Introduction to Pranayama
A 7-Week Course for Healing through Yogic Breathing
Our breath is our body’s primary source of energy. We can survive for weeks without food and days without water…but take away our breath and we can survive at most a few minutes. This fact alone shows us just how important our breath is to the overall functioning of the body.
According to Dr. Arthur C. Guyton, MD in The Textbook on Medical Physiology, “All chronic pain, suffering, and diseases are caused by a lack of oxygen at the cell level.” Proper breathing nourishes the cells of the body with Oxygen, and optimizes the functioning of the body on all levels.
The ancient Yogic practices of Pranayama have stood the test of time for over 5,000 years, and are the most effective method of optimizing our breath and healing a wide variety of breath-related conditions. Pranayama is also a very safe and effective practice to begin at home. While there are dozens of complicated Yoga postures, there are only a few, relatively simple Pranayama techniques. If you can breathe, you can practice Pranayama.
Optimizing the breath through the practice of Pranayama helps to:
Boost the Immune System. “Oxygen plays a pivotal role in the functioning of the immune system,” according to Parris M. Kidd, Ph.D. and author of Antioxidant Adaptation. The connection of the breath with the health of our immune system has to do with the role of the breath in stress reduction. When our body is under stress, we tend to breathe more shallowly and this triggers the sympathetic nervous system to react as though we are in danger…known as the “fight or flight” response. Deep breathing triggers our parasympathetic nervous system, which reduces our sensation of stress and induces a state of calm throughout the body.
Lower Blood Pressure. In the same way that deep breathing calms the nervous system to boost our immunity, it also helps to reduce blood pressure. “The relationship between breathing and blood pressure has been known and understood for a long time,” says Robert Fried, Ph.D. and author of The Breath Connection. “It boils down to this: Elevated blood pressure accompanies those bodily states where rapid shallow breathing prevails. By altering breathing to a slow diaphragmatic mode, blood pressure decreases.”
Regulate Hormones. The pituitary gland is responsible for regulating all the glands in the body and our production of hormones. The average person takes about 15 breaths per minute. When we slow our natural breathing to a rate of 8 breaths per minute, it stimulates our pituitary gland to function optimally.
Detoxify the body. Our breath is the most detoxifying function of our body. According to Gay Hendricks, Ph.D., author of Conscious Breathing, “The human body is designed to discharge 70% of its toxins through breathing. Only a small percentage of toxins are discharged through sweat, defecation and urination. If your breathing is not operating at peak efficiency, you are not ridding yourself of toxins properly.”
Reduce the risk of Cancer. Dr. Otto Warburg, Nobel Prize winner and Director of the Max Planck Institute for Cell Physiology in Berlin, has conducted research that confirms that the key condition preceding the development of cancer is a lack of oxygen at the cellular level. He states, “Cancer has only one prime cause. It is the replacement of normal oxygen respiration of the body’s cells by anaerobic (i.e. oxygen-deficient) cell respiration.”
Heal Heart Disease. According to a Dutch Study, which compared two different groups of heart attack patients, deep breathing can reduce the risk of heart attack. The first group in the study was taught simple diaphragmatic breathing, while the second group was given no breath retraining. Over the next two years, no one from the first group had another heart attack, while 7 of the 12 members of the second group had a second heart attack.
Balance the Emotions. This is big one! Throughout our lives, most of us have learned that whenever we feel an emotion that is uncomfortable (or unacceptable) we can dull ourselves to the sensation of it by holding our breath. This is how we have learned to cope with discomfort. However, when we limit our experiences of the “bad” emotions (pain, sadness, fear, and anger), we also limit our capacity to experience the “good” emotions (joy, love, pleasure, gratitude). We become dull, numb, and lifeless. However, through expanding and deepening our breath, we can restore our capacity to feel alive, joyful and happy!
In this 7-week online course, you will learn:
- What the PRIMARY BREATHING PROBLEM is, and how to correct this type of breathing once and for all
- How to EXPAND YOUR LUNG CAPACITY, so that you breathe more slowly and deeply without even thinking about it
- Why it is mostly true that you should breathe through your mouth as much as you eat through your nose, and when it’s okay to break this “rule”
- 18 Yoga Breathing Techniques, including audio tracks to guide you through each practice
- How to apply these techniques for optimal healing of your body, mind, and emotions
- What the 5 prana vayus are, and how to unblock and balance the flow of these energies
- How to formulate a Daily Practice that is specific to YOUR CONDITION in as little as 5 minutes a day
Delivered in a simple-to-use, online format:
- This course will be delivered through weekly, pre-recorded lessons (10-20 minute videos). These lessons will be available to you forever, and you can watch and re-watch them as often as you’d like.
- The course will also include assigned weekly practices (a simple commitment of 5-10 minutes a day). These practices will be taught and guided via audio and/or video, as well as spelled out in writing for quick reference.
- Although this course is meant to be finished in 7 weeks, you can take as long as you need to work your way through the course materials.
Optimize your breathing, and improve your health on all levels!
I stand firmly behind everything I offer. Try this program 100% Risk-Free for 30 days. If after 30 days you don’t feel an improvement in your health and well-being, just send me an email and I will happily process your refund. I’m in this for YOUR results. I don’t want you to stress about whether or not this program will help you…just give it a try =)
“Pranayama is probably the most important healing tool of Yoga practice…Yoga’s greatest healing gift.”
–Dr. David Frawley, Director of the American Institute of Vedic Studies
* All of the information shared in Debby’s courses is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease, nor to replace the advice of a qualified healthcare professional.