Pranayama Practice and Preparation

In this article, we'll go over what you'll need to practice pranayama effectively and comfortably. Any of these offers will be needed, while others will be fun to think about as you move through your pranayama practice.

An Appropriate Space

The best room to train can be determined by the methodology you're working on. It is better to exercise in a room devoid of visual disturbances for deeper, more contemplative activities of several moves. In this scenario, a private space in your home or workplace will be perfect.

You should certainly practice on the go—in your car or at your desk—especially when a quieter room is inaccessible.

Many strategies have soothing effects, so you may want to use them while the stress or anxiety levels are rising. In this scenario, come to a complete halt and take a deep breath.

Time to Prepare

The approaches presented here will help you determine how much preparation time you will need. Beginner sessions are often shorter, whereas intermediate practices are typically longer. You can also chain methods to make them shorter or longer.

For a successful pranayama practice, consistency is essential. If you can do it, it is advised that you practice every day at the same time. Be sure your objectives are attainable. If you're having trouble incorporating pranayama into your schedule, regardless of your skill level, start with a smaller and shorter session.

Comfortable Clothes

There are no special clothes needed for pranayama practice. Simply remember that you want to feel comfortable, and that your clothes do not hinder your movement. Wearing a harness, for example, would be restricting if you were doing diaphragmatic breathing. You'll need comfortable, stretchy clothes if you're combining pranayama with yoga postures.


You can need one or more of the following props, depending on the pose you'll be training in:

  1. Yoga mat
  2. Yoga blocks
  3. Blanket
  4. Meditation cushion
  5. Chair

Not every prop on the list would be appropriate always. The best posture(s) for each exercise as strategies are listed, and you can determine which, if any, of these props can best serve you.

Other Resources

Any additional resources may be needed to assist you in your pranayama journey. A timer is used for timed sessions. Spending a few moments each day writing in a notebook and noting your perspective is a perfect complement to your work. Additionally, hearing soft music playing in the background can be beneficial if you are performing in a loud setting.


There are also minor changes you can make to your routine to make these methods more available or convenient for you.

Take it at your own rate. Like how quickly or slow you can breathe. If you're having trouble meeting these objectives, go at your own speed, keep your nervous system in check, and let things happen naturally. As the saying goes, slower is quicker.

Can I eat anything before I go? Often perform pranayama on a low or empty stomach is a safe rule of thumb. Certain exercises, such as Natural Breathing, are healthy regardless, while others need room in your belly to exercise safely and comfortably.

Attempt a new spot. I'll give you precise postures to practice these techniques in, but you can usually change your pose to meet your needs. Try sitting in a chair if you're having trouble sitting comfortably on the floor. Any exercises may be performed either seated or lying down. When there's a shift, I'll let you know.

Extra Safety Measures

Not all treatments are appropriate for everyone, and not all pranayama techniques are appropriate for everyone (at least not always).

The following are few reasons to avoid training or change your practice:

  • Uncontrolled High Blood Pressure 
  • Heavy Menstrual Cycle 
  • Pregnancy 
  • Respiratory Illness 
  • Respiratory Allergies 
  • Unregulated High Blood Pressure

If you have a respiratory condition (pneumonia, cold, asthma) or allergies, you will need to modify your practice or refrain from practicing pranayama before your recovery mechanism requires it. 

One of the most frequent complaints I hear is that one nostril is clogged while the other is clear. Regardless of physical airflow, I recommend imagining air flowing from both nostrils. This will sometimes clear the clogged nostril on its own.

Any of the more aggressive activities, especially those involving the abdomen, can be harmful to those who are pregnant or have a long menstrual period. You could reduce the severity of the exercise in these cases, based on the degree of practice.

Finally, if the technique you're practicing makes you feel ill in some way, you can consider doing it. The physical effects of toxins being released, and internal organs being activated may be unexpected. The most critical thing here is to take care of yourself. Have faith in your own body.


As I previously said, the enduring results of pranayama can be seen by continuity of practice. I suggest training for at least a few minutes per day. The best time to practice is first thing in the morning, when the mind is clear and the stomach is empty, but if that isn't possible, any time during the day will suffice. The relaxing exercises, for example, are excellent to perform before going to bed.

You're effectively rewiring your energetic makeup as you change the flows of prana in your system. Keeping a fixed routine and exercising daily, much as raising a dog, would guarantee that the modifications last. A new habit takes an average of 66 days, or two months, to develop. Keep on, and when things get tough or you lose confidence.

There are many methods to try, ranging from beginner to intermediate. You need to sequence pranayama strategies so that you can produce precise energetic results and reap the full benefits of pranayama.