Moorcha Pranayam

Moorcha or Murcha as it is commonly known means fainting in Sanskrit. The pranayama involves a prolonged full pause with the chin locked near the thyroid gland. This position is maintained by the practitioner, until he reaches the state of almost fainting. This pranayama is only practised by people who are well advanced in all other branches of pranayama. People who are successful in completing this exercise experience a prolonged, relaxed, euphoria and semiconscious swoon. 

       Precaution of moorcha pranayam

  • This pranayama is not meant for everyone. Only people who have attained mastery over all other forms of pranayama should try this exercise. People suffering from mental disorders or high blood pressure should also abstain from practising Murcha Pranayama. 

      Procedure of moorcha pranayam

  • Sit in a comfortable position with your chin comfortably stressed and keep your eyes closed.
  • Count till 5 and at the count of 5, inhale using your nose.
  • Lift your head, slightly backwards towards your china and chest.
  • Hold your breath for 5 seconds or as you feel comfortable.
  • Release your breath after 5-6 seconds and raise your head, making it level with that of the floor.
  • Repeat the process a few times during the early hours of the day. 

      Benefits of moorcha pranayam

    • This pranayama is designed to provide the practitioner a stubble sensation of euphoric feelings.
    • It helps to enhance the mental energy of the practitioner.
    • The mind is totally cleansed and the practitioner experiences feelings of extreme joy and nonexistence, which can be equated with feeling of floating.