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  • n. Breathing techniques. When used as a technical term in yoga, it is often translated more specifically as "breath control".


From Sanskrit प्राणायाम (prāṇāyāma), from प्राण (prāṇá, "life force, vital energy, the breath") (whence also English prana) + आयाम (āyāma, "lengthening, extending, stretching"). (Wiktionary)


  • The Sanskrit word for “control” is yama, and the second limb of Yoga is called pranayama: “breath control of the life force.”

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  • In yoga, breathing practices are called pranayama, prana being the equivalent of chi.


  • In yoga, the most powerful type of breathing is called pranayama, and its practice seeks to unify body and mind.

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  • This movement of pranic energy can be altered or enhanced by herbs, foods, massages, acupressure and acupuncture, special exercises like chi gong that are designed to facilitate its flow, hands-on energy transfer from one body to another, special yogic breathing methods called pranayama, and by many other ancient techniques.

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  • Specific breathing exercises, called pranayama pra-naya-ma, release stress and change the quality of our thoughts, feelings, and perceptions so we can be fully in the moment, comfortably.

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  • • Yoga uses breathing exercises called pranayama to calm the body and the mind by proper functioning of endocrine system of the body.

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  • Yoga -- namely pranayama (breath control), dharana (concentration) and dhyana (devotion or meditation on the Divine).

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  • One of the authorities on pranayama Swami Rama, calls pranayama as the PATh OF FIRE AND LIGhT.

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  • In India, breath work called pranayama is a regular part of yoga practice.

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  • These may include nutrition and dietary changes, simple exercises such as yoga, meditation, deep breathing (called pranayama) and addition of simple herbal medicines.


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  • (Sanskrit: pr�?ṇ�?y�?ma) Means "lengthening of the prana or breath". The word is composed of two Sanskrit words, Pr�?na, life force, or vital energy, particularly, the breath, and "�?y�?ma", to lengthen or extend. It is often translated as control of the life force (prana). When used as a technical term in yoga, it is often translated more specifically as "breath control". Literal translations include A. A. Macdonell's "suspension of breath" and I. K. Taimni's "regulation of breath". (Wikipedia)

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