| Yoga in State College
| Pranalogy is the science of the study of the breath and the study of our individual life
force or Prana.
One definition of Prana is “That force which causes us to breathe the first
moment we are born.”
This article from AboutKidsHealth.ca somewhat explains the
biological process but ends with a very interesting statement.
“The most profound change at birth is your first breath. At this point, your lungs, which were filled with
fluid during pregnancy, must suddenly fill with oxygen from the air. The fluid in the lungs is removed
through the blood and lymph system, and is replaced by air. Your lungs must be able to exchange oxygen
for carbon dioxide. At the same time, vigorous blood circulation in the lungs will begin. The first few
breaths after birth may be the most difficult breaths you will take for the rest of your life. There are a
couple of things that will stimulate you to take your first breath. Hormonal and other changes during labor
slow down or stop the production of fluid in the lungs, and may initiate the reabsorption of fluid from the
lungs." There are probably many other factors that stimulate your first breath, but they have not been
Pranalogy may also be referred to as the study of Pranayama, which is the fourth limb of
Yoga coming from the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.
Air is our most valuable asset. If you
were given a choice of $10,000 or 3 more days worth of air ~ unless you were
considering passing on an inheritance ~ I think the choice is pretty clear.
Pranalogy is the study of what best to do with this valuable resource and how to do it.
Although not a new science, the name is relatively new and the science is emerging into
the public consciousness as the benefits of this knowledge spread throughout the
population. Mostly taught in Yoga Ashrams and Yoga Studios throughout the world;
Pranalogy will start making it’s inroads into Medical Schools , Respiratory Therapist’s
offices, Doctor’s offices and Hospitals as well as into general life situations. Situations
being referred to here are those which call for appropriate responses to not only critical
moments, but also moments of pleasure, activity areas such as sports, and creativity.
| Yoga in State College
|| Those who study and teach Pranalogy are referred to as Pranalogists.
Some of the Pranayamas and their benefits are listed below. They are mostly gleaned
from two books written by Saraswati; however this is by no means the only source of this
aspect of Pranalogy. Over the centuries these methods have been passed down from
instructor to student over and over again and it is only within the last 100 or so years that
they have been widely available in literature and video.
Here is a list of some Pranyamas:
Nadi Shodhana Pranayama ( various techniques ) ~ Benefits: Increases awareness of and sensitivity to
the breath in the nostrils. Minor blockages are removed and the flow of breath in both nostrils becomes balanced. Breathing through
the left nostril activates the right brain hemisphere breathing thru the right nostril activates the left hemisphere. It also gives more
pronounced balancing of the breath and the brain hemispheres. It has calming effects and relieves anxiety, and improves
Antar and Bahir Kumbhaka ( methods ) ~ Benefits : gives profound psychological effects, purifies and
balances the pranic forces.
Sheetali Pranayama ~ Benefits: This practice cools the body and affects important brain centers associated with
biological drives and temperature regulation. It cools and reduces mental and emotional excitation, and encourages the free flow of
prana throughout the body.
Bhramari Pranayama ~ Benefits: Relieves stress and cerebral tension, and so helps in alleviating anger, anxiety and
insomnia, increasing the healing capacity of the body. It strengthens and improves the voice. Bhramari induces a meditative state by
harmonizing the mind.
Ujjayi Pranayama ~ Benefits: Ujjayi is classified as a tranquillizing pranayama and it also has a heating effect on the
body. This practice soothes the nervous system and calms the mind. It has a profoundly relaxing effect at the psychic level. It helps to
Bhastrika Pranayama ~ Bhastrika reduces the level of carbon dioxide in the blood. It helps to alleviate inflammation in
the throat and any accumulation of phlegm. It balances and strengthens the nervous system, inducing peace, tranquility and
one pointedness of mind in preparation for meditation.
Kapalbhati Pranayama ~ Benefits: good for smokers to clean lungs, balances nervous system, removes sensory
distractions, removes sleepiness. Good for spiritual aspirants as it energizes the mind before meditation.
Moorchha Pranayama ~ Benefits: enable a psychic state to be experienced. Mental tranquility. Helps alleviate anger
Surya Bheda Pranayama ~ Benefits: Creates heat in the body. Increases extroversion and dynamism.
Physical activities are performed more efficiently. Alleviates lethargy. Increases alertness and perception.
To become a certified Pranalogist you must learn the above mentioned Pranayamas to the extent that you can practice and teach them
from memory along with the intricate methodologies that accompany some of the Pranayamas.
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