Calms an Agitated Mind
A few minutes of focused pranayama is helpful in calming an over-active and agitated mind. It is a wonderful way to balance excessive Vata dosha in the mind.
For those times when it is difficult to fall asleep, practice pranayama to bring about a “rest and relax” state, helping you to slow your heart rate and fall asleep more easily.
Great Preparation for Meditation
Pranayama can be practiced for a few minutes before beginning a meditation session to focus the mind.
A few rounds of pranayama is a quick pick-me-up if you are feeling tired or stressed. It provides your body with a much-needed dose of energy by bringing prana (life-force energy, aka Oxygen) into your circulatory system and circulating it to all of your cells.
Improves Brain Function
When your mind is dull, concentration and mental clarity are poor. Pranayama brings prana and oxygen into your body and distributes both to the brain at the same time for improved bilateral brain function. Five minutes of pranayama is a great way to improve cognitive performance.