The Sanskrit word Prana means life and Yama means consciousness. The combination of two is called conscious breathing. I was surprised to see the terminology called Tibetan Pranayama because science is derived from the ancient Indian Yoga. I searched for the phrase and found the 9 round-cycle of practicing it. I wasn’t surprised to see it very similar to the breathing exercise during the morning meditation of the Hindus. Let me tell you how it works.
Sit on the lotus posture with a straight spine. Relax your muscles and breathe normally. It is a good practice to clean your nostrils with clean water before the start. Close your eyes and stay still for a few minutes.
Now, your mind will start disturbing you. Streams of thoughts flow into your mind from the past and future. Keep still and do nothing. You have to try and focus on your breathing. Ignore all the thoughts.
Once your mind calms down, you can start the next exercise. There is no need to imagine anything. Keep breathing and increase its depth. You may have to do it for the next few minutes until your mind and body are comfortable. Keep your eyes closed.
Close your left nostril gently with the right index finger. Take a deep breath from the right nostril until you feel the lungs are full.
Stay still for a few seconds. Now, open the left nostril and close the right nostril with the index finger of your left hand.
Exhale slowly through the right nostril. You have to make sure there is no sound from the nostril during exhalation.
Repeat the exercise as long as you are comfortable. Then you can stop.
Now, you have to breathe through both the nostrils without blocking any of them. Exhale and inhale gradually and deeply. You should be conscious of your breathing.
Keep your mind empty of all the thoughts. It may take several days or weeks before you can do it. Keep breathing deeply as long as you are comfortable. Then you can open your eyes and come out of the lotus posture.
Tibetan Pranayama Benefits:
The first experience you get is the calming of your mind. Negative thoughts start reducing gradually with time. Your reactions to people, places, situations, and conditions will slow down. The impulsive reactions will considerably reduce. However, you can’t expect miracles overnight.
The mind has to flow like a river. External stimuli can act as blocks to the flow. They can also invoke the hidden impulses from your subconscious mind. The mind has a tendency to carry the burdens from the past in the form of negative memories. Your mind is unable to flow freely because of these factors. Tibetan Pranayama can clear the blocks and give the freedom to flow to your mind.
Keep practicing regularly and you can experience a gradual increase in your efficiency levels in professional and personal life.
Make sure you drink plenty of water and fruit juices during the day. You can experience the feelings of relaxation and comfort during extreme stressful conditions also. I will be back with more content in my next blog posts.