Traditional Yoga by Yogi Gurmukh Singh

What is “Yoga / Pranayama”

Yoga and Pranayama have their origin in India and have taken a form of science, which is considered to be a great legacy of India to the world. Though its origin is shrouded in antiquity, it was organised in a definite system by Maharishi Patanjali in his treatise (Philosophy of Yoga) or ‘Yoga sutra’ as it is popularly known. Let us first understand the term Yoga and Pranayama, as they are understood in the science of Yoga. The dictionary meaning of Yoga is to Join or to combine, to establish unity or proximity with.’’

This term has been derived from the Sanskrit root Yoga which almost accords with its dictionary meaning quoted above. Answer which the Yogacharyas give is: to unite with Brahma the ultimate reality, from which this universe has emerged and in which it will ultimately dissolve. This reality in popular parlance is addressed and known as ‘GOD’.

It is believed that this kind of unity or proximity can be established by concentration of mind, by observing the physical and mental disciplines and doing exercises as professed by those who claim to have been successful in bringing about such unity or proximity by development of certain virtues etc.

Pranayama: Is the technique by which ‘Prana’ (Life Force) can be controlled and regulated, in a manner, which enables an aspirant to establish unity with Ultimate reality, or reach the state of Samadhi.

Maharishi Patanjali propounds eight fold discipline for those who desire to travel on the path of Yoga. They include : (1) Five Yamas (2) Five Niyamas (3) Several Asanas (4) Pranayama (5) Pratyahara (6) Dharana (7) Dhyana (8) Samadhi. ‘

’PRANAYAMA’’ is a scientific method, being a part of Yoga as preached and propounded by accomplished yogis of yore and systematised by Maharishi Patanjali. From the therapeutic point of view, except the diseases pertaining to bones, enormous benefit and curative effect can be achieved by Yogic exercises of which Asanas (postures) and Pranayama (control of breath) are integral parts. Only asanas are not enough for curing serious and chronic diseases like asthma, heart disease, cancer, diabetes etc. Unless, along with the prescribed Asanas, Pranayama- a system of breath control is also practised. The practise of Pranayama is so simple, innocent and harmless that even children, sick people ple and aged also can practise it without any harm.

Different kinds of Pranayama Exercises

Bhastrika (pronounced bah-STREE-kah),[1] is one of the most important pranayamas. It is a very mysterious pranayama and not much is known about it. However, many believe that it is a combination of Kapalbhati and Anulom Vilom pranayama. It is a breathing technique where breathing is forcible and through the nose, with equal time for inhalation and exhalation.[2]Bhastrika Pranayama is aimed at keeping the inhalation cycle equal to exhalation, yet making breath deeper and longer. Deep breath inwards and long exhalation outwards with equal time intervals constitutes this pranayama technique.

Benefits : Heart, lungs, brain, depression, migraine, paralysis, neural system, aabha aabha, tej, obesity, constipation, gastric, acidity, Croesus (liver), hepatitis B, uterus, diabetes, stomach problems, cholesterol, allergic problems, asthma, snoring, concentration, and even cancer and AIDS.

Within yoga, there are many different breathing exercises, called pranayamas. They all have different focuses, benefits, and drawbacks. Kapalbhati is a Sanskrit word meaning “shining forehead” or “shining skull.” The name refers to the glow of energy that eventually appears on the face of the long-term practitioner. This technique focuses on the abdominal muscles, where the lower chakras are. It energizes the body and purifies it of toxins.

Benefits

  • Diseases of heart, lungs and brain get cured.
  • Obesity, diabetes, flatulence, constipation, acidity and diseases pertaining to kidneys and prostate glands etc. are cured.
  • If done regularly for five minutes daily, it relieves constipation, Blood sugar becomes normal and weight in the abdominal region reduces considerably.
  • Blockages in the arteries are also cleared.
  • Peace and stability of mind are achieved. No negative thoughts occur. Troubles like depression are cured.
  • Chakras are purified and ¡¡chakras from Muladhar-Chakra to Sahsrar Chakra are filled with pious Cosmic Energy.
  • Organs in the abdominal cavity viz. stomach, pancreas, liver, spleen, intestine, prostate and kidney function more efficiently and develop immunity towards diseases. This is the best exercise; benefits accrued by this cannot be obtained by several other asanas. It strengthens the intestines and improves digestion
  • Face become Lustrous and attractive
  • Diseases related to Kapha like asthma, respiratory troubles, allergies, sinus, etc. are cured.

Anuloma Viloma is also called the Alternate Nostril Breathing Technique. In this Breathing Technique, you inhale through one nostril, retain the breath, and exhale through the other nostril in a ratio of 2:8:4. The left nostril is the path of the Nadi called Ida and the right nostril is the path of the Nadi called Pingala. If you are really healthy, you will breathe predominantly through the Ida nostril about one hour and fifty minutes, then through the Pingala nostril. But in many people, this natural rhythm is disturbed. Anuloma Viloma restores, equalizes and balances the flow of Prana in the body.

One round of Anuloma Viloma is made up of six steps, as shown below. Start by practicing three rounds and build up slowly to twenty rounds, extending the count within the given ratio.

The Vishnu Mudra

In Anuloma Viloma, you adopt the Vishnu Mudra with your right hand to close your nostrils. Tuck your index and middle finger into your nose. Place the thumb by your right nostril and your ring and little fingers by your left.

Benefits: heart, high BP, heart blockage, vat-cuf-pit, arthritis, cartilage, bent ligaments, sinual fluid reduced, parkinson, paralysis, neural related, depression, migraine pain, asthma, sinus, allergy

Bhramari pranayama is very effective in instantly calming your mind down. It is one of the best breathing exercises to release the mind of agitation, frustration or anxiety and get rid of anger. A simple-to-do technique, can be practiced anywhere at work or home, and an instant option available to de-stress yourself.

This breathing technique derives its name from the black Indian bee called Bhramari. (Bhramari = type of Indian bee; pranayama = breathing technique). The exhalation in this pranayama resembles the typical humming sound of a bee, which explains why it is named so.

Benefits: Good for sinus problem, hypertension, heart blockage, etc. Vibrations created by humming destroys negative energy, reduces stress/tension, depression, fears and doubts. it is better to do soft humming that gently reverberates in the sinuses and the skull rather than powerful vibration. Four to five repetitions of Bhramari is plenty. People with epilepsy, head trauma or tumor, migraine, severe or persistent headaches should avoid Bhramari.

By using the SIKH Meditation Mantra (Waheguru) in our daily Pranayama technique. This sacred mantra is initiated in each ear by the ‘chosen one’.

This mantra has a very strict code of practise the way it is initiated and recited. This is a very powerful tool to attain enlightenment with the ‘SATGURU’ (DIVINE). Simran is the divine energy, which regulates the entire functioning out of the universe. With every act of breathing in and breathing out, mentally go on repeating the mantra (‘Waheguru’). The speed of respiration should be slow and subtle that you yourself hear this Mantra.

Known in the west as the Sun Salutations, Surya Namaskar was first developed thousands of years ago by the ancient Hindus who worshipped the sun, or Surya, as the creator of all things. The execution of Surya Namaskar is often presented visually with students ranged in a circle, suggesting that the roots of this practice were indeed inspired by a reverence for the sun. The root of Namaskar, namas, translates as “to bow or adore”. At the start of every yoga class, students bring their hands together in front of their hearts to begin the first round of Surya Namaskar.

Surya Namaskar is a sequence of 12 postures that flow one into the other guided by the inhale and exhale of your breath. The first posture is Mountain pose. It is in fact, the posture that should begin every yoga practice; not just the Sun Salutation. Some of the more recognizable poses that comprise the Sun Salutations are Upward and Downward Dog and Four-Limbed Staff poses. Always starting and ending in a standing position, you’ll engage every major muscle group as you stretch and ground into every pose. Linking the postures with your breath ensures the safe execution of every pose that demands exertion and the release of tension when in counter-pose. Attempt each pose in the Surya Namaskar series before you string them together. Discover the nuances of the postures and be aware of your limits. Surya Namaskar yoga is a challenging undertaking, but with practice can be enjoyed for its many benefits.

Each one of the postures in Surya Namaskar was designed to benefit a portion of the body. The very first act of bringing the palms together in front of the sternum facilitates the spreading of the scapula which can become scrunched during a normal day of stress. When lowering into Plank Pose, the triceps are engaged and by holding the pose a few seconds longer, strengthened. The legs are engaged in alternately stretching and grounding into a pose such as Warrior Two. By maintaining this posture for the length of several breaths, the quadriceps of the forward bending leg along with the hamstrings of the back outstretched leg are strengthened with the effort of keeping you balanced. Contracting your abs throughout the series will ensure the safety of your lower back and have the added benefit of whittling your waist.

Classes

1) Group swssions are available at different venues.(eg: Fiveways health centre)

2) One To One Sessions are available (eg: office, or luxury of your home or our centre)

3) Onsite Yoga sessions  Are Available  (eg: where our experienced yoga practitioner goes to your office), Please note All prices do vary depending on what classes  you are doing

Daily classes are available:

Venue: Fiveways health centre, Ladywood middleway Birmingham B16-8ha.

Prices: Beginners class price…£5/session drop in (only at fiveways)

  • Regular classes £5/session (Only at fiveways)
  • Other Venues prices may vary.
  • Group Corporate classes/entrepreneurs (onsite):

60 minute class- £75 | 75 minute class- £85

(maximum of 15 people).

For larger groups and functions Contact ”Yogi G” for more info

Daily Yoga classes

Mon: Basic Hatha Yoga, Working on your core muscles, Sun salutations and Pranayama
Breathing: 8pm to 9pm

Tues: Basic Body Stretches, Sun salutations and Pranayama
Breathing: 7pm to 8pm.

Thurs: Basic Hatha Yoga, Sun salutations and Pranayama
Breathing: 7pm to 8pm

Fri: Pranayama Yoga/Mantra Meditation: 6.45pm to 7.30pm

Sat: Weight Loss Formula, Sun salutations and Pranayama
Breathing: 10am to 11am

Sun: Work on Sun Salutations, Pranayama Yoga: 11am to 12pm.

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