When stressed ’take a deep breath’ is a common folklore. Well, this is more than true, this Shlok from Hatha Yoga Pradipika depicts the secret to relax your mind and body. Controlling your Prana (breath, in simple words) allows you to calm down and relax your mind. This fact has been proved by the scientific community as well.
According to Patricia Gerbarg, Ph.D., “Breathing is a powerful tool for manipulating your entire nervous system. And by understanding the specific mechanisms for how it works, I hope that people understand that it is a true physiological process, and doesn’t require faith in any sort of New Age ideas.” says in this Forbes article.
Our ancestors said this long ago, they had realized the secret for a happy and relaxed state of mind.
Source: Hath Yoga Pradipika 4.23
मनो यत्र विलीयेत पवनस्तत्र लीयते।
पवनो लीयते यत्र मनस्तत्र विलीयते॥
mano yatra vilīyeta pavanastatra līyate।
pavano līyate yatra manastatra vilīyate॥
जब मन तल्लीन होता है तब श्वास का लय कम होता है।
और मन तब ही तल्लीन होता है जब प्राण नियंत्रित होता है॥
Breathing is lessened when the mind becomes absorbed,
and the mind becomes absorbed when the Prana is restrained.
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