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The Techniques of Pranayama

Yogic techniques are known to improve one’s overall performance.

Pranayama is an important, yet little known part of Yoga. Until recently, this art and

science of yogic breathing was almost completely unknown to the common man like

many other ancient Indian arts. Those who knew it used to be very reluctant to share

their knowledge and experience with anyone, unless a student proved by tests that

he was ready to receive it.

“Tasmin sati swaspraswas yogartivich Pranayama”

This having been (accomplished) “Pranayama” which is control of inspiration

and expiration1 the inspiration of prana-vayuisshwasa and expiration is

prashwasaand the cessation of both is characteristic of Pranayama. Patanjaliin his

Yoga Sutra describes – Yama, Niyama, Asana, Pranayama, Pratyahara, Dharana,

Dhyana and Samadhi as eight angas(parts) of Yoga. Amongst them, in the present

materialistic world, the third and fourth part, Pranayama and

Asana (Postures) are considered as very important part and prescribed by modern

medicine too. The beneficial effects of different Pranayama are well reported and

has sound scientific basis. 23There is reported evidences of Pranayama that it

increases chest wall expansion and lung volumes.

The ancient sages also discovered that among the thousands of nadis there are

three which are the most powerful energy channels and, when purified enough, these

can promote the development of the human being in all three planes: physical, mental

and spiritual, allowing us to reach higher levels of consciousness.These channels are

called IDA, PINGALA and SHUSHUMNA nadis. Pranayama techniques act to

purify the nadis including these three main energy channels. Yogis discovered a long

time ago that breathing through the left nostril stimulates the IDA nadi or the “moon

channel” (connected with the parasympathetic nervous system) and breathing

through the right nostril stimulates the PINGALA nadi or the “sun channel”

(connected with sympathetic nervous system). By balancing the functioning of both

nadis (that is, both aspects of the autonomic nervous system) we can stimulate the

main energy channel called SHUSHUMNA and harmonize the activity of the

nervous system as a whole.

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To conclude the fundamental principle of “Yoga in Daily Life” is religious

freedom. Yoga is not a religion - it is the source of spirituality and wisdom, the root

of all religions. Yoga transcends religious boundaries and reveals the way to unity.

“Yoga in Daily Life” offers the spiritual aspirant guidance on life’s path

through the practices of Mantra Yoga and Kriya Yoga. As the most highly developed

beings upon earth, humans are capable of realizing their real nature and inner Self,

God. The spiritual goal of Yoga is God-Realization, the union of the individual soul

with God. The realization that we are all one in our common root and connection to

God is the first step. Decisions regarding your health and

Wellbeing and a free, happy life, are in your hands. Practice regularly with

firm determination and success will be certain.

I wish all Yoga practitioners and those still to become practitioners much happiness,

success, health, harmony, joy in life and God's blessing.


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