When you think of Yoga, you may think of people in seemingly impossible and weird twisted poses, but yoga is really so much more than that. Derived from the Sankrit word "yuj" meaning "to unite or integrate", yoga is an ancient Indian science. Yoga is about harmonizing the body with the mind and breath through various breathing exercises (pranayamas), yoga postures (asanas) and meditation.
Breathing is the most unconscious, natural thing our body does, and yet we barely pay attention to it. Pranayama not only releases your tensions, it will also improve your digestion and health in general. Breathing patterns and the mind are deeply connected.
Pranayama is the art of breathing with gratefulness and awareness. An important yogic practice, pranayama is a bridge between the postures and meditation:
◦ Prana means life force or cosmic energy.
◦ Ayama means to control, to lengthen.
Prana is a cosmic food for our mind and body. Getting more prana in your life will energize you, feed you and prepare you for your meditation practice.
Thanks to yogic breathing and postures, you will reach a more profound state of stillness and inner peace that will lead to more creativity, relaxation, and improve your quality of life.