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Yogic Pranayama (Breathing For Long Life and Good Health)

Yogic Pranayama (Breathing For Long Life and Good Health)
$23.50
Item Code: NAE042
Author: Dr. K. S. Joshi
Publisher: Orient Paperbacks
Edition: 2011
ISBN: 9788122200898
Pages: 180 (Throughout B/W Illustrations)
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 8.5 inch X 5.5 inch
weight of the book: 245 gms
About The Book

Pranayama helps in recovery and restoration of good health.

This is a complete one-of-its-kind book on the widely known yet little understood science and practice of yogic pranayama. Written specially for the uninitiated, the book traces the origin of pranayama, clarifies some of the common misconceptions, discusses the significance of practice of pranayama in maintaining good health and, most important, explains in detail the practice of pranayama — its different components and varieties, the various asanas, bandhas, kriyas and mudras.

The focus of the book is practical, with each asana illustrated and each photograph accompanied with explanatory text.

There is a separate section of how pranayaina helps in recovery and restoration of good health and how the practice of different and specific asanas can speed up recovery from common ailments, aches, pains, postural defects, diabetes, obesity, stomach problems, piles, asthma, arthritis, gout, etc.

Contents

1What is Pranayama9
Pranayama is control of breath11
How did pranayama originate13
Why do we breathe at all14
Why should we control the breath16
What can pranayama do18
2Misconceptions About Pranayama Removed20
Pranayama is not for the householder20
Pranayama is dangerous22
Pranayama should begin only after mastering22
Yama, niyama, and asana23
Pranayama should be practised only after initiation24
Pranayama gives unusual powers25
Pranayama nullifies the effect of heat or cold26
Pranayarna gives the capacity to hold the breath infinitel27
Pranayama prolongs life28
Beliefs regarding relation of pranayama with food28
3Before Making A Beginning30
Proper arrangements for training30
Fitness of the student32
Age for starting pranayam34
For Both the Sexes34
Selection of the place35
What to wear36
Time of practice36
Diet and food habits37
Combination of pranayama with other activities40
Regularity of practice40
Measurement of time41
A clear nasal passage42
Preparing the seat44
Postures suitable for pranayama44
Sukhasana45
Vajrasana.46
Swastikasana46
Siddliasana47
Padmasana48
4How To Practise Pranayama Three components of pranayama52
Yukta pranayama56
Breathing through one nostril58
Making a beginning60
Introduction of kumbhaka (retention)68
Application of Bandhas (holds)72
Jivha Bandha74
Jalandhara Bandha74
Uddiyana Bandha74
Mula Bandha76
Three grades of kumbhaka78
Incessant abdominal breathing81
Holding the breath out84
5Varieties of Pranayama Anuloma-viloma86
Ujjayi89
Suryabhedana89
Bhastrika90
Shitali91
Sitkari91
Bhramari92
Moorcha94
Plavini95
6Pranayama A Key To Good Health98
Importance of good health98
What constitutes health99
Mechanism of breathing101
Exchange of gases in the lungs102
Nervous control of respiration104
Breathing under abnormal conditions105
Effects of pranayamic breathing107
Erect sitting posture108
Relaxation of the body and mind109
Filling and emptying of the lungs111
Influence on ventilatory rate111
Pressure changes in the thoracic and abdominal cavities112
Exercise of the muscles of respiration113
Activation of hitherto silent areas of the brain114
Pranayama: a key to good health117
Digestion117
Circulation of blood118
Respiration119
Secretion119
Excretion120
Reproduction121
7Co-ordination of various functions121
Pranayama For The Cure of Disorders Cause of ill health124
Environmental conditions125
Heredity125
Moderation of behaviour126
Faulty Diet127
Work and Rest127
Cleanliness and Hygien127
Pollution128
Lack of exercise128
Stress134

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