We all breathe. If we don’t, we die. That’s pretty simple. And yet, breathing is much more than just that. Pattern, frequency, depth… all of these contribute to our body’s biorhythms. We aren’t conscious of breathing most of the time…and therein lies the difference between breathing and pranayama. Pranayam (or pranayama) is the science of breathing consciously, controlling the movement of prana (life force) through the use of specific techniques. Breathing gives us life; pranayam gives us quality of life.
Yogis are aware of the two-sided nature of things: physical and non-physical. In breathing, we take in air, but also prana. The seen and the unseen. Hence, the science of breathing is called pranayam.
What is “Natural” Breathing?
Correct, simple, natural breathing should look like this:
Breathe in and the navel point moves out. Breathe out and the navel point moves...