Breath is essential to life. It is the first thing we do when we are born and the last thing we do when we leave. In yogic culture, the breathing exercises also known as pranayama plays an important role in making life easier. Pranayama is a Sanskrit work meaning extension of life force. It is ancient yogic discipline originated in India.
Pranayama Yoga is the fourth limb of Yoga and a very important part of Ashtang Yoga. Pranayama refers to the exercises of control of breath. According to Yoga, prana is the very essence of energy or life of the human body. By practising Pranayama, we can achieve a good control over the Pranic energy and gain physical fitness.