5 Pranayamas To Do Every Morning When You Wake Up
Hello Seekers, welcome! Recently, I got mail from one of my friends, asking me about Pranayama recommendations. To be honest, I’m not a certified Yoga Teacher — but based on one of the famous Yoga Guru Ramdev Baba’s recommendations, I’ve curated a list of top 5 pranayamas you can do every morning for a cheerful day and healthy lifestyle.
Swami Ramdev suggests starting your day with Bhastrika Pranayama, which is also called Forced Breathing. In this kriya, you have to breathe in and then breathe out forcefully. Check this video by Ramdev Baba, where you can follow the procedure in a systematic way and check for corrections:
Benefits: It is a balancing technique. It will help to correct any imbalance in Vatta, Pitta, and Kapha in the body. This kriya will also improve respiratory muscle efficiency, which will strengthen the lungs. It will also calm your mind and produce intense heat in the body.
The second pranayama suggested by Swami Ramdev Baba is KapalBhati. It is also called the breath of fire. In this kriya, you need to breathe out forcefully. The breathing in the process will happen naturally, so you don’t have to focus on that. Your ultimate task is to keep breathing out forcefully. Make sure you don’t do it fast or even too slow. Maintain a frequency of 1 breath per second or 100 breathings per 60 seconds.
If you have backache, hypertension, or heart-related issues, please avoid doing Kapalbhati. For a step-by-step guide and corrections, follow this video:
Benefits: Kapalbhati helps in strengthening the lungs and increases the breathing capacity, which has several benefits. It will also help in reducing the belly fat. Kapalbhati also enhances the beauty and rejuvenates your mind. It will bring spark in your life and help you feel more active.
Kapalbhati also improves blood circulation and it is good for diabetic patients. It will reap enormous benefits if you do this pranayama every morning.
Sit in padmasana and close your eyes. Put Vayu-Mudra (Yog Mudra) and rest your left palm on your thighs. Now with your right hand, close the right nostril with the right thumb. Inhale slowly through the left nostril, inhale the oxygen as much as you can, this will fill your lungs with air. Do this for 5 to 10 minutes daily when you sit for pranayama. Here’s a reference video:
Anulom-Vilom brings in positivity in life and cures mental and emotional disorders. It is also good for heart-diseases, hypertension, arthritis, concentration power etc.
Ujjayi pranayama is also called as Ocean-Breath. This kriya treats your throat related issues like Thyroid and many more. People who are suffering from snoring can also benefit from this kriya.
This ancient kriya is both energizing and relaxing for your body and mind. Watch this video for a correct method of doing Ujjayi and always check for corrections. Don’t do it without full practice. This video is from Mind Body Soul (Yoga With AJ):
This is one of the best kriyas for concentration and mind-related problems. Bhramari Pranayama is also known as Humming Bee Breath. It is a calming breathing practice that soothes the nervous system. In Bhrahmari, sit straight with your spine erected. Now put your palm on your forehead in such a way that your thumb closes your ears and the other fingers close your eyes. Breathe-in fully and then when you breathe out, make a loud humming sound like a bee and feel the vibrations.
Check the video by an Ayurveda Expert:
- Improves Concentration power
- Mitigate Migraine
- Deals with stress, anxiety, tension
- Reducing blood pressure
- Helps in building focus (mind-preparation) before meditation.
Pranayamas to do every morning
I hope you now know the 5 pranayamas which you can do every morning and add it to the daily routine. They will not only help you do well in your life but also build a positive atmosphere around you to live happily. Also, you can do these kriyas during the evening, but make sure you do it only with an empty stomach.
Note: However, I would like to remind you that I’m not a Yoga specialist or teacher. So, kindly consult with your doctors if you are suffering from any medical issues before practicing any kriya listed above. Do not overdo any kriya, because Yogic kriyas can also hamper your health if you do it wrong. So, either do it with seeking advice from any Yoga-teacher or a Guru, who is himself a master of these techniques.
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