Yoga is a science and pranayama is an application of this science.Subtle breath alone, as a purely mechanical operation,can create an appropriate effect on our body, mind and spirit. However, it has been observed that the effect of these techniques can be greatly amplified when they are applied with sensitivity and awareness of their subtle influences, and with a deeper understanding of the relationship between the body, energy and mind.
In the Chandogyopanishad it is stated that the five tattvas have evolved from the mind,the mind has evolved from prana and prana has evolved from pure consciousness. Thus the tattvas are present in every form of creation. In the physical body, they manifest as chitta shakti, prana shakti and atma shakti, which act on the body and mind through energy channels or nadis and the breath or swara.
Breathing is something we do all the time, everyday but have you ever wondered that each nostril of ours has it’s own significance in determining the things that happen in our life. Each nostril breathing effects the states of our mind and body in it’s own way. There is a noticeable difference between the breath taken in from each of the nostrils.
New studies conducted by American Scientists have shown the benefits of controlled breaths. (something known to Yogis for centuries)Dr. Richard brown, an associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Columbia university and co-author of “The healing power of the breath ” says Controlled breathing can change the body’s autonomic response of nervous system which controls many unconscious processes.“An initiative to tell you about the techniques that were taught by Himalayan/vedic shamans to control breathing patterns and how each pattern is an exercise in its own way,has been taken. Each breathing exercise enhances a particular Subconscious capability.