Pranayama is most often defined as “the control of the breath.” It is true that on the existential level, the easiest perceivable manifestation of prana, and therefore that upon which it is easiest to act, is deemed to be the breath.
So the yogi mostly relies on his/her breath for the absorption, assimilation and manipulation of this vital energy.
Nonetheless, there is a deeper meaning to this term pranayama as well. Air is not the only vehicle for the prana. Prana expresses as any force, power and energy manifested in the Universe, both physical and subtle. Moreover, prana manifests within beings as the different physical, mental and psychic processes.
The fine movements of the nerves in a living body and the powers of the mind are in fact only more specific manifestations of prana. The activity of the five senses are also expressions of prana vibrating at certain frequencies.
Before practicing pranayama, certain precautions and essentials are to be taken. For pranayama practices, one has to ensure proper place, suitable time, mitahara diet and proper light. Pranayama can be practiced to any place that is well-ventilated from external disturbances. To be fit and healthy, 15 minutes of pranayama is good. It is also suggested that pranayama should be performed under the guidance of a yoga instructor.
How to do Sudarshan Kriya
Sudarshan kriya is a breathing technique in combination with pranayamas which helps to keep synergy of inside environment with that of outside. The sudarshan kriya can be learned from the certified instructor to get the best benefits from the technique. Once well versed with the technique, one has to practice it on regular basis. The sudarshan kriya yoga daily practice takes around 20 minutes. These 20 minutes of practice gets about the benefits the practitioner at the body level and mind level. There by providing holistic growth of the person.
The playlist below helps to understand how Sudarshan kriya has benefited the people in attaining clarity of mind.