HOW TO PREPARE BODY AND MIND FOR PRANAYAMAPranayama practice is one of the practices in Yoga that works using the breath as a medium to establish a direct connection with the life energy (Prana). Life energy exists everywhere and once the direct one ness with the prana is established breath is dropped automatically (in Samadhi). Though Pranayama is practiced by using breath as a tool, the posture of the body assumed while doing pranayama and the state of mind at that point of time also play an equally important role. This happens due to the direct relationship between the body-breath-mind. Here we would discuss some general preparations to be done before Pranayama practice.
For the pranayama practice, it is suggested that the practitioner takes a comfortable sitting position and assumes an asana (posture) which is symmetrical. The symmetry of the body is essential to bring balance between right and left, front and back and hence establish weightlessness in the body. If the body becomes weightless and light, it is easier to sit in the posture undisturbed for a longer time. It is also advisable to make necessary adjustments and alignments in the body before beginning the pranayama such as straightening the spine, releasing pressure form knee or foot, adjusting the buttocks etc. Examples of most commonly used asanas for pranayama are Sukhasana, Padmasana (Lotus) and Vajrasana (Diamond). Care should also be taken that if the hands are folded in any mudra for instance Chinha Mudra, the fingers should be gently touching and also the eyes gently closed. These soft adjustments in the body are done so that any particular body part is not felt while doing the process of pranayama. The practice of pranayama should be done with minimum body interference so that the travel from gross body to subtle breath is made easier. Hence, stillness of the body becomes important. It is also advised to maintain the straightness of spine throughout the practice of pranayama.
Before beginning the process of pranayama, it is important to observe the present natural state of breath. As and when this observation is made, the mind is automatically brought to presence. Next, one can begin to give deepness to the breath by involving the belly movements with the natural inhalations and exhalations. Giving deepness to the breath without forcing the breath or giving hardness to it is crucial. Furthermore, it is important to keep the awareness and alertness of the mind all through the process of pranayama.
Yoga is a complete practice in itself and should be practiced in totality. Whether one is practicing Postures or pranayama or meditation, the involvement of all the three layers – body, breath as well as mind together is required. This would make a practitioners journey smoother and easier.View All Post