Pranayama has always been defined as “breath control” and that is the correct meaning of the word. But here, we want to bring the other aspect of it into your knowledge that Pranayama definitely helps to control one’s breath rate but it does not convey the full significance of it.
The conflict in the mind prevents us from experiencing higher states of awareness and Pranayama brings new levels of awareness which stops and restrains those conflicts and other distractions of the mind.
Life is a journey and we are all riding in the car of life! When we are driving, sometimes, the dust and dirt like depression, diseases and physical aches covers the windshield, therefore covering our vision to the road. The windshield is our mind. Pranayama cleans and takes off these dusts and allow awareness and consciousness to give us a clear view of our journey. This what makes Pranayama far more than breath control.
A person who breathes slowly is relaxed, calmed and happy, which is conducive to longevity. A person who breathes quickly tends to inhale small volumes of air and exhale the same small volumes as he uses less than 50 percent of his lungs. That will allow germs to accumulate in the lower areas of the lungs. Pranayama removes those germs and toxins out of the body.
There are plenty of other benefits of Pranayama. It improves cardiovascular health and blood circulation, enhances immunity and even has anti-aging effects. It also can get rid of excessive fat and weight.