It is commonly thought that physical exertion alone can make you fit. Even yoga these days is taught like a physical fitness regime devoid of the finer aspects such as pranayama and deep relaxation.
Pranayama is a great fitness practice. Among its many benefits are detoxification (a key component in fitness and weight loss), increased lung capacity, deep relaxation, and a high quality sleep and rest at night. It makes the practitioner energetic with increased stamina (therefore enabling one to gain more out of any physical fitness practice), increases blood circulation and increases metabolic activity too. The practice of pranayama can also increase agility and improve flexibility and balance, while toning the nerves and making one feel more grounded.
These breathing techniques have wonderful effects if practiced during pregnancy as well. They can rejuvenate and relax the practitioner to a great extent, while relieving some of the common symptoms of pregnancy such as nausea and sleeplessness.
A few minutes of pranayama a day can keep the doctor away. What is more, it is the quickest and most economical way to look fresh and beautiful!