Everyone nowadays is in a constant rush…rush to reach office, to get kids from school, to meet deadlines; even children rush from one tuition to the next. This drastic change is lifestyle is a culmination of modernization and an ever increasing competition. If you are not fast enough, you will be left behind. It is this fear of being left behind that is a constant stressor nowadays.
This begs the question, if modern medicine has advanced with time, why is it that are parents/grand parents kept better health than us?
Answer is STRESS. The body cannot stay healthy whilst the mind is in continuous turmoil. The countless worries and negative thoughts our brain processes leads to indisposition. Indispostion is not a disease state, rather a feeling of being under the weather.
Ironically, for a problem not very old, the solution lies in the ancient art of yoga, specifically PRANAYAMA. ‘Prana’ refers to universal life force and ‘ayama’ means ‘to regulate’. These are techniques which help us regulate our inner energy through various breathing exercises.
These exercises are easy to do, can be performed anywhere and don’t need more than 15 minutes.
1. Kapal Bhati – Considered the most important. It improves circulation and helps in detoxification.
2. Bhramari Pranayama – This is best to put a lid on your mind when you cannot stop thinking about your problems, and has proved excellent for those with hypertension, anxiety and/or insomnia.
3. Bhastrika Pranayama – Helps channelize energy and is most useful when you feel worn out during the day.
4. Nadi Shodan Pranayama – Commonly known as the ‘alternate nostril breathing’ technique, it helps improve concentration and enhances brain function.
If working out trains your muscles, these techniques train your mind. Doing these exercises for 3 minutes each, with 45-60 seconds rest in between will yield results within a month. It increases vitality and energy, and enhances general well being.