Quite often Pranayama is defined as “breath control” however it does not describe the full meaning of the word. “Prana” means vital energy or “life force” and “ayama” means “control”. Prana is the force which exists in all things, whether animate or inanimate. Although closely related to the air we breathe, it is more subtle that air or oxygen. Pranayama utilizes breathing to influence the flow of prana in the nadis or energy channels of the energy body. Pranayama requires a high level of concentration, prana and mind are intricately linked. Fluctuation of one means fluctuation of the other.
At the Pranayama class Phuket we practice a number of techniques consistently, starting from the basic exercises of breath control and slowly deepen the practice. The union of Asana and Pranayama practices is considered as the highest form of purification and self discipline covering both body and mind.