pranayama

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Etymology[edit]

From Sanskrit प्राणायाम (prāṇāyāma), from प्राण (prāṇá, life force, vital energy, the breath) (whence also English prana) + आयाम (āyāma, lengthening, extending, stretching).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • Hyphenation: pra‧na‧ya‧ma

Noun[edit]

pranayama (plural pranayamas)

  1. Breathing techniques. When used as a technical term in yoga, it is often translated more specifically as "breath control".

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