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What is Kumbhak Pranayama, can life be prolonged by doing Kumbhak Pranayama, see the success of any seeker in yoga depends on his breathing and in this pranayama also breathing has an important contribution, or rather playing with the breath is Kumbhaka. Maharishi Patanjali has described three types of pranayama, rechack, Purak and Kumbhaka.
In this article, you will know what is Kumbhak, how to use it in Pranayama and Kumbhak Pranayama Benefits and we will also tell you the answers to some questions related to it in this article.
What is the meaning of Kumbhaka?
On normal breathing, the one bridge to convert the action of breathing into pranayama is called Kumbhaka. Kumbhaka is a Sanskrit word that means to stop the breath or hold the breath.
Now here two more words are obtained, Purak and Rechak, Purak means to fill the breath and Rechak means to release the breath out of the body.
When Kumbhaka is added to inhaling and exhaling, then this breathing action on normal breathing becomes Pranayama.
Types of Kumbhaka.
- Antrik Kumbhaka.
- Bahya kumbhaka.
What is the meaning of Antrik Kumbhaka?
Antrik Kumbhaka If I explain to you the literal meaning of Antrik. Then Antrik means inside, in this, we practice by keeping our breath inside the body.
How to do Antrik Kumbhaka?
Antrik (inner) Kumbhaka is a type of Kumbhaka in which we take a long deep breath in our body and hold it in our body for some time and then leave it outside the body, this is Antrik (inner) Kumbhaka, let us know that How can we do this Kumbhaka.
1. To do Antrik Kumbhaka, you can sit comfortably, such as Sukhasana, Ardha Padmasana, or Siddhasana.
2. Then you take two to three deep breaths and let them out.
3. Now from here the practice of inner Kumbhaka starts, you first take a deep long breath.
4. Then you hold that breath inside your body, for as long as you can hold it easily, you keep the breath for as long as you do not forcefully try to control your breath.
5. Now let your breath out of the body.
6. While doing Antrik Kumbhaka we have to do this Kumbhaka in a particular ratio 1:2:2 then 1:3:2 and then 1:4:2 we have to do Antrik (inner) Kumbhaka in this ratio.
7. If you want to understand this thing in-depth, then I will explain you with an example.
8. If I explain to you the meaning of 1:2:2 then you understand that you must fill the breath inside the body in 10 seconds and hold it inside for 20 seconds and exhale slowly within 20 seconds.
9. This was just for an example, you can increase or decrease the time as per your capacity.
10. The same rule applies to the rest of the ratios as well. If you want, you can do any ratio like 1:2:1, 1:3:2 and 2:3:2 It’s completely up to you.
11. But keep in mind one special thing: inhalation and exhalation should always be less than the time of holding the breath.
So this was the way to do inner Kumbhaka, let us know how we can do outer Kumbhaka.
What is the meaning of Bahya Kumbhaka?
The opposite of the Antrik (inner) Kumbhaka is the Bahya Kumbhaka. If we understand the literal meaning of Bahya then Bahya means outward. During the practice of this Kumbhaka, we leave the breath outside the body and then practice it.
How to do Bahya Kumbhaka?
1. For the practice of this Kumbhak also, you should first sit in a comfortable posture like straight laughing Sukhasana or Ardha Padmasana, it is completely up to you.
2. To do this Kumbhaka, you release all the oxygen out of your body.
3. Now you stay without breathing for 25 seconds, you do not have to breathe at all in this interval.
4. 25 seconds is just an example you can increase or decrease this time limit according to your ability.
5. Performing the Bahya (outer) Kumbhaka is a little more difficult than the Antrik (inner) Kumbhaka because in this Kumbhaka we would have vacuum instead of oxygen, due to which we are not able to do this Kumbhaka for a long time.
So these were the ways to do both types of Kumbhak, now let’s know about Kumbhaka Pranayama Benefits.
What are the Benefits of Kumbhaka pranayama?
Kumbhaka Pranayama has many benefits for our body, it has many benefits both mentally and physically. So let’s know what are the benefits of this pranayama for our body.
1. By doing Kumbhaka with Pranayama, the capacity of our lungs increases and they are able to do their work properly.
2. By doing Kumbhak, determination and restraint power is developed.
3. With its regular practice, our blood gets purified, due to which our whole body remains healthy and fit.
4. By doing Kumbhak, our body looks shiny and our Aura has blossomed.
5. By the practice of Kumbhak Pranayama, negative thinking in us decreases and positive thinking increases and at the same time, we get freedom from fear and anxiety.
6. By doing Kumbhaka with Pranayama, our lifespan increases tremendously and we get a long life.
7. The amount of oxygen increases throughout our body and the amount of carbon dioxide decreases, which gives us relief from many diseases.
8. By its practice, air flows well to our nervous system, due to which our nervous system is able to do its work properly and a different kind of energy starts coming in it.
9. We get relief in many problems related to our stomachs, such as gastric fire, air disorder, gas formation in the body or our digestion is not being done properly, in all these problems, we get to benefit from its practice.
10. Many people get breathless very quickly while walking or doing small work, they must practice Kumbhak along with Pranayama, which will give them great relief from this problem.
11. It stabilizes the mind and body and keeps the mind still while preparing it for meditation and in simple language, we can say that it is pre-meditation pranayama.
Does Kumbhaka Pranayama really increase life span then how?
If I tell you that the main function of Kumbhaka Pranayama is to increase our life span, then it will not be wrong at all, although Kumbhaka Pranayama has many other benefits it has a special advantage.
And what is the reason behind this that by practicing this pranayama, our life span increases, it has been told to you below so that you can understand better?
Over time, many parts of our body stop working or they are not able to do their work properly and the same thing happens with our lungs too, with time our lung capacity starts decreasing.
And they can take less oxygen inside them, due to which our body does not get enough oxygen and air is the only thing which is essential for all living beings, whether it is humans living on land or animals flying in the air. Whether it is a bird or an animal living underwater or even if it is a tree or a plant, in the same way, every part of our body needs a sufficient amount of air so that that organ can perform its function properly.
Often people say that our life depends on our breath and we have only counted breaths, this statement is 100% true, no person has 60 years to live 70 years or 100 years, he has breath, Over which if he controls, he can prolong his life.
If I explain to you clearly, the more slowly we breathe, the longer our life will be, many yogis get so much control over their breath that they breathe only once or twice in a minute, so that their age is 200 to two and a half times. Lasts for a hundred years.
To explain to you more easily, let me give you another example, you must have seen the dog, how fast his breathing moves, but his life span is mostly only 12 to 15 years and the same turtle and crocodile in 1 minute only. They take only two to three breaths, due to which their life span ranges from 200 to two hundred and fifty years, and many crocodiles have been found whose life span is more than 400 years.
And in Kumbhak Pranayama also do the same, in this pranayama, we stop our breath so that oxygen can stay in our body for a long time and gradually with the practice of this pranayama our breathing rate also starts becoming very slow. Due to this more amount of air starts staying in our body. Due to this, our life span becomes longer and we look younger.
What are the side effects of Kumbhaka pranayama?
See everything that benefits you, if it is not done properly then it can also have many side effects.
1. Look, those people who are suffering from asthma or high blood pressure should not practice this pranayama, those people should stay away from this pranayama.