Yog Siddha Pranayama - General Practices

Yog Siddha Pranayama - General Practices

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Before learning and practicing any Yog Siddha Pranayama exercises, it is important to consider some of the common rules and safety aspects of Pranayama practice.

Yog Siddha Pranayama - Food

Food is a necessity however, healthy eating is more important to our overall well-being. Therefore, careful consideration in what we eat and how much we eat is vital. Over consumption may cause Indigestion, Gas, and Heartburn. These in turn can interfere with Pranayama practice. Drink adequate fluids throughout the day but not excessively before Pranayama.

Yog Siddha Pranayama - Timings

No time is a bad time for Pranayama and any time is a good time to practice mindful breathing! Having said that, there are certain times that would be good for certain fast breathing exercises or for regular practice. Such as early mornings, noon, and evening are good times.

  • Practicing three times can be a good way to balance the body. Having a routine might be helpful.
  • You may come up with your own creative ways to incorporate some breathing exercises during your day-to-day activities. For instance, chanting, singing, and humming are a way of practicing Pranayama while driving or working.
  • You can do a brief practice ahead of every meal or snack or drink. However, avoid fast breathing exercises immediately after a meal. You may wait at least a few hours or until the food is digested.
  • Equally after a Pranayama session, wait at least 10–20 minutes to take your meal.
  • Use any idle time such as in a waiting room, or airport lounge,for breathing exercises.
  • Before going to bed, take a few minutes to slow down the breathing, and do some gentle breathing exercises so you can have a nice deep sleep.

Yog Siddha Pranayama - Postures

  • Popularly speaking, sitting up crossed legged (Sukhasana), lotus pose (Padmasana) or Vajrasana are good postures in general for Pranayama.
  • Pranayama can also be practiced while walking, sitting in a chair upright or lying down, depending upon the exercise and the physical condition of the practitioner.
  • Make sure the location where you practice is well ventilated with a clean flow of air.
  • Avoid dusty or smoky places or places with high amounts of artificial air fresheners.

Yog Siddha Pranayama - General Precautions

  • Consult with your physician before starting any Pranayama practices to ensure that it won’t make any underlying conditions worse.
  • Don’t Rush! Take it slow and pay close attention to your emotional and physical changes.
  • During Pranayama exercises always breathe through the nostrils unless the exercise requires breathing through the mouth.
  • Don’t indulge into any exercise that you cannot physically do. For example, if one nostril is completely blocked from allergies, sinusitis, nasal congestion, etc., you may not be able to practice an exercise involving both the nostrils.
  • Avoid fast breathing exercises during illness or severe symptoms, for example, asthma.
  • Do not practice Pranayama while under the influence of any narcotic substances or alcohol.

Yog Siddha Pranayama - Health Conditions and Medications

  • Although Pranayama can help with symptom management in several diseases, it is not a primary therapeutic tool. It is an effective supplementary practice that aids healing. Hence, do not stop your medication without consulting your physician.
  • Not all Pranayama exercises are suitable for every health condition. Every Pranayama is different and the effects can be variable from person to person, and within a person at different times. So be aware of your health conditions, and follow appropriate consultations with a certified Yoga Therapist specialized in Pranayama, along with your physician. Depending upon the practice there might be adjustments required to your prescribed medication, and that will be determined by your physician.

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