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Yoga Yājnavalkya
Chapter VI
Sage Yajnavalkya continues:
“O! Gargi, I will now explain the details of Pranayama, hear them with undisturbed mind.

 Pranayama is the joining of Prana and Apana.  It is of three parts, Exhale, Inhale and Retention of breath.  During the practice of Pranayama, the Pranava which consists of three parts is used.  Inhale through left nostril, mentally reciting ‘am’ 16 times, then hold the breath mentally reciting ‘um’ to the extent possible (not exceeding 64) and then exhale through right nostril mentally reciting ‘mam’ 32 times, meditating on Pranava. The same is repeated with inhalation through right nostril, retention and exhalation through left nostril.”
Nadisuddhi is not considered as Pranayama in this text.  It is a preparation for doing Pranayama.
Also Pranayama is done with mantra recitation (mentally) and that is called ‘samantraka pranayama’.  
Since Mantras are to be learnt through initiation, it is ideal to learn this type of Pranayama with the help of a teacher.
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09 September 2014

Yoga Yājnavalkya

Chapter VI

Sage Yajnavalkya continues:

“O! Gargi, I will now explain the details of Pranayama, hear them with undisturbed mind.  Pranayama is the joining of Prana and Apana.  It is of three parts, Exhale, Inhale and Retention of breath.  During the practice of Pranayama, the Pranava which consists of three parts is used.  Inhale through left nostril, mentally reciting ‘am’ 16 times, then hold the breath mentally reciting ‘um’ to the extent possible (not exceeding 64) and then exhale through right nostril mentally reciting ‘mam’ 32 times, meditating on Pranava. The same is repeated with inhalation through right nostril, retention and exhalation through left nostril.”

 


 

 

  • Nadisuddhi is not considered as Pranayama in this text.  It is a preparation for doing Pranayama.
  • Also Pranayama is done with mantra recitation (mentally) and that is called ‘samantraka pranayama’.  
  • Since Mantras are to be learnt through initiation, it is ideal to learn this type of Pranayama with the help of a teacher.

 

(More to follow)

09 September 2014