Exploring The Scientific and Spiritual Benefits of Pranayama

Last Update on February 19, 2021 : Published on October 6, 2020
Exploring The Scientific and Spiritual Benefits of Pranayama

In Sanskrit, “prana” means breath; a life-giving force, and “Yama” means reining in or control. Pranayama, in practice, requires breathing deep and controlling the breathing patterns. In yoga, pranayama is combined with postures and meditation.

Pranayama is the yogic practice of controlling your breathing in yoga. The goal of this practice is to connect the body with the mind. Breathing in and out in a controlled manner also helps in removing toxins from the body.

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The Eight Types of Pranayama One Should Practice:

    Some of the common types of Pranayama are:

  • Nadi Shodhana or Nostril breathing
  • Ujjayi Pranayama
  • Bhramari Pranayama
  • Bhastrika Pranayama or Bellow’s breath
  • Shitali Pranayama
  • Kapalabhati Pranayama
  • Anuloma & Viloma Pranayama
  • Sheetkari Pranayama
  • we are sharing with you a video to help you practice deep breathing:

Scientific Benefits of Pranayama:

1. Stress Relief

Practicing pranayama can reduce stress and helps calm the nervous system. This response is because of the increased uptake of oxygen in the body.

2. Sleep Hygiene

Bhramari pranayama helps slow down breathing which can help with sleep disorders or insomnia. Practicing pranayama lessens snoring, daytime sleepiness, and sluggishness. Yoga Nidra meditation is the best practice for sleep disorders.

According to a recent Study doing pranayama is also helpful for people with obstructive sleep apnea.

3. Mindfulness

During pranayama, the body and the mind are required to be in sync and focused on the present. Mindfulness means living in the moment. Practicing pranayama improves focus and concentration hence promoting mindfulness.

Many researchers have found that people who include pranayam in their daily rituals have better emotional regulation and concentration.

4. Relieves Hypertension

Hypertension is caused by high blood pressure and can increase the risks of heart diseases and strokes. Pranayama helps control stress and contributes to relaxation. Practicing this technique helps concentrate on breathing that in turn reduces stress.

5. Strengthens Respiratory functions

Practicing pranayama breathing helps to improve lung function. These breathing exercises can help with people who have asthma, bronchitis, or people who are in recovery from tuberculosis or other respiratory problems.

6. Develop Cognitive function

Along with improving lung function, pranayama breathing exercises are also helpful in enhancing cognitive functions in the body like memory, sensory functions, reasoning skills, and mood imbalance.

Develop Cognitive function

Spiritual Benefits of Pranayama

Pranayama or any deep breathing exercises helps you to connect the body with the mind. By creating mindfulness, pranayama can increase the feeling of tranquillity and stillness in a person. By increasing the feeling of calm, pranayama practice can give us the solitude that helps revive our mind and soul.

Yoga is one of the many forms to connect to a higher power or “Self”. By practicing these exercises, we give our senses a boost that helps channel positive energies and vibes to our mind, body, and soul.

Pranayama exercises aim to strengthen the connection between the mind and body. Let your body take care of your mind and soul.

Breathe in. Breathe out.

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About The Author

Swarnakshi Sharma
Swarnakshi Sharma

Swarnakshi is a content writer at Calm sage, who believes in a healthier lifestyle for mind and body. A fighter and survivor of depression, she strives to reach and help spread awareness on ending the stigma surrounding mental health issues. A spiritual person at heart, she believes in destiny and the power of Self. She is an avid reader and writer and likes to spend her free time baking and learning about world cultures.


  1. Akanksha

    This is something Good

  2. Sophia

    I agree, Pranayama take care of your mind and soul. It's already a part of my daily routine!

  3. Mridula

    Pranayam is important exercise.

  4. mariya jonsan
    mariya jonsan

    Pranayama is my daily ritual after doing it i feel relaxed and calm , Pranayama is the way to start your healthy morning .

  5. Chris Smith
    Chris Smith

    If you can master this, you can add those bonus 10 years to your lifespan!

  6. Aditi Singh
    Aditi Singh

    Everyone should include Yoga and Pranayama in his daily life.

  7. Harshita Singh Chauhan
    Harshita Singh Chauhan

    Finally! I am gonna start doing pranayama by knowing its benefits.

  8. Anamika Sinha
    Anamika Sinha

    Stress Relief is the best benefit which I get by doing pranayam

  9. Aayushi Kapoor
    Aayushi Kapoor

    Amazing content... loved the way you presented information

  10. Mansi Vijay
    Mansi Vijay

    Pranayam does strengthen the connection between the mind and body. Thanks for this informative article. Learned something new today!

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