A state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances. Stress happens due to being under lots of pressure, facing big challenges, worries, not having much or any control over the outcome of a situation, having responsibilities that you’re finding overwhelming, not having enough work, activities or change in life. Stress also occurs due to threat, fear, and uncertainty.
Lie down on your back with the hands placed near the thighs and palms facing upwards.The heels should be slightly apart while the toes pointing outwards.The whole body should be relaxed.All the parts of the body – neck, chest, shoulders, waist, eyes, knees, legs, feet and hands should be completely relaxed.
Lie on your stomach, with the arms crossed under your head. Rest the forehead on the wrists of the hands. Close the eyes and let your whole body relax into the floor. Let the heels turn out and let the legs flop open.
Breathe deeply, pressing the belly down into the floor with each inhalation and hold for every 6-10 breaths. With each exhalation allow your body to relax deeper into the floor.
To release: bring the palms under your shoulders and slowly press up on the floor or child pose or roll over onto your back.
It is the fourth limb of Astanga Yogam and called as the soul of Yoga science. According to Siddha literatures, other names for pranayamam are vaasiyogam, sarapazhakkam, vayutharanai, moochupayirchi, swasapanthanam, swasapayirchi, pranavayu.
Means vital source of energy which motivates the element of the earth, the source for the origin of thought, breath, respiration, life, vitality, wind, and strength.
Means to regulate, to restrain, to control, to channelize and to stretch.
Means to inspire, motivate, regulate, and balance the vital force of man for a long, healthy and happy life.
The text Thirumanthiram says there are three types of Respiration.
1. Pooragam – Inhalation of air from the admosphere for 16 mathirai.
2. Kumbagam- Holding of air inside the body for 64 mathirai.
3. Resekam – Exhalation of air for 32 mathirai.
All the inhalations through the Right nostril and all exhalations through the left nostril.
All the inhalations through the Left nostril and all exhalation s through the Right nostril.