Pranayama, do I really need it?

Pranayama, do I really need it? This is the question that some Yogis has asked me.  I always like to keep explanation simple about Yoga information.

Pranayama is one of the 8 limbs of Ashtanga (click here for more details). Pranayama means the extension of the breath and as we know there are many techniques.

We have many ways of practicing Pranayama, the most common and easy to start with is: Anuloma-Viloma

Anuloma Viloma is a Pranayama technique that helps to balance the two sides of the body (Ida and Pingala, check it out here for more info).

How to practice it?

  1. Sit in a comfortable position that you can keep at least for 10 minutes.
  2. Use the Thumb and Middle Finger to lock your nostrils.
  3. Start by blocking the left nostril and inhale from the right nostril (inhale for 4 seconds)
  4. Use both fingers mentioned above to block the nostrils for 4 seconds
  5. Block the right nostril and exhale from left nostril for 4 seconds
  6. Keep the right nostril blocked and inhale again from left nostril for 4 seconds
  7. Use both fingers mentioned above to block the nostrils for 4 seconds
  8. Block the left nostril and exhale with the right nostril for 4 seconds.

You can keep doing this round for several times and you will balance your body. This Ratio of 4:4:4 it’s for beginners, more you practice more you can retained like 3:6:3.

If you feel while inhaling or exhaling the right nostril is block, it means that the LEFT part of your body has some blocks.

Same if the left nostril is blocked. it means that the RIGHT part is actually blocked.

So, the important question… Do I really need it?

Who has starts to practicing it never stops. The Benefit of Pranayama are related to:

  • Balance the emotions that controls us in many part of the day;
  • Help achieving some Asana while we are practicing (using different styles of breath like the Ujjay Breath)
  • Calms us down when we feel emotionally sad or unsecure;
  • Check what’s going on in our body and feel if something is wrong (you can see by checking which nostril is lock respect the other);
  • It gives us discipline that is very important for us to respect US and other people:


So whenever you hear this question, now you know what to say! If you haven’t tried yet , I suggest  to do Pranayama, it will change your life, seriously!



A Yoga Teacher with the passion of Calisthenics. I've been studying Yoga in India and I got the 200Hr Certificate as Ashtanga Teacher. I have been curious always about free body workout and now I have abandoned weight already 4 years.

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