Pranayama is a combination of two Sanskrit words: Prana, meaning breath or life force, and yama, meaning control or restraint. Pranayama consists of many different types of breathing techniques that help us develop focus and connection to the present moment. The benefits of pranayama are far-reaching. Consistent practice is associated with improved stress management, cardiovascular health, respiratory function, immunity, focus, and detoxification. Read on to learn more about some common types of pranayama.