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Precautions to be Taken while Practicing Pranayama

Before the practice of any Pranayama, a few precautionary measures are to be taken as indicated below:

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  • Bladder should be emptied and bowels to be evacuated. Place chosen should have enough air circulation and light.
  • Sit on a mat or folded bed sheet in the floor. Choose a comfortable asana (posture) and ensure that the back is erect.
  • Commence with deep exhalation and end with inhalation, as it is necessary to breathe out whatever air is remaining in the lungs.

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  • All breathing exercises should be done through nostrils only, and not through the mouth, except in cases of Sitali, Sitkari and Sadanta pranayamas wherein suck-in is done through the mouth and breathe-out is done through the nostrils.
  • While breathing in, the abdomen and chest should bulge and expand, whereas while breathing out, draw the stomach inward resulting in contract of the abdomen.
  • Pranayama has to be practiced with eyes closed, unlike yogasanas where the eyes are kept open.
  • Pranayamas should always be practiced after yogasanas and not the vice-versa. If both cannot be practiced at one session, asanas may be practiced in the mornings and pranayama in the evenings.

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  • The process of inhalation and exhalation should be smooth, gentle and methodical and not vigorous and jerky.
  • The duration and number of rounds of yogic breathing may be increased gradually depending on the practitioner’s capacity.
  • Women should avoid pranayama practice  during menstruation.

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Written by: healthplus24.com team

Date last updated: February 05, 2016