Mayur Deshpande
  Personal trainer in Mumbai
Yoga Types Of Yoga

Physical Exercise

Moorcha / Murcha pranayam


In Sanskrit language moorcha means swooning breath or fainting. In this pranayam one should inhale through both nostril,the kumbhaka(hold) with bandhas but while exhaling the jalandar(chin) bandha Is kept. Moorcha pranayam helps to create conscious unconsciousness.Excess pressure exerted on carotoid sinus during exhalation with jalabdhar bandha which further reduces blood pressure and one can experience a state of unconsciousness with practice.
Purpose - To achieve the state of conscious unconsciousness.
Required resources - Mat
Execution -
1)Sit in any comfortable meditation asana, preferably padmasana or siddha/siddha yoni asana.
2)Keep the head and spine straight. Relax the whole body. Observe the breath until it becomes slow and deep, then slowly Purak(inhale) through both nostrils with ujjayi pranayama, while gently and smoothly bending the head slightly back.
3)Perform the jalandhar bandha,by bending the head forward,touch the chin to chest,Keep the arms straight by locking the elbows and pressing the knees with the hands.
4) While maintaining jalandhar bandha , retain the breath inside for as long as is comfortable.
5)Exhale slowly while relaxing the arms .close the eyes and slowly release the jalandhar bandha by bringing the head back to the upright position.
6) Relax the whole body for a few seconds,keeping the eyes closed.experience the lightness and transquility in the mind and body.
Benefits-
1) This pranayam creates thought less mind immediately after session.
2)It helps mind to draw inward and enables a psychic state to be experienced.
3)It alleviates the tension.
Guidelines/cautions -
1) This technique is not for those who has hypertension or hypotension or heart problem.
2)Discontinue the practice as soon as fainting sensation is felt.
3) The aim of the pranayam is to achieve semi fainting not practice emergency services.
4)Wait atleast three-four after meal before starting pranayama,because food in stomach places pressure on diaphragm and lungs.

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