Pranayama is the combination of the Sanskrit words prana (lifeforce) and ayama (control). It is oftentimes loosely translated to be a set "breathing techniques". In the practice of yoga, pranayama plays an important part.
Let's take a closer look at the breath. Most of the information that follows comes from my notes and observations from
H. David Coulter's Anatomy of Hatha Yoga:
- Why Yogis focus on the breath:
- How breathing affects the autonomic nervous system:
- Good breathing (pranayama) techniques: