Pranayama (Breathing Techniques)

Have any of you come to think about the importance of your breath. Every breath is life. Hence, in Yoga,pranayama is one of the essential practice. Pranayama means Life Source in Sanskrit. 
Our life source is not the heart beat, it is the breath. Every time you inhale a good amount of air, you are alive. 

Pranayama is believed to lengthen the life span and start preserving your body from the day you start practicing it. 

Yogis are convinced that everything is prana (energy). The breath links the physical and energetic universe. By applying the correct breathing technique you can open a gateway to unlimited energy. - Excerpts from
They are many pranayama techniques, but there are some that are very frequently mentioned by Master Nava during pranayama sessions in classes. Ujjayi, Kapalabhati (Shining Skull), and Bhastrika.

  1. Bhastrika (Abdominal Breathing)
  2. Nadi Shodhana (Channel Cleansing Breathing)
  3. Ujjayi (Victorious Breath)