What is Pooraka & Rechaka?
- “Pooraka” is a Sanskrit term used in yoga and pranayama to describe the first stage of breath control, which involves inhalation or taking a deep breath in. During Pooraka, the breath is drawn in slowly and deeply through the nostrils, filling the lungs with fresh air and expanding the chest. This stage is important for increasing oxygen intake and providing the body with the energy it needs for physical and mental activities. In yogic practices, the inhalation phase is considered to be an active or energizing phase, which prepares the body and mind for subsequent practices such as meditation or asanas.
- “Rechaka” is a Sanskrit term used in yoga and pranayama to describe the second stage of breath control, which involves exhalation or releasing the breath out. During Rechaka, the breath is expelled slowly and fully through the nostrils, emptying the lungs and releasing any stagnant energy. This stage is important for removing toxins from the body, relaxing the muscles and releasing tension, and calming the mind. In yogic practices, the exhalation phase is considered to be a passive or calming phase, which promotes relaxation and inner peace. Rechaka is often practiced after Puraka (inhalation) and before Kumbhaka (breath retention), as part of a complete pranayama practice.