What is your favourite type of pranayama and why?
I prefer breath of fire or kapalbhati pranayama
My favorite form of prayanam is Alternate Nostril Breathing. It’s simple to do and in just a few moments can completely calm and balance the restless mind.
Alternate Nostril Breathing is
The hand position is done with the right hand. Fold the index finger and middle finger down to touch the palm. Begin with the thumb lightly closing your right nostril. Inhale through the left nostril, to the count of four, six or eight. Hold the breath in for four, six or eight seconds. Then, lightly close your left nostril with your ring finger and release the thumb from your right nostril. Exhale through the right side. Inhale again through the right side. Retain the breath here in the middle only if you feel comfortable doing so. Exhale through the left.
That is one cycle.
To summarize: inhale left, exhale right, inhale right, exhale left. Optionally retain the inbreath in and the outbreath out. Continue for five cycles or more. You can work up to doing this breath exercise for five or more minutes at a time.
This meditation works like a charm to clear and calm my mind. After this i also do Kapalbhati pranayam coz that is very beneficial to activate chakra and also in reducing excess fat.