Digital pranayama is an advanced yogic breathing technique that has a variety of health benefits, including improved immunity, digestion, and mental clarity. Attempt it!

Today, we continue our pranayama series with digital pranayama.

Not all pranayama techniques, as we’ve seen before (Brahmari, kapalabhati), employ the fingers to shut the nostrils.

However, we frequently link pranayama with digital pranayama, which is fairly clichéd.

Why should we exercise with particular fingers?

What advantages does digital pranayama have over other techniques?

Advanced and sensitive breathing technique known as digital pranayama

It is, in fact, a degree of pranayama that is intermediate/advanced.

The fingers, nasal passages, and breath become the center of consciousness.

That’s why it’s preferable to have some control: to promote normal breathing through both nostrils, you’ll need to learn the art of fingering.

Furthermore, to do digital pranayama, one must be able to sit: as a result, the back muscles must be strong and well-accustomed to exerting the effort required to straighten the bust and allow the lungs to do their work.

As a result, it is a more advanced and nuanced form of pranayama.

This does not imply that it is inaccessible or that practicing it in the Himalayas takes fifteen years!

It’s ideal to do it with the help of a knowledgeable instructor.

With anuloma viloma, we’ll see an example of digital pranayama.

Learn more about digital pranayama technique from Best Yoga School in Rishikesh.

Digital pranayama precautions

If you have a headache, fever, or your nasal passages are blocked, you should never practice.

Pranayama practice on a computer

By restricting the nasal passages, which filter contaminants during the breath, the fingers manage the volume and flow of the breath in digital Pranayama.

Controlled inspiration through confined channels allows the lungs to absorb oxygen over longer periods.

Thus, waste products are expelled and unused oxygen is reabsorbed during controlled exhalation.

The thumb, ring, and little fingers should be used over the nose, according to yoga scriptures like the Gheranda Samhita, whereas the index and middle fingers should be avoided. When the forearm and wrist are employed, they tilt and become heavy, making it harder to keep the arm in place.

Furthermore, because the nose pushes the fingers down, it is impossible to apply exact pressure to the nostrils.

Similarly, retaining the index and middle fingers in the center of the forehead or extending them outward generates varied stresses on the thumb, ring finger, and little finger, resulting in unequal finger curvature and flow. breathing.

When practicing digital Pranayama, the index and middle fingers are bent in the palm’s hollow, the thumb on the right nostril, and the ring and little fingers on the left, with the wrist in the middle.

This permits the thumb, ring, and little fingers to move smoothly and freely from side to side.

BKS Iyengar equates digital Pranayama skill to a musician’s mastery of his instrument.

Indeed, with digital Pranayama, we delicately “play” the nostrils with our fingers to modify breathing patterns as if we were playing the flute, adjusting the breath’s flow, rhythm, and resonance.

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Digital Pranayama’s Advantages

The advantages of digital pranayama are numerous, assuming you practice with some consistency:

  • The blood receives more oxygen than it does during normal breathing, calming and strengthening the neurological system. As a result, digital pranayama is especially effective for those with neurological diseases.
  • The mind becomes clear and tranquil, and focus improves.
  • It strengthens the digestive system.
  • It helps to clear the sinuses.
  • Energizes the body and raises the spirit.
  • Reduces tension and anxiety by lowering heart rate.
  • The two hemispheres of the brain are synchronized.
  • Increases the capacity of the lungs and the effectiveness of the diaphragm.
  • Purifies the body’s subtle energy conduits (nadis), allowing prana to flow more freely during pranayama.
  • Develops willpower, determination, and stability, as well as aiding in the control of the senses and leading to self-awareness.

As you can see from this series, pranayama has many benefits and should not be considered the inferior relation of yoga, which is limited to asanas.

But it’s not done yet! We still have a lot more discoveries to make together, as you shall see.

We’ll see you again soon for more practice!

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