pain but what if it may cause weight gain? So I left it.

So please suggest me the pain is still hurting me.

Editors Note
If back is paining, do not do any asana without seeking medical advice.

Also stop the practice of pranayama and find out the cause of pain.

Thereafter learn yoga from a yoga teacher.

Hope it helps
Daljit

May 26, 2016
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kapalbhati practise
by: Anonymous

Since a months ago i got to know that i have erectile dysfunction. Is kapalbhati paranaya could cure it.

Editors Note
Doing kaplabhati without any guidance may do harm. Doing only one pranayama is not recommended. Start a balanced yoga practice first.

Warm regards
Daljit

May 22, 2016
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Kapalbhati problems - coughing, shortness of breath
by: Anonymous

I tried doing kapalbhati as I saw on TV and I done it wrong. I done it for about 5 minutes and I started coughing for a week or so and I had breathing difficulties. I stopped doing it immediately but then tried it again but again have a coughing, chest pain problem and breathing difficulties and they wont go away now.

I am never going to do it unsupervised again. How do I recover from the coughing/breathing difficulties? Are the effects from this severe?

Thanks

Editors Note
If you stop doing kapalabhati, your breathing should become normal. If still problem persists, consult a doctor or a yoga teacher.

All the best
Daljit

May 18, 2016
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Breathless feeling
by: Tinku

I have tried pranayama and gave up many times. Because I feel fine for 2/3 days of practice but after then, feel shortness of breath practicing it. Four years ago, I was diagnosed shortness of breath due to excessive anxiety. ECG also done. Its okay. Please guide me.

Editors Note
Hope you are medically fit now for doing yoga. The problem with breathing can be due to lack of proper rest, anxiety, doing breathing in a hurry or wrong technique.
Just try to do rhythmic breathing for 10 minutes, Aum recitation for 21 times followed by yoga nidra for 10 minutes. Your aim should be to relax completely. After a week or so include anulom vilom pranayama after rhythmic breathing. Meanwhile look out for a yoga class to learn and do yoga in a group.

Hope this helps. Please do share about your progress with us.
Daljit

May 11, 2016
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Headache with Bhastrika
by: Anonymous

Sir I get headache between eyebrows slightly above (on forehead) after doing bhastrika. I learned it in art of living course. Everytime I do bhastrika I get a bad headache and I get angry.

Editors Note
You may consult your art of living teacher. You may stop doing bhastrika for time being. Continue with other asanas and breathing taught to you for a month. After that you can try bhastrika once again.

Hope this helps
Daljit

May 08, 2016
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about kapalbhati
by: Nitin patil

I have constant right lower mild abdominal pain. Can I do kapalbhati?

Editors Note
No, as kapalabhati puts pressure on the abdominal wall. Please seek medical advice to find out the cause of abdominal pain.

Hope it helps
Daljit

Apr 19, 2016
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anulom vilom after heavy work out
by: Chowdhury Aminul Islam

Can I do anulom vilom after a heavy work out (not yoga) in the morning? Please shed some light on this issue.

Editors Note
You may do anulom vilom after heavy work out provided you take adequate rest to cool down your body and then take rest in shavasana for 5 minutes before doing pranayama.

Apr 14, 2016
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Heart patient
by: Anonymous

What are the pranayama that heart patients should only.not do?

Editors Note
Do not do any pranayama without seeking permission from your doctor.
Learn how to do rhythmic breathing and anulom vilom pranayama from an experienced teacher.

Hope it helps
Daljit

Apr 11, 2016
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lung recovery?
by: Anonymous

I have a 4 year pranayama practice (and longer yoga practice).I am currently recovering from pneumothorax which may have been caused by over-enthusiastic krias or kapalabhati.

This health challenge is an opportunity to deepen my learning about breath. I will likely never find out if it was Krias or Khapalavati that led to the hole in my lung (I am otherwise very healthy), but I believe I can use pranayama to heal.

I am wondering what you would suggest for healing with the use of pranayama.

Editors Note
You may practice rhythmic deep breathing after taking permission from your doctor.

Warm regards
Daljit

Apr 08, 2016
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feeling sleepy after doing yoga
by: Anonymous

From last 15 days I have been doing Pranayam.After doing Pranayam I feel very sleepy. After taking 1-2 hour nap I feel refreshed. Usually take almost 5 hour sleep before doing Pranayam. I start my day with walk of 15-20 minutes then I take break of 5 minutes then I do anulom vilom, ujjayi and brahmari pranayam and one eye exercise there is gap of 4-5 minutes among these pranayam. So I want to know is there any side effect which is making me feel sleepy after doing pranayam or is it due to lack of sleep. My TSH level(hormone level) is also low which is the main cause of hyperthyroidism. Doctor has advised me to do above mentioned pranayama, improve sleeping cycle and take proper diet which I am following.

Editors Note
It may be due to lack of sleep. You may consider sleeping for 7 to 8 hours.

Hope it helps
Daljit

Apr 05, 2016
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Pranayam
by: Anonymous

Dear sir,

I suffer from anxiety. But i do pranayam without any difficulty. But it is necessary for me to practice it under a teacher. If it is, can you help me to teach at least the proper basics for a beginner.

Editors Note
You can contact me through the contact us link on this site with more details.

Warm regards
Daljit

Mar 28, 2016
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Need suggestions on Ujjayi Breath
by: PM

Thanks for all your suggestions and I found them useful and pertinent for me. I've frequent feeling of heaviness in chest and at the same or different times, I feel restlessness in my calves. This is more when I feel stressed but nowadays it has grown and even during resting periods, I don't feel rested. I was told I can practice Ujjayi breath besides other things. I tried and found it to be very useful and I feel instant relaxation. My question is, can I practice Ujjayi breath for short periods anytime when I feel like this? Should there be any minimum gap between food and ujjayi breath? Thank you very much for your help.

Editors Note
I suggest do walking or yoga also before pranayama.
You may practice rhythmic breathing, anulom vilom and then ujjayi breath. Initially you can do more of rhythmic breathing say for around 10 minutes.
You may practice rhythmic breathing or ujjayi for 2-3 times whenever you get some time but ensure that stomach is empty and you are not dead tired.
Ideally practice on empty stomach early morning.

Hope this helps
Daljit

Mar 24, 2016
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combiening exercise and pranayama
by: Anonymous

How to combine physical exercise and pranayama.What to do first?

Editors Note
First do your exercises. Cool down your body. Then take five minutes rest in shavasana and do pranayama.

Warm regards
Daljit

Mar 23, 2016
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Constipation and yoga
by: Chaitanya

Sir I have constipation.My bowels are not clear. I go for stools once a 2 days and they don't even get completely empty .what can I do to improve my digestive system and clear my bowels.what yoga can I do? Can I do pranayam? Thank you.

Editors Note
Hello Chaitanya
You need to start regular yoga and pranayama. Eat simple sattvik food and take more of green vegetables and salads. Drink enough water during the day.Take early dinner and sleep well.

Hope it helps
Daljit

Mar 09, 2016
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Beginning pranayam
by: Jayashree

hello,

The article was very usefull, thank you.
I recently have started doing pranayam with the help of some youtube videos, but feel very uncomfortable in breathing after sometimes. Is it because of pranayam. Is it not possible to practice pranayam without a guru, or can i practice it with the help of youtube videos. pls help

Editors Note
Pranayama should be done if you are physically and emotionally fit. Therefore it is advisable to
- Start with yoga asanas folloqed by pranayama
- Learn to do with proper technique from a yoga teacher
However, there are some people who start their practice comfortably by studying YouTube videos and reading extensively on the subject.
If you need specific advice, please contact me.

Warm regards
Daljit

Mar 05, 2016
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Advice reg. Pranayam
by: Vikas

I have the problem anxiety and hypertension. Should i do Pranayama.

Editors Note
For best results, do it under guidance. Meanwhile try doing rhythmic breathing, shavasana and yoga nidra.

Hope it helps
Daljit

Feb 29, 2016
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Skin issues.
by: Anonymous

Dear sir,
I had very fair and elastic skin till last year. Now I have lost the glow completely and it has become very dull and brown. I also have many pimples and the scars of previous ones. I took dermatologist suggested antibiotics but it didn't help. My lips have also become dark from the borders.

It would be very kind of you to suggest me what yoga or pranayam to do. Also when to do them, whether on empty stomach in the morning or in the evening.

Editors Note
You may need to check with your doctor for any hormonal imbalance. You may start one hour yoga practice daily and it will help.

Warm regards
Daljit

Feb 25, 2016
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Sore throat after pranayama
by: Neha

Hello,

I am a classical singer and take medicine for hypothyroidism, I have a problem of my right throat being sore. Hence I was recommended pranayama and vocal exercises.

Whenever I do pranayama, my voice becomes hoarse and remains like that for sometime, I am a beginner in pranayam, is this normal?

Please suggest appropriate pranayams in sequence to me.

Thank You!

Editors Note
Hello Neha

Doing pranayama should not make your voice hoarse. Have you learned to do pranayama properly?
Please mention which pranayama are you doing and the duration?

Warm regards
Daljit


Feb 06, 2016
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Query regarding pranayam
by: Neelam

Hello!! I have a query. I go for evening walks. After walking for half an hour I take a break for 5-10 mins. And during that time I do stretching and some breathing exercises. And then continue to walk again. Is it wrong to do that? Can't breathing exercise be done in between walking?

Editors Note
In the break, you can do stretching exercises. Pranayama session is not recommended. However, you may do deep breathing. It is recommended that you do pranayama after completing your walk.

Hope this works
Daljit

Feb 03, 2016
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Frequent cold, running nose and weight gain
by: Vikas

Dear Sir,

Thank you for this wonderful information site.

I had attended Shivanand Yoga Vacation course way back in 2009 for 14 days and was taught the basics there.

Editors Note
Dear Vikas

Your query has been answered as a webpage Frequent Cold Running Nose and Yoga

Warm regards
Daljit

Jan 29, 2016
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Query
by: Swapna

Hello

My father in law wake up at night at 2:30 A.M and perform yoga. Is it the right time to do yoga?

Editors Note
Though this time is too early, but if he sleep early and takes around 7 hours of sleep, it should not be a problem.

Hope it helps
Daljit

Jan 24, 2016
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Hormonal acne
by: Sakshi

I do 20 min of kapalbhati and 15 min of anulom vilom in morning and 15 min of anulom vilom in evening. Since I am suffering from pcos so my main concern is the hormonal acne on my face. So please guide me if doing these two pranayam can help balancing my hormones and also help clear my skin. And if it can then in how many months will I get to see the results :)

Editors Note
It will be more beneficial if you can do yoga poses before pranayama in the morning session. Also take care to eat healthy. You will start feeling better in weeks, balancing of hormones may take few months. As toxins are removed from body by yoga practice, acne problem will also reduce. Focus on yoga practice with positive mind and results will be there.

Hope this helps
Daljit

Jan 10, 2016
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Pranayama
by: Anonymous

After how many minutes we can eat doing kapalbhati? Is it necessary to do all prayanams serially? or we can do according to our choice? Is it necessary to perform only after toilet?

Editors Note

1. You can eat 30 minutes after kapalabhati.
2. You can do pranayama in the following sequence.
Bhastrika followed by kapalabhati, ujjayi, anulom vilom, bhramri and Aum recitation. You can select any or all pranayama based on your expertise and time availability.
3. Pranayama should be done on empty stomach. Preferably bowels should also be cleared. In case it is not possible, you can do pranayama before clearing the bowels, provided chronic constipation is not there.

Hope it helps
Daljit

Jan 08, 2016
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Leaving yoga after healing
by: Anonymous

Hello

If our problem gets healed from root after doing yoga and if we leave yoga afterwards then, will our problem come back or we will be fine for rest of the life?

Editors Note

It is not recommended to stop doing yoga once a disease is cured. A given disease may reoccur if the conditions that created the disease in the first place are not addressed. If you stop doing yoga, due to lack of exercise, performance of various body organs will suffer and may lead to disease.

Hope it helps
Daljit

Jan 08, 2016
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Yoga In Pregnancy
by: Anonymous

Hello,

I am 3 months pregnant. So can I perform yoga (kapalbhanti,anulom vilom)? Can I perform it at the normal rate of breathing as normal people perform? Or will it have adverse effects?

Editors Note
In case you are thinking of starting yoga now without any previous experience, do yoga under guidance of a yoga teacher.

Warm regards
Daljit

Jan 06, 2016
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Kapalbhati after ceaserian
by: Anonymous

Hello

I underwent c section 2 months ago. Can I start practicing pranayam including kapalbhati now?

Editors Note
You can start with rhythmic breathing and anulom vilom. After c section, ideally you must wait for 6 months before doing kapalabhati.

Hope it helps
Daljit

Jan 02, 2016
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Adverse effects of pranayama
by: Anonymous

I am suffering from adverse affects of kapalbhati after doing it watching from tv (baba Ramdev Show). I can not concentrate and my mind gets clouded. I cant understand a situation as a result of which I have become very irritable. Help me somehow. My life has become kind of hell.
Can you suggest me any ideas?

Editors Note
1. Stop your yoga/ pranayama practice, unless you learn under guidance of a yoga teacher.
2. Try to do shavasana and yoga nidra, it may help you.

Hope it helps
Daljit

Dec 30, 2015
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About lower back pain
by: Jaya

Namaskar Sir,

I am 27 year old and I have a mild heart problem(from birth-a valve is increased in size )and I suffered it in 2007 and I lost my 36% vision loss in my left eye. I was not on any medication. Doctor advised me to stay fit by yoga and pranayams. I started these but in this duration I am still preparing for exams and my sitting hours make me tired.
I practiced suryanamaskar and vrikshasan padamasana, vajrasana, bhramri, anulom vilom and some physical exercises and at last meditation and shavasana. A strange pain happens in my lower back even I touched my last vertebra I can feel my pain. I went to doctor and he advised me not to do yoga. I left them and my pain was gone. But from last one and half month I am doing all above yogas and feling that striking pain...What do I do for this? I cant leave myself with this?

Editors Note
You may consult a yoga teacher in person. However, your pain can be due to excessive exercise, incorrect technique or incorrect posture while sitting in padmasana or for studying.

1. Stop all asanas which require forward bending. Do surya namaskars without forward bending.
2. Correct your sitting posture.
3. Stop doing padmasana.

Hope it helps
Daljit
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Dec 25, 2015
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Hypothyroid
by: Tarani

Hi.
I am from Bangladesh, I have hypothyroid, doing free hand exercise, yoga (sinhasana, sarbvanghasana, matsyasana, surya namaskar etc.) After yoga I do mudra and then pranayama (bhastrika, kapalbhati, anulom vilom and ujjayi) but after all these I m not feeling well, my weight is decreasing rapidly. I am also taking levothyroxine daily. I don't know where the problem is, i think problem is in doing ujjayi pranayama, may be my system is wrong but there is no well trained teacher that can teach me. Please suggest me right rules of ujjayi and anything that can help me.

Editors Note
For hypothyroid patients, ujjayi pranayama is not the likely reason for rapid weight loss. Therefore, you need to consult your doctor and get your thyroid levels checked and review the dosage of levothyroxine. After that you can contact me if the medical issue is not resolved.

Hope it helps
Daljit

Dec 21, 2015
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Pranayam to aid meditation
by: Anonymous

Hello sir,

Pranayam makes meditation more effective I have read this a couple of times. I have been practising meditation daily for around 30 min since over 30 days. Could you suggest good pranayam to complement meditation?
I dont have any major health issues. I want to o do it (and doing meditation) to keep anxiety, negative thoughts and depression away.
Kindly suggest good pranayams, I will be able to do them for 15 to 20 min to the maximum, wont be able to do yogasanas, however I do go for morning walks. Further I dont want to cut down on meditation.

Thanks in advance.

Editors Note
I suggest you do the following sequence
~ 6-12 surya namaskars
~ Shavasana
~ Kapalabhati
~ Anumom Vilom
~ Bhramri
(Learn proper technique for doing pranayama)

Hope it helps
Daljit

Dec 20, 2015
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drink water while doing pranayama
by: Anonymous

Hello sir ,

Just wanted to can we drink warm water while doing pranayama .

Thank you
Ramandeep

Editors Note
It is not recommended to drink water while doing pranayama. Drink water an hour or half before the yoga practice. But if you feel very thirsty while doing pranayama, you may take few sips of warm water (in winters).

Hope it helps.
Daljit

Dec 05, 2015
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Can sinusitis affected can do pranayama?
by: Anonymous

Hi I am a girl of 18 years old and I am suffering from sinusitis from past 2 years I consulted a doctor an year ago he made some tests and conformed as sinusitis and suggested some antibiotics. When I used them change was very slow and not cured so I totally stopped eating ice-creams, cold drinks and even continued the same in summers and in hot weathers. I stopped using antibiotics after a long usage and from past 6 months my condition is better but from when the winter has started my condition has become worst.

I totally lost hopes on doctors and somehow I found that Bhastrika, Anulom-Vilom and external pranayama cures sinusitis from a book.SO should I go with that? I used to do yoga in my school but now I don't. When the problem had started I did pranayama but it failed and even raised the problem. So what do you think,what I should do? I don't want to go to a doctor for this I want to cure this permanently with the help of yoga. I have whole month for that.

Editors Note

You may do Bhastrika, kapalabhati and anulom vilom pranayama. You can learn shudhi kriyas like jal neti and sutra neti. However, you do these under guidance of a yoga teacher only.

Hope it helps
Daljit

Nov 30, 2015
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Can there be headache due to Pranayama
by: Chandrashekar

Hello,
I have recently started Yoga practice and my Yoga instructor has begun with Pranayama and stretching exercises. I have noticed headache since started practicing pranayama. When I got 2 day break in the week end I never had this headache. Can it be due to Pranayama? Please clarify.

Editors Note
You can consult your yoga teacher. Ideally you should start with yoga asanas and then do pranayama. In case a healthy person does pranayama with proper technique, there will be lot of relaxation and enhanced energy. There should be no headache. Start with simple pranayama and increase the time spent on pranayama gradually. Hope you are not doing too much pranayama as a beginner.

Hope this helps
Daljit

Nov 19, 2015
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yoga in morning
by: Anonymous

Hi!
Can I perform yoga without going to washroom (without clearing my bowels)in the morning. Is it ok or it can have adverse effects?

Editors Note
Ideally it is recommended to clear your bowels in the morning before yoga. In case it is not possible due to any reason, you can do yoga without going to washroom. There will be no side effects provided you do not have chronic constipation and can clear your bowels once in 24 hours.

Hope it helps
Daljit

Nov 15, 2015
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Gym and pranayama at the same time
by: Anonymous

Hi,

Can I do pranayama during my work out routine at my gym? For example, during my gym routine I would do a set of bench press, then do a prayanama while I'm resting, then do a set of bench press, so I do it when I resting between sets.

Editors Note
This is not recommended. Pranayama should be done after you finish your gym routine. In between when you are resting in between your sets, just do rhythmic breathing.

Hope it helps
Daljit

Nov 04, 2015
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When to do pranayam
by: Anonymous

Hello sir,
I am taking methimazole for hyperthyroidism. I just want to know can I do yoga pranayam first thing in the morning before bowel movement. And after what time I shall take my medicine. Can I take after 30 minute.

Editors Note
1. You can do pranayama before bowel movement provided you are not suffering from chronic constipation.
2. Take the medicine as prescribed by your doctor.
3. If you are advised to take the medicine empty stomach, you can take your medicine just after getting up and after 15 minutes do yoga.

Hope it helps
Daljit

Oct 24, 2015
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back of the head pain
by: Anonymous

I started doing pranayama(Bhastrika, Kapalbhati, anulom-vilom, Bahya, Bhramari and Udgeeth) around 4 years back. I started breathing forcefully and quickly which gave me a lot of energy and I started feeling so wonderful that I can not explain in words, but after few months I started getting chronic pain at the back of my head. It only worsened by each passing day. I had to stop pranayama, but the pain did not go. After some 2-3 years, I thought to start again just to see if it helps, but only after few deep breaths my head was feeling like full of pressure. I stopped it again for few months. Then I started meditation, since I thought deep breathing is creating problems for me. But this also did not help. In fact, the pain came down in my neck as well. I am in lot of discomfort. Please help me to get those energyfull days back. If not, I would be happy with the state I was before doing pranayama(normal state). I went to doctor to see if there is anything physical but there is nothing. I went for brain and neck MRI, everything is normal. Sometimes I feel there is an energy blockage in my throat because I feel pressure in my throat while meditating which might be creating headache as well. Please advise.

Editors Note
Hope you are not suffering from stress, anxiety or lack of sleep. It is advisable to learn yoga under supervision and it may help you.
Meanwhile you can try rhythmic breathing for 5 minutes, shavasana for 5 minutes and yoga nidra for 10 minutes. If it helps please do let me know.

Hope it helps
Daljit

Oct 18, 2015
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Query
by: Juhi

Dear Sir/Ma'am

I am 24 years old. I really want to learn yoga but because of tight office schedule I am not able to do so. As I have heard yoga should not be performed without the guidance from GURU. So I take walk in morning. My doubt is whether after my morning brisk walk and some exercise can I do Kapalbhati and Anulom vilom alone. As these pranayams are comparatively easy to perform and yield better results. Please help me with this query.

With Warm regard
Juhi

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Dear Juhi

After your walk you can take 5-10 minutes for cooling down the body. Thereafter you can do kapalabhati followed by anulom vilom. Now here the question is how many strokes of kapalabhati to start with and how many repetitions. Also, correct technique is to be followed. Therefore, you can learn pranayama and few asanas from a yoga teacher for at least 2-3 weeks and thereafter do at home. You can contact me if you need further help.

Warm regards
Daljit

Oct 12, 2015
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Pranayam harmful for TB patients?
by: Anonymous

Is pranayama harmful for TB patients? Please tell me about this.

Editors Note
You can do pranayama, but it is advisable to learn from a yoga teacher.

Warm regards
Daljit

Oct 05, 2015
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Short breath after Pranayam
by: Anonymous

I have high BP. I have started kapalbhati, bhastrika and Anulon-Vilom prayanam. I am experiencing short breathing. Is it due to this? Should I continue and it will go or stop them?

Thank you.

Editors Note
I suggest consult a yoga teacher where you live for further advice on pranayama.
Immediately stop bhastrika and kapalabhati. You may continue with rhythmic breathing and anulom vilom, provided you do not face any further discomfort.

Hope this helps
Daljit

Oct 03, 2015
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Liver
by: Deepak

For last 7-8 months my sgpt level is 110. When I am on medication it remains normal. As I leave medication sgpt again increases. My bilrubin level also remains between 1.5-2.0 .
I am doing pranayam for last 3 months. Please suggest me if there is something I should take care of.
Thanks

Editors Note
You have not mentioned what all pranayama you do. I suggest do not do kapalabhati or bhastrika pranayama.
Please consult your doctor for advise. You may like to get dietary advice from an ayurvedic doctor. Take a simple diet and avoid oil, salt, spices, alcohol, all processed and packaged food.

Hope it helps
Daljit

Oct 01, 2015
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Anemia
by: Anonymous

Kapal bhati will help to improve the blood level, how many months it will take to see the improvements.

Editors Note
For increasing haemoglobin levels, you need to eat a nutritious diet and do regular exercise. Doing kapalabhati alone may not be an effective solution in itself.

Warm regards
Daljit

Sep 27, 2015
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Increasing b.p. after doing pranayam?
by: Anonymous

In high blood pressure what pranayama I should start first and
what should be the maximum time? Last time when I started prayanyama for high BP, it increased instead of decreasing.

Editors Note
Can you please share which pranayama you started with? Are you doing any other exercise or yoga asana along with pranayama?

You should not start pranayama for high BP without consultation with your doctor or yoga teacher.
1. First of all go for at least 30 minutes walk and start yoga practice under guidance of a yoga teacher.
2. If you cannot find a yoga teacher, you can do rhythmic breathing, anulom vilom for 5 to 10 minutes each followed by shavasana and yoga nidra.
Hope this helps.
Daljit

Sep 08, 2015
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Chest Pain
by: Inder

I started doing Pranayama (seven Pranayama) just one month before. It has been going very well. But, since September 5, I have been feeling a little pain in the left chest, near ribs. Kindly advice.

Warm regards,
Inder

Editors Note
1. First of all, stop pranayama practice for a week and see if the pain goes away.
2. Start pranayama under guidance of a yoga teacher.
3. Also, do have a review of how many rounds of each pranayama you are doing.

Hope it helps
Daljit

Aug 31, 2015
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Query
by: Anonymous

My brother is put on traction as he is having slipped disc in alpha s1 position. He is willing to do kapalabhati pranayama. Can he follow them in sleeping position?

Editors Note
It is not advisable to do any pranayama without seeking permission from your doctor. Kapalabhati pranayama should not be done unless slipped disc problem is cured and pain persists. While lying down rhythmic breathing can be practiced.

Hope it helps
Daljit

Aug 20, 2015
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Frequency of pranayama
by: Anonymous

How many times a day can a person do pranayam.(for anxiety relief)

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Pranayama can be done twice a day on empty stomach, once in the morning and once in the evening. But do it under guidance regarding the number of rounds of each pranayama per session. For beginners, it is advisable to do it once only.

Hope it helps
Daljit

Hope it helps
Daljit

Aug 09, 2015
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Problem At Left Leg Thumb
by: Dheeru

I started pranayama (sudharsana kriya) and yoga for 6 days. But I feel some thing wrong at my left leg thumb. Does not sense touch like my my right leg thumb. Feels like low blood flow. Is there any thing wrong?

Editors Note
You must have learned sudarshan kriya under supervision of Art Of Living teachers. Maybe you are not used to sit for long time in vajrasana or sukhasana. Practice sitting in these asanas and hopefully you will not feel any discomfort.

If you have learned on your own, it is suggested that you stop the practice and learn proper technique.

Hope it helps
Daljit

Jul 31, 2015
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yoga for underweight
by: Anonymous

I am underweight. Which yoga exercise could help? Should I stop doing kapalabhati and anulom vilom (as it helps in reducing weight)?

Editors Note
You can go through this webpage on gaining weight through yoga.

Start with a balanced yoga practice. This will help to improve your overall health and fitness levels. There is no need to stop doing kapalabhati or anulom vilom pranayama.

Hope this helps
Daljit

Jul 23, 2015
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How & Where do I start...???
by: Anonymous

Hello,

I am from Malaysia.

I want to start doing yoga and meditation. I researched a lot but i am still confused on how, where i should start. Below are my questions.

1) How do I start doing yoga (asana), Pranayama or Meditation.
2) The best way for the beginner to start doing yoga (asana), pranayam and meditation.
3) As I research, there are hundreds of yoga (asana) poses. How and where can I learn from.

Your assistance much appreciated.

Thank you.

Editors Note

You may go through these webpages and let me know if you need any more help.

where to start yoga?
read everything about yoga

Warm regards
Daljit

Jul 20, 2015
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about pranayam
by: Anamika

I go for gym in evening, Can I do pranayama in morning? Please reply.

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Dear Anamika
Yes you can do that.

Warm regards
Daljit

Jul 19, 2015
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Advise For Kapalabhati
by: Kiran

I have undergone abdomen surgery one year ago. Kindly guide me for kapalabhati.

Editors Note
It is best to consult your doctor as it is not advisable to do kapalabhati unless complete healing has taken place. Also, it is recommended that you intially start with other pranayama except kapalabhati and bhastrika.

Warm regards
Daljit

Jul 14, 2015
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inferior turbinate increase in size
by: Anonymous

Respected sir,

I have my enlargement of inferior turbinate in my nose i am doing yoga but still my nose remains blocked whole day due to increase in inferior turbinate. So, can you tell me whether yoga can help me to bring the turbinate to normal size and also please mention how much inhale and exhale does a single round contains?

Editors Note
It is recommeded to do pranayama and jal neti under guidance of experienced yoga teacher.

Warm regards
Daljit

Jun 25, 2015
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Sinus and Pranayam
by: Anonymous

I am suffering from sinus from last two years and now I have started practicing pranayam but I feel no difference in my problem. My nose remains blocked alternatively and while performing yoga also my one nose remains blocked and even after that. So can you tell me whether pranayama(kapal bhati, bhastrika, anulom vilom) are good for me and if it is good than up to how much maximum time I should perform pranayama. How much time will it take to get out of the problem permanently?

Editors Note

You can carry on with your schedule. Additionally you can do jal neti weekly. You can start with 3 rounds each of kapalabhati and bhastrika and then gradually increase to 5 rounds provided you do not feel any discomfort. You can do anulom vilom for 10 minutes or so.

Hope it helps
Daljit

Jun 24, 2015
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Can I do Pranayama on Alternate Days?
by: Anonymous

Respected Sir,

I go to gym on Mon, Wed and Friday, and do (light cardio + Pranayama) on Tue, Thursday and Saturday. I can spend just 45 minutes before I go to office.

Is this the right practice in case we have less time to exercise?

Thanks,
Rakesh

Editors Note

Dear Rakesh,

You can do pranayama on alternate days. It could be better if you can do pranayama daily. Just ensure that you are doing the pranayama with correct technique and follow precautions for pranayama practice. Instead of cardio, you can do 12 surya namaskars then do 2 minutes shavasana before doing pranayama.

Hope this helps
Daljit

Jun 19, 2015
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timing of yoga.
by: Anonymous

Can it be practiced early in the morning?

Editors Note
Yes, early morning is the ideal time for yoga and pranayama.

All the best
Daljit

Jun 17, 2015
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Can i do pranayam with my acne treatment medication
by: Anonymous

I am having acne on my face and I am consulting a doctor. Can I practice pranayam along with the medication?

Editors Note
You can do pranayama along with the medication. Follow correct technique and eat healthy.

Warm regards
Daljit

Jun 16, 2015
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anulom velom
by: gopinath

I have a hernia on the left side which developed while doing kapalabhati about four years back.there is no pain.however i stopped doing kapalabhati. I wish to do anulom vilom now, will it aggravate the hernia?

Editors Note
Please consult your doctor.

Warm regards
Daljit

Jun 13, 2015
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Physical Excercise before Anulom vilom
by: Anonymous

is it ok if i do the physical exercises like push ups before doing anulom vilom?

Editors Note
You can do yoga after any other physical exercise or games. Depending on the intensity of such exercises, it is advisable to take at least 15-20 minutes rest to cool your body before doing yoga.
I will like to add that doing suryanamskars is a better option.

All the best
Daljit

May 27, 2015
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Surya Namaskar and Pranayam
by: Prasad

I am doing surya namaskar and pranayam for 30 days now, initially I was having very nice feeling but since last one week my head is getting heavy like hang over after finishing pranayama. Is there anything wrong I am doing?

Sequence of surya namaskar and pranayama as follows
Surya Namaskar - 12 sets
Bhasrika Pranayam - 2 sets 12 each
Kapal Bhati - 6 sets 75 inhale/exhale each set
Anulom Vilom - 2 sets 12 repititions each set
Udgeeth Pranayam - 1 set consists 12 repetitions

Editors Note
The sequence you are doing is ok. Here are some suggestions:
1. Take 2-3 minutes rest in shavasana after suryanamaskar. Also, take rest in shavasana after udgeeth pranayama.
2. Stop doing kapalabhati and bhastrika for few days and observe if it helps.
3. If you are learning yoga on your own, ensure that your technique of surya namaskars and pranayama is correct.
4. Take proper sleep at night and ensure that you are not too tired before doing yoga.

Hope this helps
Daljit

May 20, 2015
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Mild LVH
by: Anonymous

Hi
I have chest pain problem occurs in 15 or 16 days. My family doctor suggest me for pranayama. He also recommended for 2d echo. Mild LvH seen in 2nd echo. My question is can I do pranayama in mild LVH condition?

Please give me suggestion.

Editors Note
In consultation with your doctor, you can start with rhythmic breathing and anulom vilom. But I will strongly recommend learn pranayama under guidance especially how much to do initially and thereafter you can do on your own.

Hope it helps
Daljit

May 13, 2015
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why people with heart problems should avoid ujjai
by: Anonymous

Hi
This is a wonderful article. Thank you so much for sharing. I have a doubt. I heard that ujjai has to be avoided by people with heart disease or lung disease. I would like to know the reason. Kindly explain why this has to be avoided.

Editors Note
People with heart disease should do pranayama only after getting clearance from the doctor and learn from an expert. Otherwise, people with heart disease can do ujjai pranayama.

Hope it helps
Daljit

Apr 20, 2015
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Exact way to do nadi shodhana
by: Anonymous

After bahya kumbhaka, that is retention after exhalation, how exactly should one inhale? Is it necessary to let the abdomen expand to normal dimension before inhaling? Or, can one inhale straightaway with the stomach still pulled inwards and upwards?

Why do some people experience trembling in forearms and hands after resuming nadi shodhana? The problem goes away when this pranayama is stopped.

Editors Note
It is advisable to do any breath retention (kumbhaka) under guidance of a yoga teacher. Incorrect technique can do harm.

Hope it helps
Daljit

Mar 31, 2015
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Pain in the liver after doing kapalbhati
by: Anonymous

I do kapalbhati in a very calm and composed manner, with medium force and as per all the precautions but still it pains and feels swelling on the right side i.e in the liver, gallbladder, kidney and intestines and am unable to gain weight, though I have still gained some weight. Please tell me what might be the causes and in detail in what position should I sit for kapalbhati. Thank you.

Editors Note
Please do consult your doctor, and do yoga or pranayama only if the doctor gives clearance for the same. Thereafter start yoga practice following a yoga sequence consisting of yoga asanas and other pranayama. Otherwise for doing kapalabhati you can sit in sukhasana, padmasana or vajrasana.

Hope this helps
Daljit

Mar 28, 2015
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back surgery
by: Prakash

Hi, I have gone thru back surgery called microdisectomy last year April..and its been almost 11 months. Now I do all the exercises advised by physio and walking in the morning. Am I recomended to to Kapalbhati. Thanks.

Editors Note
Please consult your doctor. You can start with anulom vilom, ujjayi, bhramri pranayama.

Hope it helps
Daljit

Mar 25, 2015
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Food pattern
by: Geetu

Hi Daljit,

I do anulom vilom pranayam (10 rounds) after my half an hour of yoga and shavasana (I am doing Suryanamaskar, Ardhmatsyendra asana and pashchimottan asana). I do these asanas every day in the morning, empty stomach. I take my breakfast after yoga. I wanted to know if it is ok to eat complete breakfast after yoga or there should be some gap and how much gap? I do not have problems, I just want to know what is the best practice.

Editors Note
You may increase the practice of anulom vilom say 2 sets of 10 rounds. You may consider adding some more asanas to your yoga practice. I will advise a light breakfast after yoga practice. Time gap between yoga practice and meals should be approximately 30 minutes or more.

Hope this helps.
Daljit

Mar 14, 2015
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Weight loss
by: Pratibha

My age is 35 now I had a c section before 6 months and also some fats on my stomach. I gain weight up to 9 kg in my pregnancy and I am also having cervical spondylytis. Can I do kapalbhati and other asanas for weight loss and to reduce abdominal fats. Before pregnancy I was regularly doing kapalbhati and other asanas. Please suggest.

Editors Note

Dear Pratibha

You may start your yoga practice you were doing before pregnancy. Start your practice by doing warm up. In the beginning do easy asanas for two weeks. As you become more confident and if you experience no pain or discomfort, you can increase the intensity of yoga practice and start pranayama also.

Start with a gentle yoga practice and aim for continuity of yoga practice and healthy eating for a month to get into the routine.

Hope this helps.

Namaste
Daljit

Mar 07, 2015
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Remedy for Wrong Bhastrika
by: Vijay K Kashyap

Respected Sir,

I was doing wrong Bhastrika pranayam for the past some days. Now I am feeling uneasiness, some type of heaviness, tingling in my head, behind my eyes. Kindly guide me what should I do. Thank you.

Editors Note

It is recommended that your stop the practice of bhastrika pranayama. Do only rhythmic breathing and anulom vilom pranayama instead for 5 minutes each followed by a long shavasana. Do kapalabhati or bhastrika pranayama only under supervision of a yoga teacher. You can read more about heaviness of head and pranayama.

Warm regards
Daljit

Mar 05, 2015
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Precautions, Doing Pranayama And Sleeping Late
by: Anonmymous

I actually had tried meditation some time ago, the precaution I didn't take was that I used sleep really late those days somewhat at 2:30 A.M..

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Sleeping late and doing meditation.

Feb 23, 2015
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Pranayam For those who underwent nasal surgery
by: Bhaskar

I'm 24 years old and two month ago I had undergone nasal surgery (to cure of sinus). Should I do pranayama or not?

Editors Note

Please check with your doctor.

Warm regards
Daljit

Feb 20, 2015
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Yoga for pregnancy
by: Anonymous

Hello,

I have completed four months of my pregnancy. I have heard that practicing yoga helps a lot during pregnancy. Can you give me some tips on pregnancy yoga? And also it is said that yoga should be done empty stomach but I feel hungry after every 2 to 2.30 hrs. Also in morning after waking up I am very hungry. So when should I practice yoga?

Thanks!

Editors Note
You can do yoga in the morning. After waking up drink a glass of fresh juice and do yoga after approximately 30 minutes. If you want to start yoga at 4 months of pregnancy, it is recommended to start yoga under guidance of a yoga teacher so that you follow the correct technique.

Warm regards and best wishes.
Daljit

Feb 19, 2015
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Yoga Post Delivery
by: Nitika

Hello,

I want to know that can I start yoga I have delivered a baby 3 months back and delivery was normal but pain less(epidural) in which painless injection is given on backbone. And now I am suffering from piles and fissures. Can I do kapalbhati and other yoga asanas? If you know any asanas for constipation and piles please suggest.

Editors Note

Dear Nitika, you can start with yoga asanas and simple pranayama like anulom vilom and rhythmic breathing. Once your strength/ health improves, you can include kapalabhati pranayama in your yoga practice. For constipation management, in addition to regular yoga practice, healthy eating and correct food habits are very important.

Please read the following webpages:
Postpartum Yoga
Yoga for constipation

Warm regards
Daljit

Feb 10, 2015
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Precautions in pregnancy
by: Anonymous

Namaste,

I am 8 weeks pregnant. I want to ask you sir that at what time I can do these pranayams in morning like Anulom vilom pranayam, bhrahmari pranayam. And I want to ask you one more thing my hepatitis result is positive. So pranayama is still good for me or not.

Editors Note
You can practice these pranayama in the morning.

Warm regards
Daljit

Jan 10, 2015
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Weight Loss
by: Anonymous

Hello,

Two years ago my weight was 55 kg but now I have gained weight up to 73 kg. I need to know whether by following ramdev baba weight loss asanas, can I lose 10 kg in 2 months. I am also undergoing Homeopathic treatment, so is it advisable for me to take ayurvedic medicine to lose weight.
Thank You.

Editors Note

Do not be in a hurry to lose weight. Maintain an active lifestyle, practice yoga along with diet control for permanent and gradual weight loss. If you can control your eating and limit the number of calories you eat, it is not recommended to take any medicine for weight loss.

Hope it helps
Daljit

Jan 06, 2015
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Pranayama
by: Karthika

Hi,

I started doing yoga asanas recently. But when I do pranayama my both hands and face get stiff. Why is it so?

Editors Note

It can be due to number of reasons, some medical problem, excess of pranayama practice, or incorrect technique. My advice is to immediately stop pranayama practice and seek guidance of a yoga teacher or doctor if required. Meanwhile try to practice deep breathing if it helps.

Namaste
Daljit

Dec 09, 2014
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martial arts after yoga and pranayam
by: sidhraj

Namaste Sir,

I do yogasana then kapalbhati, bhastrika and suryabhedi( in winters) in the morning. I have joined a martial arts class. I want to know how much time interval should be there between yoga and martial arts. I don't get time in evening.
Please guide.
Thanks and regards,
Sidhraj

Editors Note

You may first do your martial arts practice. Thereafter, cool down and rest for 20-30 minutes in shavasana before doing yoga.

Hope it helps
Daljit

Nov 29, 2014
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query
by: Anonymous

Can I do pranayam at 4 A.M and do heavy exercise in gym at 6 A.M? Please advise.

Editors Note

You should do Gym exercises first and then do yoga. Else do yoga in the morning and go to gym in the evening.

Nov 06, 2014
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My Exercise Routine
by: Deepak

1. I am 41 years old and I have BP 130/96 for quite some time. Daily I go for a jog for 15-20 minutes followed by cooling down for 15-20 minutes which generally includes some stretching and strengthening exercises. Thereafter, after a gap of 10-15 minutes I undertake yoga routine of 10-12 asanas like matsyendra asana, gomukh asana etc as professed by Baba Ramdev for daily health in his TV program followed by kapalbhati and breathing exercises to finally cool off for the day.

2. I have been following this routine for nearly an year and my weight has dropped by nearly 15 Kgs to 75 Kgs and my BP has come down from 150/100. I have not been taking any medicine. My query is if this routine is OK for my health particularly my BP as of late I have been experiencing light headedness all the time which till now I have been blaming on weakness due to weight loss.

Editors Note
1. You have not mentioned whether you are taking any medicine for weight loss.

2. If your blood pressure is not normal you must consult a doctor and take proper medicine. Simultaneously carry on doing yoga but avoid poses not recommended for high blood pressure patients.

3. The sequencing of your routine is good. You have done a great thing by doing the most difficult thing of reducing your weight.

4. I will recommend manage your blood pressure with yoga under supervision of a doctor or experienced yoga therapist. Meanwhile do not do kapalabhati or bhastrik pranayama for 2-3 weeks and see if it helps. You can have a look at the following webpages too.
stopping BP medicine with yoga.
yoga poses for reducing hypertension

Hope this helps.
Daljit


Sep 08, 2014
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Clarification About Pranayama
by: Anonymous

I was diagnosed depression in 2010, then practised pranayama only through left nostrils and I felt goose bumps only right side of my entire body when I get excited. Then I done it through right nostril slowly getting improvement. Is this right way to do? If I am wrong what are the side effects I will have to face. Please help me to come out of this problem.

Editors Note
Please do not practice in your own way, this is not correct. The results of doing incorrect pranayama may be anything from dizziness to headaches to high blood pressure.

You can experience lot of peace of mind by doing just rhythmic breathing, anulom vilom for 5 minutes each followed by shavasana. After shavasana practice yoga nidra daily for at least 15 minutes. Please do let us know if this helps.

Namaste
Daljit

Sep 05, 2014
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Very Helpful Tipsvery help full tips
by: Anonymous

Sir
I'm suffering from sinus. My nose is not well. For curing I'm doing pranayama but suddenly a small pain in my chest arise. I am suffering from cold also. Whether I should continue or not.

Editors Note
In case of cold and if nose is blocked, do not do any pranayama. Start pranayama once your nasal passages are clear.

Hope it helps
Daljit

Aug 21, 2014
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prayanama in shavasana pose
by: Anonymous

Can I do pranayama in Shavasana pose because if I do it in sitting position it hurts my back. Please advice me how can I do it?

Editors Note

If you are not able to do pranayama in sitting position, you can try to do pranayama while sitting on a chair. Or try sitting in vajrasana.

You can only do rhythmic breathing in shavasana. Breathe on a slow rhythm and do abdominal breathing. Once your strength returns you can start pranayama in sitting position.

Hope it helps
Daljit

Aug 02, 2014
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Where and when to do Pranayama?
by: Anonymous

Sir, is it okay to do pranayama near tulsi plant in the morning around 5 A.M. I am worried about the pollution in air which could be harmful during pranayama. There is no park near my house.


Editors Note
Yes you can do pranayama early morning. Pollution is least in the morning. We cannot help much with the place where we are living.

Hope it helps.
Daljit

Jul 03, 2014
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What to do after Exercise?
by: Pravesh

Respected Sir,

I want to ask whether we can do deep breathing immediately after running or after fast exercise.

Further I want to know, which is more beneficial: running & fast exercise or Aasanas, before doing pranayama?


Editors Note

1. Keep a pause of 20 minutes between running or vigorous exercise and yoga practice.

2. Do pranayama after asana practice.

Namaste
Daljit

Jun 25, 2014
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Kapalabhathi Query
by: Anonymous

Dear Sir,

I am hard pressed for time and would like to know can Kapalabhati be practiced during walking, driving or while sitting in bus (and after 1-2 hrs after having breakfast or lunch.


Editors Note

1. Kapalabhati should not be practiced during walking, driving or while sitting in bus. This is because in yoga asanas and pranayama you are also focusing and concentrating. Pranayama must be practiced in a relaxed environment and not in a hurry.

2. I am sure if pranayama practice is a priority for you, you can think of ways and means to manage time for kapalabhati.

3. Are you doing kapalabhati only? It is recommended to include other pranayama also in your practice.

3. Approximately three hours of gap after meals is recommended.

Warm regards
Daljit

Jun 18, 2014
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Pranayama and GYM.
by: Venkatesh

Hi,

I do pranayama for 30 minutes. This includes 7 breathing exercises suggested by Baba Ramdev. Then after pranayama I do the GYM workouts for another 30 minutes.

Please let me know is this a best practice ?

Regards
Venkatesh



You should do your Gym workout. Relax for 15-20 minutes and then do pranayama. Other alternative is to do pranayama in the morning and other exercises in the evening.

Hope it helps
Daljit

Apr 01, 2014
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Question
by: Anonymous

I am suffering from liver cirrhosis and glue injection was given to me around 2 months ago. Should I do kapalbhati. Is it safe for me.

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You should not do kapalbhati. You can do rhythmic breathing, anulom vilom and ujjayi pranayama.

Hope this helps
Daljit

Feb 23, 2014
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Precaution
by: Anonymous

Hello

I want to now what I should I do as after kapalbhati my stomach produces so much heat and this causes to me unbalance to my system that is causes like loose motions.

Editors Note
Consult an experienced yoga teacher locally and learn pranayama under guidance.

All the best
Daljit

Feb 07, 2014
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Clarifications Sought On Precautions for Pranayama
by: Anonymous

I would be grateful to get the following seven clarifications regarding precautions on Pranayama:

1. Can Pranayama alone cure high BP?

2......

Editors Note
Your question is answered by building a new webpage
Clarification On Precautions for Yoga

Hope it helps
Daljit

Dec 06, 2013
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High Blood Pressure
by: Anonymous

Can you please tell the pranayama which reduces stress, anxiety and high blood pressure?

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Rhythmic breathing, alom vilom, bhramri and ujjayi pranayama are great for reducing stress, anxiety and high blood pressure.

Hope it helps, or else contact me with your detailed health problems and what yoga sequence you follow.

Daljit

Oct 01, 2013
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Pranayama During Tuberculosis Treatment
by: Anonymous

I am undergoing Tuberculosis treatment for the last 4 months. Can I do pranayam(kapalbhati & anulom vilom) now? As per my doctor I'll have to take the medicines for another3-4 months.

Editors Note
You can do rhythmic breathing and anulom vilom pranayama. I suggest you avoid kapalabhati pranayama or do it only after seeking advice of your doctor.

Hope it helps.
Daljit

Sep 28, 2013
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Wrong Effect of Yoga
by: Anonymous

In kapalbhati when I exhale my stomach is outside but in correct way it should be in. Will it cause any problem to me? I am practicing this for last 2 year. Guide me please.

Editors Note
Your doubt is correct. You are not following the correct technique. For necessary corrections, meet a yoga teacher and ensure your technique is correct.

All the best
Daljit

Sep 27, 2013
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Negative Effect of Kapalbhati
by: Anonymous

What are negative effects if we do some bending after kapalbhati?

Editors Note
I assume you mean can we do bending (stretching) or any other yoga poses after doing kapalbhati.

After kapalabhati you can do other pranayama or meditation. You should not do any yoga poses after pranayama. However, you can do few yoga stretches to stretch your body after finishing your pranayama or meditation while sitting in any meditation pose.

After pranayama, you must not do any physical exercise so that you get all benefits of relaxation of muscles and flow of prana/ energy to all organs of body.

Hope it helps.
Daljit

Apr 30, 2013
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Workout after pranayama
by: Anonymous

Hello

Thanks for your information..really helpful..

I do pranayama daily for 45 minutes..But now I want to start working out like dance workout..So can I do that after pranayama?

Immediately or after sometime..Please guide me.. Really need it..

Editors Note
You should not do any exercise after doing pranayama. It would be advisable to do your dance or any workout before pranayama. After the workout take rest in shavasana for about 10 minutes to allow the body to cool down and then do pranayama.

Pranayama relaxes the body, soothes the nervous system and energises the body. Pranayama harmonise the breath and also has a stabilising effect on our senses and the mind. Doing any other exercise after doing pranayama will negate the positive effects of pranayama. Or else do pranayama in the morning and other workout in the evening.

Hope this helps.
Daljit

Apr 16, 2013
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Regarding kapalbhatti
by: Anonymous

Is kapalbhati recommended for people with congested nose. If not,then what is the remedy and can we drink water before or while doing kapalbhati?

Editors Note
It is not recommended to do kapalabhati while having a congested nose. Instead do asanas and rhythmic breathing. If you are thirsty, you can sip few drops of water before doing kapalabhati. It is not advisable to drink water while doing kapalabhati.

Hope this helps
Daljit

Apr 08, 2013
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Pranayama after normal delivery
by: Anonymous

I would like to know when can we start doing pranayama after normal delivery ? Can pranayama be started right after delivery or should i wait for 6 weeks and then start doing it.

Editors Note
If you are in good health and doing yoga before pregnancy, you can start with rhythmic breathing one week after normal delivery. If you feel better start with alom vilom and also do more of shava asana, yoga nidra for rest and relaxation. As your strength improves you can start with other pranayama over a period of time. It is advisable to wait for 4-6 weeks before starting with kapalabhati or bhastrika pranayama. It all depends on your fitness levels. Do not over exert and listen to your body.

Hope this helps
Daljit

Apr 03, 2013
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Thanks for giving such clear guidance
by: Anonymous

I am really thankful to you after reading this article.It will surely help to prevent wrong practice before doing pranayaam .

Feb 04, 2013
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Advice regarding Kapal Bhati
by: Angela

Firstly Thank you for your very informative and unique site.

I have an urgent question and would like your help please. I was diagnosed with rolling sliding hernia in 2007. I have been practising anulom vilom and Kapal bhati regularly since the past 2 months.

I suffer from acute acidity, have weak bowels and have neck and back issues (spondilytis) also for the past 20 yrs for which I thought it would be beneficial to do Kapal Bhati.

Can you kindly advise which pranayam would be beneficial in my case and which to avoid.

Eagerly awaiting your kind reply.
Thank you

Editors Note

Hello Angela

I will suggest the following:
1. Do some asanas before pranayama practice. Any asana that you can do comfortably.
2. In pranayama try to concentrate more on proper breathing and rhythmic breathing, alom vilom, bhramri and ujjayi. Avoid kapalabhati or bhastrika pranayama for time being.
3. Do not forget to take complete rest after the yoga practice, do shavasana for 3-4 minutes. If time permits, do yoga nidra.
4. Most important for you is to focus on yogic lifestyle, take adequate sleep, achieve complete relaxation of mind and body, reduce your stress levels and eat healthy.
5. Do a self analysis and make necessary changes to your lifestyle. A healthy lifestyle and healthy eating complements yoga practice especially in case of digestive problems.
6. Anytime you feel any discomfort while doing any asana or pranayama discontinue that practice and seek help from a yoga teacher to do that particlar asana or pranayama.

Hope this helps.

Namaste
Daljit

Nov 10, 2012
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Pranayama while lying down
by: Anonymous

Can bhramari be done in lying on stomach? If not what are the ill effects?

Editors Note
Pranayama practice can be done in any sitting pose for meditation i.e sukhasana, vajrasana or padmasana. For people who are not able to sit on ground, pranayama can be done while sitting on a chair. But you cannot do bhramari pranayama or any other pranayama lying on stomach as this will put pressure on abdomen and hinders effective breathing.

Hope this helps
Daljit

Jun 09, 2012
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Precaution After Surgery
by: Anonymous

Should kapalabhati pranayama be done after having laser surgery of stomach. My mother's gall bladder was removed 2 months before. Now she's having lypoma on adrenal gland. She want to start with kapalabhati. Is it recommended or not?

Please reply..

Editors Note
Kapalabhati pranayama is not advisable for people who have undergone abdominal surgery in recent past and people with high blood pressure.

You must consult your doctor and experienced yoga teacher before starting with kapalabhati pranayama. I suggest start with rhythmic breathing, alom vilom pranayama, that too with the advice of your doctor.

With warm regards
Daljit

Jul 25, 2011
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Nice Tips
by: Vijaya Sah

Nice Tips for beginners. Keep posting

Jan 25, 2011
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about guidelines
by: well wisher

What information you gave was very helpful to us.. thank you... thank you

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Very Helpful Tips
by: Sanjay Patil

Thanks for giving very helpful Tips.

Thanks again.

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