Namaste. How was your day so far? Are you finished with your asana practice? How about your chanting? Did you likewise bear in mind to do the daily dose of pranayama? Or, did you skip it due to the fact that of lack of time? Would you rather have a pranayama on the go, like fast food, if that were ever possible? Well, there is! It’s in-built, right into the Sanskrit language.

I don’t understand about other languages of the world, but Sanskrit’s an uniqueness of having two pranayama-s developed into it. Let’s see how.

In the Sanskrit alphabet (varna-maalaa, garland of sounds), there are eleven frequently utilized vowels, and two vowel-ish noises. These are the anusvaara and visarga, aM and aH respectively.

Anusvara (aM)


Without entering into too much language technicalities, here is what the anusvara is everything about. First off, it isn’t anusaara, but anusvaara. Each consonant group has a nasal sound for it. In English, we’ve these five nasal sounds in the words – bank, bench, band, now, me. Yes, you read it right, those four n’s are all various, even if you didn’t know! The anusvaara is denoted by the dot on top of the consonant and sounds like a hum, lips just touching for the hum, and separating for the ma sound.

Lot of Sanskrit words have the half’m’ at the end. As an example, phalam (fruit), yaanam (vehicle), raamam (to raama). Inside a sentence, a word’s trailing’m’ might be composed asanusvaara (dot on top), if it isn’t the last word of the sentence. Technically anusvaara is booked for those consonants that don’t have a nasal of their own, like ya, ra, la, va/wa, sha, Sha, sa etc.

This sound, of humming in trailing words isn’t coincidental or unintentional, it’s discovered at an alarming frequency. Virtually all noun kinds have five(out of 21)endings in’m’ –raamam, raamaabhyaam, raamaanam etc.

Every time you state such words, you’re doing a brief bhramari pranayama, which has lots of benefits-‘Inhale through both the nostrils. Exhale through both nostrils and make use of the throat to make a soft sound, like the buzzing of a bee.

Besides having a profound impact on ears, nose, eyes and mouth, it enlivens your looks, improves the glamor of the face, improves concentration levels, alleviates migraine pains, minimizes stress and mental agitation, high blood pressure, and successfully combats and assists prevent numerous an illness. Practice of bhramari is advantageous in pregnancy as well.’

Visarga (aH)

The aH is an extra gust of air, and makes the sound candidate. It’s practically like second’h’of’huh’. It’s akin to doing a short bhastrika, where you use your belly like a bellow and let a quick gust of air out. By the method, belly and bellow are related. The way we inhale and out, is similar to the bellow (or the other way around)! So, when you state yogaH, at the end is an extra gust of air like in doing bhastrika! You may have seen or heard them in the Yoga sutra-s as in ‘yogaH-chitta-vritti-nirodhaH’. When you do sandhi, the H of yogaH becomes yogash.

Or, in the famous chant’om namaH shivaaya, shivaaya namaH om’.

Out of the 21 types of a noun (singular, dual, plural times 7 cases), 5 end in aM and eight end in aH, making a total of 13 out of 21 or 62 % as a kind of fast pranayama!

Acoustic Power of a Mantra

Now let’s see the power of a mantra utilizing these sounds, the pure acoustic effect, even if you’ve no idea the definition(maha-mrityunjaya mantra) –

om tryambakaM yajaamahe, sugandhiM pushtivardhanam|
urvaarukamiva bandhanaat, mrityormukshiya maamritaat om||

Total nasal sounds(including n, m, and M)=16, 8 in each line!

If you state this mantra gradually, and with appropriate emphasis, you’re doing 16 short bhramari-s! No surprise it’ll certainly take on you. A genuine recitation of this mantra will heal the majority of your headaches in 5 minutes or less. Simply try it! Slow down the nasal sounds.

There have actually been some articles on the web, even on well-known sites, questioning yoga. Some have actually even recommended it be no older than 100 years! No one takes that seriously, however how old is it? This pranayama function of Sanskrit exists from the very starting, in the Veda-s themselves, and even before they were composed, as part of the language. By the time of Buddha around 500 BCE, the majority of the essential developments had actually already happened. Exactly what Patanjali did in Yoga-sutra is to assemble and codify the existing expertise along with his own input. The principle of Yoga is no less than state 7000 years old, all the way as much as the Indus Valley civilization, likewise known as Sindhu-Sarasvati civilization. 7000 years ago, the civilization that did the very first proto-dentistry, drilling on live tooth, undoubtedly recognized the wellness benefits of pranayama!

All the yoga enthusiasts and teachers, begin speaking plainly, all the Sanskrit words, and you’re doing pranayama merely while speaking! Exercise on the go! Correct diction, stress and period won’t only give you the extra attention( ideally not the British style)but likewise a great workout of the vocal cord and chest. Even more than you asked for, huH?

Shashi, a significant Sanskrit enthusiast for over twenty-five years, and a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Information technology, generates simple, rational, instinctive means to learn the language, the script and translating its immense wisdom for contemporary times in a realistic, non-mystical yet undiluted way. He runs Practical Sanskrit -the most popular Sanskrit Page on Facebook. He’s likewise author of the popular book’Mindset Shift-Sanskrit Maxims for Contemporary Life and Leadership’,’Knowing Sanskrit Workbooks’series and is dealing with’Understanding Commitment- with Sanskrit prayers.’