Asanas for pranayama
The word ” Prana ” means life force and ” pranayama ” – the process by which increased domestic reserves of prana. In “Hatha Yoga Pradipika” it said, only when practicing asana body vital functions is regulated and moderate diet, he should start practicing the next stage of hatha yoga, pranayama ie.
Perform Pranayama is recommended after the morning toilet. It is best to practice Pranayama on an empty stomach. If this is not possible, it is permissible to drink a cup of coffee, tea or milk before going in. Eating can be an hour after pranayama. After full meals before starting pranayama should be at least four hours. Practice Pranayama is recommended at the same time each day. This gives the best results. In accordance with the texts of yoga, pranayama need to perform while sitting on the floor on a bed of blankets. As a sitting posture, you can choose any of the three postures of yoga : Svastikasanu, Virasanu or Padmasana. We advise to choose from these asanas one that is for you physically stable and gives peace of mind.
It is believed that pranayama as crossed legs posture give strength and stability. In Padmasana easy to keep the spine straight and your mind clear. The base of the spine, and perineum are raised above the floor, giving a feeling of weightlessness and the body steady, focused state of mind. The base of the body becomes light, which gives the possibility of thoracic expand during pranayama. The body is compact, self-contained, it does not distract the outside world, and it takes you deeper in pranayama and dhyana. Asana should not disturb the process of pranayama . If this happens, get into an easier position as long as Padmasana reaches the desired degree of perfection. Svastikasana recommended for joint stiffness and swelling of the legs, osteochondrosis, flat feet, prostate diseases and disorders of the menstrual cycle. Svastikasana has a calming effect on the nervous system, creates good posture and restores blood flow in all organs of the abdomen. It directs the external flow of energy inside, bringing relief from fatigue. Virasana helps to develop good posture, reduces stress in the legs, provides an excellent stretching joints ankles.
Whatever position you choose for pranayama, make sure that your spine was well stretched and arched and the body stores the forward position. Feet should be fixed, as the root to the top of the trunk remains in force and strength. Pull the thigh muscles towards the spine – it helps the body to maintain an upright position. Take care that the weight does not fall on the hip.
Balance the vertebrae of the coccyx and cervical spine one over the other and make sure that they are at the same angle to the floor, to the body, do not tilt forward or backward. Straighten the spine (vertebra by vertebra) and pull it up towards the head. Stretching from the base to the top should feel as if you climb the stairs – step by step. First, fix the position of the spine, and then properly arrange all the rest of the body.
Usually the sacrum flexes and bulges outward, affecting the flow of energy in the base body. Therefore it is necessary to involve and raise the sacrum. The lumbar spine is usually flexes inward. This needs to be corrected, creating a space between the waist and chest. Then the body will acquire the ability to stretch vertically upwards. The thoracic spine is normally curved, and light lie in the thoracic cavity. This division is necessary to bend to the internal organs to function well. Cervical spine need a little push back, and then pull up, it will set up the necessary body connectedness and integration of mind. Spine, with all its natural curves should be straight, with no extra bumps and hollows, to the energy and life force to flow freely throughout the body.