Anulom Vilom Pranayama is a popular breathing exercise associated with traditional yoga which is used to calm the mind and body. ‘Anulom’ translates as ‘with the grain’ or ‘natural’ whilst ‘vilom’ means ‘against the grain’. We can do this exercise through deep breath inhalation and exhalation while alternating between the right and left nostril with the help of our fingers.
This Pranayama is very simple to perform and has a large number of benefits:
We can reduce stress by performing this exercise and in turn improve the overall performance of the body. This also helps us keep ailments like depression and anxiety at bay. Even the way our brain functions improves, which helps to:
- prevent neurological disorders
- reduce headaches/migraines
- manage anger
- improve quality of sleep
Maintains blood pressure
Blood circulation is critical for maintaining body parts and a stable mind. Pranayama maintains the blood pressure and purifies the veins and nerves in the entire body. It can also cure ailments associated with BP, such as heart blockages and diabetes.
Keeps heart healthy
Anulom vilom improves the performance of the heart by ensuring purified and uninterrupted flow of blood. It also prevents artery blockage, leaving arteries cleaner, improving blood flow and shielding us against heart attacks or cardiac arrests. Additionally, pathogenic cholesterol, HDL (High-Density Lipoprotein) and LDL (Low-Density Lipoprotein) are within acceptable levels.
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Fosters overall goodness
This deep-breathing exercise maintains a healthy appetite of the organs and also keeps external beauty alive. It activates tissues and re-energizes the body to boost freshness and drive away dullness. It also emotionally uplifts us, pushing us to be positive and have a healthy facial glow.
Regulated breathing shields us against stomach infections, constipation issues and other illnesses. It strengthens the functioning of the digestive system and can also help in excess weight reduction and obesity disorders. This requires one to have natural and high-quality food which not only improves digestion but imbibes positive energy.
Reduces sinus problems and snoring
Constant breathing removes blockages in nostrils and ensures the smooth flow of oxygen supply in the body. Issues such as sinus and snoring would subsequently be cleared and improve the quality of sleep. It also helps strengthen the immune system and fights against viruses such as common cold and cough.
Anuloma viloma also causes the stamina of the lungs to improve rapidly and treats respiratory issues like asthma and other allergies. It combats infections which can otherwise cause problems like bronchitis or chest infection. With the improvement of the overall breathing pattern, one can focus on breathing in positive energy and releasing negative energy.
As discussed, anulom vilom pranayam is relatively simple to perform and its benefits are such that they improve the overall performance of the body.
There are no side-effects involved and can be done by individuals of all age groups. All our cells and tissues are infused with positive energy, and since our organs are linked to one another, the improvements are spread internally and externally in the body. This can also be combined with other types of exercises as well.
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