I have trouble keeping the rhythm when I do fast pranayama. What should I do?
Trouble keeping the rhythm during fast pranayama? This is something that happens to most of us when we are introduced to and start practicing the fast pranayama meditation technique. For many of us this starts when we are introduced to this energizing body and mind technique during a meditation class or a yoga class. My own experience was the same, I could not keep the rhythm when we did fast pranayama when I moved up to a more advanced ashtanga yoga class.
It is often one or two main reasons why this happens. The rhythm of the hands doesn’t line up with the abdominal muscles or it can just mean that the you can’t do it at a speed that you would like to do. The answer is just simply to slow down. Extend your breath a little more. Then you gradually build up to it. Keep the bursts short rather than trying to do longer stretches. Don’t try to push your-self to fast forward, it’s not a competition, it takes practice. Even if your pace is slow now you will still benefit from the fast pranayama practice. So slow down and do your fast pranayama in your own pace.
Feel your body and do your fast pranayama in your own way. In your pace of today. When you have a consistent practice, you will achieve that fast rhythm during your fast pranayama, maybe not next week, but you will get there. Be kind to your-self, slow down and practice and enjoy the practice you have today.