No matter how each of us define well-being, what lies in the core concept is a healthy mind in a healthy body, empowered by an indomitable spirit. Yoga brings about this harmonious integration of mind, body and spirit. The term yoga is not only confined to physical postures, but it signifies union with the supreme universal spirit as the word “yuj” which means unity (union of the mind and body). Thirumoolar, a great Saint of Siddha, preached and advocated many Yogic Tantras in his very old Tamil text Thirumathiram.
Pranayamam is an integral part of yoga defined as a science of cleansing, balancing and gaining control over the life force (prana). With the amalgamation of traditional and modern concept, Pranayama is considered as one of the best remedies to cure stress and anxiety disorder.
One can control the rhythms of pranic energy with pranayama and achieve healthy body and mind.
Patanjali in his text of Yoga Sutra mentioned pranayama as means of attaining higher states of awareness and holding of breath is an important practice of reaching Samadhi. Pranayama, not only tones the lungs, regulates the heart rate, rejuvenates the glands and improves the health of the nervous system by increasing oxygenation, but also regulates the bio energy flow of body and harmonizes the alleviated humors to restore good health.