Beat Stress & Bring Happiness: Benefits of Meditation and Pranayama

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We all are familiar with meditation and pranayama and their many-sided benefits. In today’s stressful life, practicing meditation and pranayama can help you get rid of stress, strain, anxiety and unwanted worries, inducing better sleep and increased well-being. Meditation changes our entire physiology, filling every cell in our body with increased energy or prana. The result is enhanced peace, happiness, enthusiasm and optimism. People have been doing meditation since ancient times and its benefits are undeniable. There are relevant scientific studies showing the advantages of meditation and pranayama. Not only doing away with stress, there are multiple other proven benefits of these practices.

Let’s have a look at them…

Physical Benefits of Meditation:

  • Helps in lowering blood pressure and stress
  • Boosts energy level
  • Develops immunity
  • Lowers blood lactate and reduces anxiety
  • Lessens tension, pain, headache, insomnia, ulcer, muscle and joint ache
  • Improves breathing & keeps heart healthy
  • Increases longevity
  • Cures heart and brain problems
  • Cures inflammatory disorders and asthma
  • Prevents arthritis, HIV & fibromyalgia
  • Minimizes premenstrual and menopausal syndrome
  • Reduces heart diseases and stroke
  • Prevents inflammatory bowel disease, Alzheimer’s and premature death
  • Manages cholesterol, heart rate and respiratory rate
  • Manages psoriasis
  • Reduces thickening of coronary arteries and myocardial ischemia
  • Treats epilepsy and helps stop smoking
  • Creates deep rest in body and mind
  • Boosts skin resistance
  • Checks aging and helps improve metabolism
  • Helps lose weight and reduces alcohol and substance abuse

Besides these, there are loads of other physical benefits of meditation. Now let’s find out the mental benefits.

Mental Benefits of Meditation:

  • Decreases anxiety, improves emotional stability and prevents you from taking impulsive decisions
  • Induces better sleep & peace of mind
  • Boosts intuition, sleep and clarity of mind
  • Happiness increases a lot
  • Problems bother less with an expanded consciousness and sharp mind
  • Brings inner peace and calm
  • Reduces anger, tension and frustration
  • Harmony in emotions with a personal transformation
  • Increases concentration and helps you appreciate life more and feel connected
  • Makes you happier, positive and those around you happier too
  • Helps fight fear, loneliness and depression
  • Builds self-esteem and self-acceptance
  • Develops positive and thriving social connections
  • Improves mood, emotional intelligence and behavior
  • Prevents emotional eating and smoking
  • Enhances optimism, awareness and relaxation
  • Builds resilience against pain and adversity
  • Increase focus, memory, cognitive skills and creative thinking
  • Better decision-making and problem solving
  • Aids in ignoring distractions and panic disorders
  • Improves attention and ability to work under stress
  • Improved academic performance

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Benefits of Pranayama:

Pranayama is a Sanskrit word meaning extension of prana or breath. The practice teaches us to change the rate, pattern and depth of breathing. Prana is the life force or vital energy spreading through our body. There are various types & stages of Pranayama. For the beginners, it is advisable to consult a guru, yoga expert or a psychic healer who can guide you regarding the same. Let’s learn about few important benefits of Pranayama:

  • Controlled breathing rate – helps you breathe slowly and deeply
  • Relaxes tensions, lowers blood pressure and quiets nervousness
  • Slows down heart rate and pumps in more oxygen
  • Mental peace with greater clarity of thought
  • Increases longevity and improves blood circulation
  • Builds healthy heart
  • Helps proper functioning of organs
  • Improves digestion and sleep and helps fight fatigue, lethargy and irritability
  • Toxins are removed from body, strengthens immune system and fights disease
  • Reduces anger, frustration, greed for money, depression, lustfulness and arrogance
  • Inner peace, better memory and concentration and enhanced spiritual power
  • Brings vigor and power
  • Helps reduce excess fat, especially in abdominal regions
  • Relaxes body and mind
  • Treats various types of fever
  • Induces serenity and happiness

Best times for practicing meditation & pranayama are early mornings and evenings. Regularity is important for visible results. 10-15 minutes a day imbibed into your daily routine can make a lot of difference! Dive deep into meditation/pranayama and enrich your life!

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