Prana is life force energy. ‘Pra’ means first and ‘na’ is the most basic unit of energy, therefore practicing pranayama is to expand your life force energy with control. This can be done with movement and breathing exercises.
To detach awareness from outside sounds and from sensations in your body, such as the urge to scratch that itch or continuously make small adjustments while attempting to sit still, you can use pranayama. You can use your breath to distribute prana throughout the body.
Pratyahara is a withdrawal of the senses from the outside world and is the start of the process of going within. It’s one of the eight limbs of Patanjali’s yoga, and is an integral part of meditation.
Keep practicing the above steps, it’s okay if you can’t fully relax the first time, with practice you will get there.
*If you are familiar with Ujjayi breath, sometimes referred to as ‘ocean sounding breath’ or the three part yogic breath, you are welcome to try with one of these techniques to aid concentration.
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