The Physiology of Pranayama

How disciplined breathing affects health, happiness and pleasure

If you spend any time doing yoga, you learn that how you breathe is an important part of the practice. What Westerners have less appreciation for is that the yoga of breath control – pranayama – is itself an independent field of yoga apart from the asanas and mental work.

The ancient Sanskrit word prana carries with it an almost mystical character. It is…

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