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pranayama Line breaks: prana|yama
Pronunciation: /ˌprɑːnʌˈjɑːməː/

Definition of pranayama in English:


[mass noun]
(In yoga) the regulation of the breath through certain techniques and exercises.
Example sentences
  • Once this platform of virtuous living is established, ashtanga yoga's subsequent six limbs can be pursued, beginning with asana sitting quietly in yogic posture, and pranayama, breath control.
  • This system of inner discovery begins with asana - sitting quietly in yogic posture - and pranayama, breath control.
  • It focuses on hatha yoga with some pranayama, and emphasizes doing the postures as rigorously and fully as possible, given the limits of each student's ability.


Sanskrit, from prāṇa 'breath' + āyāma 'restraint'.

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