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Prana means life force energy,infact the whole world is created just bcuz of prana,yama means rhythmic breathing......
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To balance and maintain pranic energy is pranayam
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Pranayam literally means to control one's life (To expand & control the life force - Prana). The breathing exercises in Pranayam (Controlled breathing), brings a lot of Oxygen to our body making the body function at its optimum & it also drives away the negativity.
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Pranayam means control of pran or vital force. According to the sage Patanjali it means controlled breathing which includes deep inhaling, exhaling and retention of breath.
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pran means "breath" and ayama means "exercise" shortly when one person does exercise of breathing he or she is doing pranayama.
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Yoga for Holistic Approach

Pranayama it consists of two words Prana (life vital force, basic fabrics of the all creation) Ayama is expansion, extension, Prolongation, Restraint or control etc) it is a systematic process of breathing techniques to get control over the Prana.
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The simple definition as a lay man can understand is, Prana is subtle energy and breath is its gross form. Yama is to gain control or Mastery over the same. This science of reaching Prana thro Breathig technics can be called Pranayama.
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Many people equate prana with air or breath and therefore difine pranayama as the exercise of breathing .but this concept is worng and misleading. Prana .in the fact.is the vital energy which provieds each and every element of the world .whether organic or introrganic . It is no doubt .related to fhe...
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Many people equate prana with air or breath and therefore difine pranayama as the exercise of breathing .but this concept is worng and misleading. Prana .in the fact.is the vital energy which provieds each and every element of the world .whether organic or introrganic . It is no doubt .related to fhe air and breath .but prana is not only the air .it is vital energy in the air while talking of pranayama .we should always keep in mind the difference between the air and the vital energy within it .the world meaning of pranayam is the expansion of prana . The aim of pranayama is to inspire infuse .control .regaulate and balance the prana shakti ( vital energy ) In the body. read less
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It is the regulation of Prana in the body. It is generally confused with Svasayama- regulation of breath.
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Wherever Prana goes, mind goes and vice versa. Prana is energy. Breath control enables to control this energy to some extent. So, using the variations in breathing pattern, we are trying to gain some amount of mastery over Prana, thereby moving the mind to different centers in the body is called Pran...
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