What is the importance of Pranayama?

An excerpt from a BKS Iyengar interview taken from the Astadala Yogamala, Volume 7, says it all.
“…I had tuberculosis as a young man and bouts of other diseases that had compromised my lungs. In 1984 I was in San Francisco for the first Int’l Iyengar Yoga Convention and some doctors insisted I undergo a test to study my lungs. They wanted to see the chemical changes taking place in my body on account of regular practice of asana and pranayama. “Sir, we are sorry to tell you that you are going to live long and our study has shown that your lungs are that of a twenty-four year old athlete.” So when you have such good lungs. You have a long life in front of you. I was already sixty-six at that time….”

For an amazing demonstration of Pranayama by BKS Iyengar watch this video!

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Roberta has been practicing yoga since 1988 and has been teaching yoga since 1994. She has trained under master yoga teachers Swami Padmananda, Patricia Walden, Manouso Manos, Father Joe Pereira, Zoë Stewart, Karin Stephan, Liz Owen and others. She continues to study with her Iyengar teachers, Patricia Walden and Peentz Dubble. Roberta has studied yoga at the Ramamani Iyengar Yoga Memorial Institute in Pune, India during June 2011, February 2014 and attended Abhijata's intensive in Pune, India December 2016. Roberta is currently enrolled in Peentz Dubble's two year Iyengar Yoga Teacher Training Program. Additionally, Roberta completed training and certification with Elise Browning Miller as 'Yoga for Scoliosis' instructor. She completed a 500 hour Hatha Yoga Certification program with AURA Wellness Center and is registered with Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT 500. She has been a Certified Meditation Teacher since June 2007 and has been an Usui Reiki Practitioner since 1989. Roberta's Personal Practice Philosophy: Health issues have changed and deepened my practice. You will see many photos of me using a variety of props. On days I don't feel well, instead of saying, "I can't practice today", Iyengar Yoga has taught me to say, "How can I practice today".
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2 Responses to What is the importance of Pranayama?

  1. sfauthor says:

    Nice posting. Do you know about these pranayama books?


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