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Pranayama | Defintion

 तस्मिन् सतिश्वासप्रश्वास्योर्गतिविच्छेदः प्राणायामः ॥४९॥ 

 tasmin sati śvāsa-praśvāsyor-gati-vicchedaḥ

  prāṇāyāmaḥ

 

tasmin sati shvasa prashvasyor gati

vichchhedah pranayamah ||49||

 

"prana", meaning the fundamental life force, and "yama" meaning to control. Pranayama is, therefore channeling or controlling the life force.

 Once harmony with the physical body has been achieved, through interruption of the movement engendered by inhaling and exhaling you attempt to harmonize your energy (pranayama). ||49||