Can Yoga Asanas Heal Pranayama Naga Dosham
Prana and Pranayama
The Science of Pranayama - by Swami Sivananda
see also: Pranayama - Yoga breathing
You keep hearing that advanced yogis manage to survive without breathing. How is that possible? In this article we try to get to the bottom of this question and what other pranayama can do. We deal extensively with the theoretical basics and contexts as well as the various techniques in pranayama.
Ether and prana
According to Hindu philosophy, nature consists of two substances. One of them is called Akasa (ether) and the other is called Prana (energy). They correspond to the terms matter (ether) and force (prana) of modern scientists.
Everything in this universe that has a shape or a material existence has emerged from this omnipresent and all-pervading fine substance ether. Gas, liquid and solids, the entire universe consisting of ours and millions of gigantic systems and every kind of existence that can be brought under the word 'create' are products of this one subtle and invisible all-pervading substance and return at the end of everyone Cycle back to this starting point.
All natural forces known to man are manifestations of cosmic prana: gravity (gravitation), light, heat, electricity, magnetism, all those that can be summarized under the generic term of energy, physical creation, nerve currents, all those that known as animal forces, thoughts and also other intellectual forces. From the prana they spring into existence and in the prana they finally dry up. Any kind of force in this universe, whether physical or spiritual, can be traced back to this original force. There is nothing in this world but these two factors in either of their manifestations.
That is why it is possible to consciously let the flow of prana (life energy) flow through the Vishudda chakra (larynx chakra) into the human (light) body with every one breath of air through the nose. So then Prana is absorbed through the Vishudda Chakra and - no air.
While breathing in air through the nose, one should also “breathe in” Prana through the Vishudda Chakra. This is purely subtle breathing, but is often combined with air breathing by the physical body. Because of this, it is also much easier to practice and perfect in this combination.
Pranic breathing can, however, also be carried out completely free of air breathing and also completely replace air breathing in the perfect stage. This always happens in the Nirvikalpa Samadhi stage. Without “Prana breathing” there is ALWAYS physical “DEATH” !! Without physical air breathing, however, a person can in principle continue to live in the body for as long as desired.
So there are not only yogis who get by completely without eating, drinking and sleeping (to be found in Paramahansa Yogananda, among others), but also those who do not breathe. Breathing serves to convert deoxygenated venous blood by means of oxygen into arterial blood, which then supplies the cells of the body with oxygen. But if there is no venous blood, because the yogi draws all of his life energy from the prana, then breathing and eating and drinking are superfluous. In the end, this means that the heart also comes to a complete standstill, as blood no longer has to be transported through the veins. I don't know whether all of this is absolutely worth striving for, but I find the fact that something like this is possible to be very remarkable.
Not only Therese Neuman von Konnersreuth, but also Giri Bala from Biur / India, Saint Lidwina from Schidam, Blessed Elisabeth von Rent, Saint Katharina von Sienna, Dominica Lazarri and Blessed Angela von Foligno, just to name a few. lived for years without food and only on prana.
Yogananda writes about it:
Matthew 4: 4. The human body battery is sustained not only from gross food (bread), but also from the vibrating cosmic energy (the Word, OM), that invisible force that streams into the human body through the gate of the elongated marrow . The elongated marrow is the sixth center in the body and lies in the neck above the five chakras in the spine.
The elongated marrow - one of the most important organs because it lets the cosmic life energy (OM) flow into the body - has a polar relationship to the center of Christ consciousness (frontal chakra), which is in the "simple" eye between the eyebrows, the seat of the human Willpower, is located. This cosmic energy is stored in the seventh center, the brain, where it forms a reservoir of inexhaustible possibilities (called "thousand-petalled lotus of light" in the Vedas). In the Bible, OM is referred to as the Holy Spirit; it is the invisible life force that sustains all of divine creation. "Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, which you have from God, and are not yourselves?" 1 Corinthians 6:19
According to Yogananda, the prana is received through the 6th chakra, the frontal chakra, and the prana is stored in the brain.
Kriyayoga.com states that the prana is absorbed through the 5th chakra (throat chakra). Yogananda, on the other hand, says that the prana is absorbed through the 6th chakra (brow chakra). Is there a contradiction here? Maybe both options are correct? Kriyayoga is actually a technique that was spread through Yogananda.
Rapid breathing (Kapalabhati)
While doing Pranayama, I came across rapid breathing (Kapalabhati). After trying it, I noticed the great healing potential of this breathing exercise. Rapid breathing, its health-promoting aspects and the mistakes that can be made during exercise should be presented once. According to Swami Krishnananda, the hatha yoga pradipika, the most important description of hatha yoga, places more emphasis on pranayama (yoga breathing) than on the practice of asana (yoga exercises).
|Starting position: Sit up straight, keep your hands on your knees and your eyes closed.||Breathe in through your nose for 3-4 seconds while breathing out your stomach. Then exhale through your nose for 3-4 seconds, belly in. Breathe like this for 3-8 breaths.|
(The photo shows the inhaled state: belly is outside)
|Then start with the actual kapalabhati: Breathe out very quickly and slowly inhale twice as slowly. (Usually it is enough to let the breath flow in by itself - that is, forced exhalation and slower inhalation) Repeat about 20-100 times ...||Then breathe in and out normally 1-2 times. Then inhale comfortably and fill your lungs 3/4 full. Hold your breath Focus on the stomach, spine, the point between the eyebrows or the top of the skull. Hold your breath for as long as you are comfortable (20-120 seconds). Then inhale and exhale normally 2-4 times and then move on to the next round. Practice 1-5 rounds, 3 rounds are classic.|
Health-promoting aspects: The diaphragm and auxiliary respiratory muscles are strengthened, the lungs are cleaned, the heart, liver and stomach are massaged, metabolic and purification processes, circulation and heart activity are improved, bronchi, alveoli, trachea and nasal passages are cleaned, the oxygen content in the blood is increased elevated. Heart disease and all illnesses that result from insufficient inhalation of oxygen are cured. The tissues and cells absorb a large amount of oxygen.
The exercise is a good prevention against hay fever, asthma and colds. Asthma and consumption (tuberculosis) can also be cured over time through this exercise. The tips of the lungs are thoroughly supplied with oxygen, the spasms in the bronchi are removed and the impurities in the blood are eliminated. In addition, the solar plexus is activated, mental and emotional tensions are eliminated, tiredness and depression are relieved and inner strength and joy are increased.
Do 3 rounds of 20, 40 and 60 exhalations in the morning and evening and hold your breath for 45, 60 and 90 seconds. More advanced students should take 60, 80, and 100 exhalations and hold their breath for 60, 90, and 120 seconds. Every week, gradually and carefully increase yourself by 10 exhalations per lap until you reach 120 exhalations per lap.
When asked whether it is dangerous to practice breathing exercises without the help of a guru, yogayidya.de replies: Many people are unnecessarily worried. You can do simple breathing exercises without the help of a guru. A guru is necessary if you want to practice very long kumbhaka (breath holding) and want to combine apana * with prana. The books written by realized yogis can guide you when you cannot find a guru. However, it is better to have a guru by your side.
* Apana is the nerve current that controls the abdominal region and has its center in the anus (root chakra). Apana causes the excretion of feces, gases, urine as well as ejaculation and menstruation. Apana is the breath going down.
Another yoga breathing technique is alternating breathing. You can find the description of alternating breathing HERE
The subtle physiology of Kriya Pranayama
Kriya Pranayama is the most important of the various exercises that are part of the sacred technique of Kriya Yoga. Kriya Yoga is often referred to as the "scientific method of self-realization". The word scientific is used because the goal of self-realization can be achieved according to very precise and comprehensible methods. Kriya Yoga can be done by all people, and likewise the goal of self-realization and God-union can be achieved by all who practice Kriya Yoga accurately, with the right attitude and to a sufficient extent.
The many thousands of hours of practicing Kriya Yoga and the additional rules of life to be observed over many years prevent abuse of the special abilities associated with it. These are of no importance to the true seeker of God as long as he has a physical body and feels separated from GOD. All he strives for is to dive into the ocean of divine love - to crown the eternal romance of love between his soul and his cosmic lover through cosmic marriage, becoming one with GOD. Only those who have both emotional and personal maturity will be successful. The attained bond with God and the associated ability to love all people protects everyone from possible abuse of the special abilities that they automatically acquire.
This is not supposed to be an “initiation”, because initiations have traditionally been passed on personally from the Guru to his Chelas (chela = spiritual disciple) for thousands of years. Such an initiation involves much more than just the verbal passing on of the technology. For this reason, no explanations are given about the type of exercise and its execution.
However, this post is intended to illustrate the effects of Kriya Pranayama to any initiate or interested party. Elsewhere we will also find a graphic about the mode of action of Bhakti Yoga as a comparison.
A Kriyaban (Kriyayogi) has the desire and the goal in life to learn to love all people. To resolve all conflicts in love. And at the same time he has acquired the desire to return to the source of his being. This results in an above-average readiness for peace in all situations. To let yourself be completely fulfilled by the divine. To consciously promote and accelerate the free manifestation of the divine in its innermost being in its development.
So he can:
- Turn to GOD to resolve all possible lessons and conflicts with GOD'S help and love.
- To withdraw from any form of combative problem-solving and from any activity that violates GOD'S First Commandment even in the slightest measure.
- Turn to a way of life that does not cause any new karma
Now to the graphic above:
The white circular area in the center in turn symbolizes our divine spark - the eternal GOD anchoring of our soul.
The yellow ring shows our soul in direct contact with GOD.
The white lines in the yellow ring show the ever increasing opening for GOD. Divine love and divine blessings flow increasingly into the affected soul and all aspects of the personality associated with it.
The 6 different colored rings symbolize the different aspects of the causal body and personality. Each connected to one another via the multi-dimensional function of the 6 lower main chakras. So that there is complete clarity with regard to the chakras, these are also designated in the only suitable earthly language - in Sanskrit. It should be noted here that the "spleen chakra", as it is often referred to, is definitely something different from the manipura chakra !!
Through the devotion to GOD, combined with the simultaneous, correct practice of Kriya Pranayama, divine light flows into all aspects of our ego in each cycle of Kriya Pranayama. All blockages and karma stored in our covers from this and / or previous incarnations are dissolved by the high vibration of the divine light.
With continued practice of Kriya Yoga in its entirety, cover by cover is purified and dissolved. The veil of ignorance, which separates us from GOD as well as from all fellow human beings, becomes more and more transparent until it has finally given way completely to the divine light.
A loving, holy soul remains as the “end product” of Kriya Yoga. A holy soul is a healed soul !!! What has always been will be again. Comparable to the cleaning of metal ore by heating, the aim of which is to separate pure metal from the slag. By raising our own vibration, everything else is dissolved in the “fire” of Divine Love.
A Holy Soul, even if it is immersed in a physical body in order to accomplish a task on a physical planet, has shone through its entire personality and filled with pure Divine Light and radiates this also into its entire environment.
Everyone, including YOU, is a slumbering holy soul!
Wake up from your sleep of divinity.
Feel like an angel, a divine light being of love and learn
To behave like an angel of love in all situations.
Eternal freedom and love will be your reward for it.
Kriya Pranayama from Kriyayoga.com
Kriya Pranayama is the key technique of Kriya Yoga and the key to God-realization during a physical incarnation on earth - in combination with the purest, divine love.
In the following graphic you can see the exact sequence of Kriya Pranayama - also in terms of time, so your computer shows the exact time steps. The whole animation shows a whole cycle of ONE Kriya Pranayama. The animation continues and is repeated.
Kriya Pranayama begins in the Muladhara Chakra (base chakra) and ends in the Ajna Chakra (frontal chakra) and back down to the Muladhara Chakra. ONE OM in each chakra on the way up - ONE OM per chakra on the way down.
Third eye chakra
A complete cycle therefore consists of 12 OM - 2 per chakra. Twelve cycles - by definition - are called ONE Kriya. The Kriyaban - also called Kriya Yogi / Kriya Yogini - begins with ONE Kriya, i.e. 12 cycles of Kriya Pranayama, per day in direct connection with the entire program of all Kriya Yoga techniques and ALL other components of Kriya Yoga as described in detail
There is a fixed time frame for a Kriya Pranayama cycle - a minimum of 30 to a maximum of 60 seconds per cycle, i.e. 6 to 12 minutes per Kriya. The speed of the animated graphics should be within this time frame and thus be of help to you
Please do all exercises 1 to 4 according to Diksha only together in one piece, i. H. WITHOUT any break. All 4 exercises form a technical unit in Kriya Yoga and complement each other. These techniques together with the other components of the whole text "On the wings of love - On the way to God" form a great unit and should only and exclusively be practiced as a whole in order to have their healing and liberating effect in a harmonious, gentle and divine way to be able to unfold.
These 4 exercises are:
|1. maha mudra|
2. navi kriya
3. kriya pranayama
4. yoni mudra
|Sitting yoga exercise|
Yoga exercise for the Navi Chakra
Yoga breathing - topic of this page
Energetic yoga closure
You can see the exact location of each chakra in the picture on the left. The accuracy of this skeleton graphic is sufficient to really find each chakra.Kriya Pranayama is always done along the spine on the back. From Muladhara Chakra to Ajna Chakra and again to Muladhara Chakra.
Do Kriya Yoga and especially Kriya Pranayama only if you want to do it completely right and if you only turn directly to God from the deepest and purest heart. Do it right or leave it all. Kriya Yoga is a powerful technique - powerful enough to be able to consciously unite with God in its absolute and holy wholeness after the most intensive years of the internship - but also powerful enough to destroy your entire nervous system with the wrong attitude and / or wrong execution. In order to fully develop the holy, divine power of this technique, you should be able to sink yourself completely into God and concentrate completely on God and God's almighty, all-healing love. On the one hand you enable a complete opening of the Sahasrara Chakra and on the other hand you open yourself for God's guidance through your complete devotion and attention to God. For God's guidance both during the direct Kriya Yoga practice of all the techniques mentioned, as well as during the practice of all other fixed components of Kriya Yoga, such as Yama and Niyama - to be found in the text On the Wings of Love - On the Way to God - ( Yama: non-violence, truthfulness, honesty and righteousness, celibacy, dissolving from possessiveness and greed and the perfect holy development of divine love - Niyama: purity, discipline, contentment, study - which leads to the knowledge of the self. Surrender to God)
God created this technology and gave it to earthly people many thousands of years ago - God is the guru of all gurus and is also the guru of each of his beloved children who strive for home. Call him and you will be heard - please and all your requests will be granted - ALL. Ask for love and love you will receive. Ask for grace and grace you will experience. Ask for redemption and you should be redeemed - in love - with love - out of love. God is love - divine love can only heal. Be wise in all of your requests and learn to indulge in God's loving guidance
You will receive the other important details through diksha initiation. !!!
Follow all the links on the initiation page and you will get all the details.
Pranic breathing combined with physical breathing
Now it is time to become even more spiritual in the practice of Kriya Pranayama and to prepare for the final and most powerful form - the true Kriya Pranayama. But rest assured, all previous preliminary stages are already so powerful that many seekers of God are suddenly afraid of coming to God too quickly. But looking forward to it would certainly be the only correct response. Finally you will immerse yourself in a sea of eternal bliss from which you emerged and which you can return to at any time.
In preparation for this next level of Kriya Pranayama, you have learned in detail to practice Kriya Pranayama together with your physical breathing in a rhythm of 1 to 2 basic cycles per minute. You have reached more than 12 kriyas per day and are ready to increase even more - in perfect love for God and for everyone.
Now you make sure that with every ONE breath of air through your nose the flow of Prana through your Vishudda Chakra (larynx chakra) flows into your light body or is consciously inhaled - Prana through the Vishudda Chakra - no air !!
You remember that pranayama is the combination of the two Sanskrit terms prana and ayama (subtle life force and perfect control). So it means complete mastery of the life force. This is the goal of Kriya Yoga and of course also brings about complete control and mastery of all your thoughts, feelings and actions.
As you breathe in air through your nose, make sure that you also “breathe in” Prana through your Vishudda Chakra. This is purely subtle breathing, but is often combined with air breathing by the physical body. For this reason, it is also much easier to practice and perfect in this combination.
However, Pranayama can also be performed completely free of air breathing and can also completely replace air breathing in the perfect stage. This always happens in the Nirvikalpa Samadhi stage.
Now you are ready to integrate “Prana breathing” into your Kriya Pranayama practice. Through the front opening of the Vishudda Chakra at the level of the larynx - as shown in the diagram below. With every one breath of air through the nose, there is also one breath of prana through the vishudda chakra. The divinely pure Prana purifies and accelerates your physical body from all impurities, toxins and physical manifestations of the ego. The “breathing out” of Prana happens by itself. You only need to concentrate on the “one breathing” of Prana - until this too becomes completely automatic and always stronger.
If you have already carried out the preliminary stages up to this point sufficiently, regularly and very conscientiously - together with the constant refinement of Yama and Niyama - then it may well be that the "Prana breathing" becomes perceptible to you at any earlier point in time begins. In principle, it is ALWAYS present in every living being to a small extent !! Without “Prana breathing” there is ALWAYS physical “DEATH” !! Without physical air breathing, however, a person can basically continue to live in the body for as long as they want - see also the repeated “apparent deaths”.
So if you can feel or perceive prana breathing automatically at an earlier point in time, you can of course begin at any earlier point in time. But only if “Prana breathing” begins by itself. Otherwise you should go through the conscientious and systematic preparation up to this point step by step. It is worth it !!
If you now start the "Prana breathing" - it can be helpful that at the beginning of a respective Kriya Yoga daily program you first do some Kriyas as before and as soon as you have found a calm and automated rhythm, the "Prana breathing" still adding.
After some time of regular and intensive Kriya Pranayama with "Prana breathing" you will feel how more and more Prana flows into your light body with every inhalation and it begins to vibrate more intensely. At times you can or will feel heat or cold in your body. You should open yourself even more to God and let yourself sink even deeper into God's love - God will always receive you in love! Signs of heat, cold, but also short stinging or temporary minor pain are always a sign that at that moment a special blockage in Prana - in divine love - is being dissolved. Perhaps you should also continue to work more on your Yama and Niyama and realize or live the realization of the sacred rules on the way to God. If you are too careless about this, there may be more obstacles in Kriya Pranayama. Your entire ego should be voluntarily placed in the fire of divine love.
However, if you plan to give up your ego and your earthly desires, goals and aspirations only at a later point in time or even at death, then you should only BEGIN Kriya Yoga at this later point in time !!
However, if you want to strive for God with all your heart and soul and already feel your whole aura vibrating more and more intensely during the "Prana breathing", then this should motivate you to continue practicing Kriya Yoga more and more intensively. It is a sure sign that your Kriya Yoga is successful and perfectly correct. God will also guide you in all details in Kriya Yoga - after all, God is your beloved Father, Creator and Guru - but also the inventor of Kriya Yoga !!
Whenever you have any doubts about the correctness of your execution at any given time, ask for guidance from God in a heartfelt and loving prayer. This can then happen, for example, that God does the entire Kriya Pranayama for you in YOUR BODY a few times - you only as an attentive observer - in order to help you to be able to do the execution perfectly in every respect. In the course of such help you will then know when you are actively taking part yourself - while God slowly withdraws with his help - in order to gradually give you full control over exercise. However, God is and will ALWAYS be your constant companion and loving observer / helper at all times - always ready to actively help - if you ask him for it and also actively open yourself to help.
The same as described above naturally applies to all further spiritual exercises and all further situations of being and life - on earth as well as beyond the physical.
At this point in your Kriya Yoga, you will probably have practiced Kriya Pranayama for several thousand hours. In the first year you do one kriya per day in the first month and increase it by one more kriya per month. As your “prana breathing” becomes more efficient, physical breathing becomes more and more shallow - air is being replaced more and more by an increasing amount of prana. At the same time, your general well-being and your holistic health will steadily improve. You will become more and more awake, more and more conscious, your entire perception more and more intense and clearer. A clear proof that you are on the right path and that you can increase your Kriya Pranayama more and more quickly.
If after your first year of regular Kriya Yoga you have achieved 12 Kriya Pranayama per day in a single session, in the second year you can increase by one more Kriya every 2 to 3 weeks until you have around 24 to 30 Kriyas per day per session.
At about this point in time, your "Prana breathing" should also be regular and easily perceptible in addition to the air breathing. A healthy, purely vegetarian diet should also be a result of your progress in Yama and Niyama by this point in time. Now you can intuitively expand your Kriya Yoga with a steadily increasing number of Kriyas. Look for God's guidance and all the signs on your body. The more and the more intensely you give yourself to God's love, the easier it will be that divine love will free you and help you on your way home.
You will steadily increase Kriya Pranayama up to many hours a day in one go !! In the course of this very advanced practice of your Kriya Yoga you will steadily approach the last stage of Kriya Pranayama until it is automatically reached.
Your trust in God's love will be absolute at this point. Constant tests - through exercises and experiences in daily life - confirm this state of true trust in God that you are now gaining. You have the ability to sink completely into God. In all situations. Absolutely EVERYONE.
God is love
This powerful mantram will divinely-magically help you in all decisive moments. Say it - think it or do whatever works best for you. There are certainly moments when you can or will need it. It will always be there when you need it most. Like a helping and healing hand of God that is extended to you.
Please accept any help that is given to you on your way to God. Every help that is offered to you on the way TO God is always a loving messenger and helper of God. Out of love for you and for God. The mantram "God is love" is one of the most powerful on this planet. One of the most powerful of all in the entire divine creation - it is the innermost and absolute truth of God - therefore his divine, liberating and all-healing power.
God sends every help that is needed to EVERY one of his children. On earth through physical people who bring you messages or help you on the path of love, through saints and gurus who teach you and resolve karma, as well as beyond the physical through saints and divine messengers of love who show you the path of love and open you up protect and guide the way to God. Everyone who wants to go to God voluntarily and of their own choice will also be allowed to go there and be accepted by God in love - love is the way - love is the fuel - Kriya Yoga is a strongly accelerating vehicle on this way of love - if you are solely for yourself decided love
Now that you have arrived at MANY hours of daily Kriya Pranayama. Perhaps you will suddenly feel the need to be able to go into complete solitude for SEVERAL months. You should meet this need as soon as possible. Solitude may mean retiring to a suitable ashram, monastery, or similar - exclusively dedicated to God - place.
There you should have the opportunity to be alone for days or even weeks, in your room or wherever you want and feel comfortable - without ever being looked for, called or otherwise interrupted or disturbed by anyone.
At the crucial moment you will know why !! You need complete peace and security - only for God and you alone. The path to God is a path to your cosmic Beloved - it is the end of a long journey and the beginning of an eternal blissful love affair - the most beautiful you can ever experience. Remember - if you spend the first night of love in a long time with a lover on earth, you want to calmly prepare yourself for it and also be sure to enjoy love all night long - to love and let yourself be loved. The same will happen to you with your first Maha Samadhi or Nirvikalpa Samadhi. Whether your heart is still beating or resting in perfect God's union, whether your lungs are filled with air or are flowed through by God's love - this will be completely irrelevant to you in the state of divine bliss !!! But you should be sure that an ignorant doctor or similar God-separated person can never come near you and that you can exercise your divine rights in absolute peace.
If necessary, you can take these decisive steps in India or similar countries with a tradition of God-realization that is thousands of years old. But you will also find a suitable place in most other countries. Ask God for help in good time, acknowledge his help and please accept it.
Kriya Pranayama in its true and ultimate form
Arrived at this far advanced point of your spiritual development, you will already have a steadily growing longing for the one without the second - for God. Your cosmic lover is closer and closer to you and your perception is always clearer. Of course, God was always close - but your perception too dulled - to be able to PERCEIVE his closeness and omnipresence really and fully consciously. Now you have come to a point where this could never be a question anymore - but only to an absolute and completely certain certainty - God is love - I am love !!
Of course, you will now consciously and mostly perceive God's closeness even outside of your ever-deepening daily meditations. You are aware of his love and you can feel it everywhere in everything you do.
It is time to prepare for the highest form of Nirvikalpa Samadhi or even Maha Samadhi. There may be reasons to want to dive back into your body after a nirvikalpa samadhi - but there are also good spiritual reasons to stay with God and to let go of your body consciously and finally and to give it to God. The decision is yours alone. However, you should know that a Nirvikalpa Samadhi works more intensely the longer you can and are allowed to stay in this state. From a divine point of view, you can of course be allowed to do so for all eternity. What is meant by allowed is only the relative earthly view. In order to really leave the decision to yourself, your love and God, you should definitely be able to withdraw now. Perhaps, with God's help, you have CREATED an opportunity in good time to have a suitable apartment, log cabin, ashram or similar permanently available.
Your "Prana breathing" is now very regular and intense, after some practice within a Kriya Yoga session the physical breathing is so shallow that your body is almost exclusively nourished by Prana. At this point in time, you have probably been doing Kriya Pranayama for more than 6 hours a day. You can now also have several sessions a day. However, you should only allow yourself to be guided by God intuitively. The longer a single session of Kriya Pranayama becomes, the more powerful and sacred the effect. You will often feel the need to continue with Kriya Pranayama and should follow this need every time.
The call of God and the attraction of God to your soul are like flower nectar for bees. Heavenly attraction and full of healing love. Love that now increasingly has a transforming and healing effect on all of your fellow human beings. Words and physical presence become more and more insignificant in your being. Your divine being begins to pour into the divine ocean.You may already have difficulty distinguishing between yourself and God, because you will more and more perceive all things of being and life through the “eyes” of God - you will only be able to feel love for everyone and everything.
You will hardly need the Yoni Mudra any more to immerse yourself in deep meditation. Perhaps your Kriya Pranayama has already become so divine at an earlier point in time that you intuitively already knew what to do. You will be guided daily and should have learned to consciously use this guidance for some time. Spiritual communication at the highest level and in the purest, divine form is part of your divine blessing, which you now enjoy daily. Instead of reading books, you start reading in God or writing books yourself to help other people.
A completely divine, calm exclusively spiritual environment is what you need now. Your Kriya Pranayama becomes so pure and efficient after about 20,000 to 30,000 hours of practice that you are now almost constantly awake. With 12 to 18 hours of Kriya Pranayama per day, your physical body will usually only need about 3 to 6 hours of rest, while your mind will usually remain completely awake at all times. That means, you put your body to rest - YOU are SOUL - a divine being of light - and constantly awake. Even if your physical body is left to God for "maintenance".
One day - often without prior notice - during the aforementioned daily Kriya Pranayama stint - your "Prana breathing" becomes so pure and divinely perfect that the physical breathing becomes slower and slower, after which it stops completely. All your life force and your consciousness has withdrawn from the physical body into the astral body - from the astral body into the causal body and from the causal body into your soul. No Samadhi - but normal state in the advanced state of Kriya Pranayama.
Just as your entire consciousness is now gathered in your soul as a direct result of Kriya Pranayama - all your attention in Kutashta really becomes completely one with your inner light, while you continue with all the love and all the strength of your heart and soul, your whole Being always striving only to God. Guided and protected by God and all the redeemed Holy Children of God. So your heartbeat is now getting slower and slower and finally ends completely. These last few minutes or even just seconds before the onset of respiratory arrest and until the subsequent cardiac arrest are filled with a perfectly clear and extremely alert consciousness.
You will be so alert and clear in your spirit as you have never been on earth in your physical body. An immense divine stream of love flows through you. Your joy for the coming will grow steadily. With absolute certainty you know exactly what to do and how to proceed. You only strive for one thing - only for God.
"God is love"
You will probably be able to use this mantram more often now. It is full of divine blessings. You know with complete certainty - God is love. You also know absolutely certain and certain - love can only heal - in love you can dissolve absolutely everything - absolutely EVERYTHING !!
Divine love heals EVERYTHING !!!
When you come to an end with the certainty - God is love - the following "journey" to the perfect merging with God until you are one with God - one without second - then let yourself sink completely and completely into God. Until you are completely one with God. Give everything to God - absolutely everything and you will be completely free - in love and in all eternity.
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The Science of Pranayama by Swami Sivananda
Foreword by the German publisher
The science of pranayama is a fascinating subject. The ancient yogis found out that certain breathing exercises can heal all kinds of diseases, regain vitality and improve radiance. Intensive practice of pranayama can increase the concentration of the mind, develop subtle perceptions and supernatural powers (siddhis). The most sublime effect of breathing exercises, however, is to prepare the mind for meditation. With meditation the seeker comes to self-realization, to complete liberation, redemption and knowledge.
As many books as there are in the West on asanas (yoga postures) and yoga relaxation techniques, there are so few books on pranayama. Usually Hatha Yoga is equated with postures and relaxation techniques, although Pranayama takes up much more space in all classical Indian Hatha Yoga texts. And when pranayama is mentioned in the popular Western Hatha Yoga books, most of the time only simple relaxing breathing exercises are described.
Swami Sivananda is specially called to write about pranayama. Swami Sivananda was born in 1887 into an Orthodox South Indian Brahmin family. He went to a mission school and studied medicine. At the same time he was engaged in yoga and Ayurveda and published a health magazine. He later emigrated to Malaysia and ran a hospital for many years. At the age of 36 he returned to India and moved to Rishikesh in the Himalayas. There he found his master and practiced yoga, pranayama, asceticism and meditation intensively for 12 years. He also maintained a small medical practice during this time, treating other seekers and poor villagers in the area free of charge. During this time he achieved samadhi, the goal of all yoga practices, self-realization. Many students came to him attracted by his strong charisma. In 1936 he began to work intensively to help people spread yoga on all levels. He founded an ashram, the Divine Life Society (a non-profit association with branches all over the world), a hospital for free medical care, a Yoga Vedanta Akademy. Swami Sivananda wrote over 200 books which were published by various Indian publishers as well as the Ashram's own printing press. Many of his books have been translated into other languages and are still very popular today.
In this book “The Science of Pranayama” Swami Sivananda writes about the most diverse aspects of Pranayama, from the medical, the psychological, the philosophical, the metaphysical and even the esoteric-mystical point of view. On the one hand he describes the function of the lungs, then he describes the structure of the astral body with prana (life energy), Kundalini (cosmic energy in the individual), the nadis (energy channels) and the chakras (energy centers). After all, he describes the essence of the universe, God and the experience of the highest reality. Parts of the book may have been taken from an anatomy book from the 1950s, while others are summaries of centuries-old writings. Swami Sivananda gives exercises for beginners and advanced learners, for the “leisure yogi” as well as the “full-time yogi”. Simple breathing exercises, pranayama while walking, solar plexus charging, etc. can be practiced by anyone with great benefit. Other exercises have to be done regularly at a fixed time and require a little more commitment from the practitioner. Some exercises are reserved for very advanced learners and sometimes appear adventurous to fairytale-like (for example, when the student is asked to hold their breath for three hours ...). The attentive disciple who approaches the exercises with the common sense that Swami Sivananda has always emphasized will surely find the one that suits him.
This book is not structured systematically or logically. The reader will find some repetitions and some parts that are only applicable in India. But the book is charged with the Shakti (power) of Swami Sivananda. It is structured in such a way that the reader is inspired to do something and an inner transformation occurs in him that allows him to gain access to his own intuition. This is the often described magic of Swami Sivananda's books: Almost everyone who reads them feels a deep change in himself and the desire to continue working on himself, to help other people and to get closer to the spiritual goal of life.
I wish all readers that they become practitioners and all practitioners that they enjoy their practice. However, it should be remembered that a competent yoga teacher should always be asked for specific questions. Questions can also be directed to the German publisher of this book, the Association of Yoga Vidya Teachers.
Sukadev Volker Bretz, 1st Chairman of the Association of Yoga Vidya Teachers
Foreword by the Indian editor
Needless to say, there is little need to emphasize the importance of the subject and the merits of the author, Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj. Sri Swamiji lives in people's hearts as a great yogi, master and saint. Swamiji's method of presenting complex topics of yoga in an inimitable, simple style with convincing certainty is unique. She is very competent as Swamiji is a combination of an experienced doctor, a thoroughbred yogi and a jivanmukta (self-actualizer, liberator).
In certain circles, the practice of pranayama has been viewed with concern because of certain limitations (need to be close to an accomplished guru, following a particular diet, etc.). Sri Swamiji explained in this book that such worries are completely unfounded and gives us a simple and safe method to practice Pranayama. The book contains suitable instructions for all types of sadhakas (spiritual aspirants). Those who follow the instructions in the book can be assured of success.
Pranayama is an important Anga (level, limb) of Ashtanga Yoga. It is equally necessary for daily life, for good health, success and happiness in all things in life. How and what pranayama is is explained on the following pages. The explanations and information about relaxation should be of particular interest and benefit to all readers.
We are particularly encouraged by the positive response the previous editions have received from our esteemed readers, and we hope that more and more aspirants will incorporate this particular aspect of sadhana (spiritual practice) into their daily spiritual practice. The happiness and joy that can be felt help to a truly wonderful “Divine Life”.
Divine Life Society
Introduction by the author
Railways, ships, planes, etc. are available to us for fast travel. Yogis claim that through yoga exercises the weight of the body can be reduced to such an extent that it can fly through all spatial distances in an instant. You can prepare a magical ointment that, when applied to the soles of your feet, gives you the power to cover any distance on earth in a very short time. By practicing Khechari Mudra (the extended tongue is placed on the rear nasal openings), you can fly in the air. By holding a magic tablet in your mouth, you can move anywhere in the blink of an eye. When we worry about friends in a distant country, we write letters or send telegrams. However, the yogis declare that through dhyana (concentration, meditation) they know everything that happens in other parts of the world. This is done by projecting your mind or mentally traveling through the distances. For yogis, both are a matter of a few seconds. Yogi Lahiri traveled to London in this way to check on the state of health of his superior's wife while he was still in Samadhi (superconscious state) in Varanasi / India. Telephones are available for us to hear from a distant friend. Yogis claim that through their yogic power they can hear anything from any distance, even the voices of God and other invisible beings in the sky.
If a person suffers from an illness today, doctors, medication and syringes etc. are available to them. Yogis report that not only can illness be cured by a fleeting glance, by simple touch, or by repeating a mantra, but also a dead person can be brought back to life.
Through constant concentration exercises, the yogis receive various yogic powers known as siddhis. Those who attain these siddhis are called siddhas. The practices through which they receive the siddhis are called sadhana. Pranayama is one of the most important sadhanas. By practicing the postures (asanas) you can control the physical body and through pranayama the subtle astral body (Linga Sharira). Since there is a close relationship between breathing and nerve currents, control of breathing leads to control of vital internal currents.
Pranayama occupies an important place in Indian religion. Everyone who studies the scriptures and practices sexual abstinence, as well as every grihastha (person in work and family life), should practice pranayama in the morning, noon and evening during their daily prayer, during the sandhyas (dawn and dusk). Pranayama precedes any Hindu religious activity. Before a Hindu eats, drinks, or decides to do anything, he should first do pranayama. Then he should clearly visualize the goal and purpose of his life and build it up in front of his mind. If pranayama precedes any effort of will, it is a guarantee that the effort will be crowned with success and the mind will be directed towards achieving the desired result.
Here I would like to point out an amazing memory performance practiced by Hindu yogis under the name “Concentration on One Hundred Things”. In Satavadhana, the Satavadhani (the one who concentrates) is asked one hundred questions in quick succession by various people, with some testing the verbal memory of the performer, others the efficiency of his mental calculation, others in turn trying to test his artistic ability without giving him time. dwell on the questions asked. Satavadhani begins by repeating the questions in any order to answer them. In general, this is done in three or more rounds, with only one partial answer to each question being given in each round and continued in the next round at the point where it was interrupted. When the questions by their nature call for mathematical solutions, he provides the answers along with questions that call for a spiritual solution.
This ability to concentrate the mind is often demonstrated not only in relation to the intellect but also in relation to the five senses. There are z. B. a number of bells marked differently. It is permitted to study the various sounds and mentally note the markings. A series of bells of similar shape and color, which would likely cause confusion in the eye of an ordinary person, are shown to the Avadhani (the concentrated one) with their markings. While he is now turning his attention to other things, if any of the bells is struck or shown to him, he will immediately be able to give the identification of the bell or the number.
In a similar way, the ability of his sense of touch is also put to a test. Such memory skills are based on the training they receive from the daily practice of pranayama.
Prana can be defined as the finest vital force in everything that is visible on the physical plane as movement and on the spiritual plane as thought. So the word “pranayama” means “mastery of vital energies”. It is the control of the life energy pulsing through the nerves. Prana moves our muscles, makes us perceive the outside world and think our inner thoughts. Because of its nature, this energy is called the vis viva of the animal organism. The yogis strive for mastery of this power through pranayama. The one who rules it is not only the ruler of his own existence on the physical and spiritual plane, but the ruler of the entire world. Prana is the highest essence of cosmic life, the subtle principle which has developed the entire universe into its present form and which drives it towards its ultimate goal.For the yogi, the entire universe is his body. The matter that makes up his body is the same as that that made the universe. The force that pulsates through his nerves is equal to the force that vibrates in the universe. For him, dominion over the body means conquering the forces of nature. According to one of the Hindu philosophies, all of nature is made up of two basic substances. One of them is called Akasa (ether) and the other is called Prana (energy). They correspond to the terms matter and force used by modern scientists. Everything in this universe that has a shape or a material existence has emerged from this omnipresent and all-pervading fine substance ‘Akasa‘. Gas, liquid and solids, the entire universe consisting of ours and millions of gigantic systems and every kind of existence that can be brought under the word 'create' are products of this one subtle and invisible all-pervading substance and return at the end of everyone Cycle back to this starting point. All natural forces known to man are manifestations of cosmic prana: gravity (gravitation), light, heat, electricity, magnetism, all those that can be summarized under the generic term of energy, physical creation, nerve currents, all those that known as animal forces, thoughts and also other intellectual forces. From the prana they spring into existence and in the prana they finally dry up. Any kind of force in this universe, whether physical or spiritual, can be traced back to this original force. There is nothing in this world but these two factors in either of their manifestations. Conservation of matter and conservation of energy are the two corresponding fundamental laws of nature. While one says that the total amount of Akasa that makes up the universe is constant, the other says that the total amount of energy that fills the universe is also a constant. At the end of each cycle, the various manifestations of energy fade and become potential. So also the Akasa, which becomes indistinguishable, but at the beginning of the next cycle the energies act again on the matter in order to produce different shapes. When the Akasa changes and becomes coarse or fine, the Prana also changes. It will be coarse or fine. Since the human body is only a microcosm for the yogi, his body, composed of the nervous system and the inner organs of perception, represents the microcosmic Akasa and the nerve currents and thought currents the microcosmic Prana. Understanding and controlling your way of working means the highest level of knowledge attain and rule the universe.
The one in control of the prana has grasped the real essence of cosmic life and its activity. Whoever brings this true essence under control has not only subjugated his own body and mind, but every other body and mind in this universe. Hence, pranayama, the control of prana, is the means by which the yogi seeks to realize the totality of cosmic life in his little body and to attain perfection through the attainment of all the forces of this universe. Its various exercises and training courses all serve this purpose.
Why wait and postpone spiritual practice? Procrastination means so much more suffering and misery. Let us pick up the pace and work even harder until we succeed in bridging the great gulf of time. By practicing proper sadhana (spiritual practice), let us achieve the goal right now, right now. How can we experience this infinite knowledge, infinite bliss, infinite peace and infinite power?
The solution is the teaching of yoga. The entire science of yoga has this one goal in mind, to enable man to cross the ocean of samsara (cycle of rebirth and death, worldly life), to increase energy, to develop knowledge, and immortality and eternal bliss to get.
Chapter 1: Prana and Pranayama
Small inset: As I worked through the text, I asked myself what “Apana” is. I found the following explanations:
In Shatshakranirupana it is said that the prana residing in the heart attracts the apana residing in the muladhara and the apana attracts the prana.
Apana is the negative form of positive prana. Apana is polarized prana that lacks dynamic energy.
Apana: The nerve current that controls the abdominal region and has its center in the anus (root chakra); causes excretion of feces (and gas); causes ejaculation; the downward breath. (The main aim of Pranayama is to unite the Prana with the Apana (downward energy) and slowly bring the unified Pranapana to the head. The effect or fruit of Pranayama is to awaken the sleeping Kundalini (cosmic energy in man).
Pranayama is an exact science. It is the fourth anga (limb) of Ashtanga yoga. “Tasmin Sati Svasaprasvasayorgativicchedah Pranayamah” - When firmness in posture or sitting (asana) is achieved, breath control follows: interruption of the flow of inhalation and exhalation. This is how pranayama is defined in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali (Chapter II, verse 49).
‘Svasa‘ means inhalation and ‘Prasava‘ means exhalation. Breath is the outward manifestation of Prana, the vital force. Breath, like electricity, is gross prana. Breath is sthula, gross. Prana is sukshma, fine. By controlling your breathing you can control the subtle Prana within. Control of the prana means control of the mind. The mind cannot work without the help of prana. The vibrations of prana alone generate thoughts in the mind. It is the prana that moves the mind. It is the prana that sets the mind in motion. It is Sukshma Prana (the psychic, subtle Prana) which is closely related to the mind. Breathing is like the important flywheel of a machine. Just as the other wheels stop when the driver stops the flywheel, all organs stop working when the yogi stops breathing. If you can control the flywheel, you can control the other wheels as well.
Those who master the outer breathing can also easily control the inner vital force, the prana. Controlling prana by regulating external breathing is called pranayama. Just as a goldsmith removes impurities from gold, the yoga student can remove impurities from the body and the senses. It does this by blowing through his lungs; H. by practicing pranayama.
The main goal of Pranayama is to unite the Prana with the Apana (downward going energy) and slowly bring the unified Pranapana to the head. The effect or the fruit of pranayama is the awakening of the sleeping Kundalini (cosmic energy in man).
What is prana
“Those who know the Prana know the Vedas (Indian scriptures)” is an important explanation of the Srutis (Indian scriptures). In the Vedanta Sutras it says, "For the same reason, Prana is Brahman." Prana is the sum of all energies that are manifest in the universe. It is the sum of all forces in nature. It is the sum of all hidden (bound) forces and abilities (powers) that are in people and everywhere around us, heat, light, electricity, magnetism. By controlling the breathing process, you can effectively control the various movements in the body and the various nerve currents that run through the body. You can easily and quickly control and develop body, mind and soul through breath control and control of Prana. Through pranayama you can control your living conditions and your character and consciously bring your individual life into harmony with cosmic life.
Breathing, controlled by the mind under the control of the will, is a vitalizing and renewing force. You can consciously use this energy for self-development, the healing of many incurable diseases in yourself and those around you, as well as for various other useful purposes.
This power is available to you in every moment of your life. Use them consciously. Many previous yogis such as Sri Jnanadeva, Swami Trailinga, Swami Ramalinga, and others have used the breath and prana in a variety of ways. You too can do this if you practice pranayama through prescribed breathing exercises. It is more the prana than the atmospheric air that you breathe. Inhale slowly and steadily with a focused mind. Hold your breath as long as it is comfortable for you. Then exhale slowly. There should be no effort at any stage of pranayama. Recognize the hidden inner life forces that underlie the breath. Become a yogi and radiate joy, light and power all around you.
Pranavadins (those who have brought the prana under control, i.e. the hatha yogis) consider the prana tattwa to be superior to the manas tattwa, the mind principle. Prana is also present during sleep, but the mind is absent. Hence the prana plays a more vital role than the mind. If you read the parables in the Kaushitaki and Chandogya Upanishads, where the senses, mind and prana vie for their superiority, you will find that prana is considered to be the highest. Prana begins its function immediately upon conception of the child. On the other hand, z. B. the hearing organs only when their special residences namely the ears are formed. In the Upanishads, Prana is referred to as Jyeshtha and Sreshtha (the oldest and the best). Through the vibrations of psychic prana, the life of the mind, sankalpa (thought), is sustained and thoughts are produced. You see, hear, speak, feel, think, feel, want, recognize etc. with the help of Prana and therefore the Srutis declare: "Prana is Brahman." (God)
Seat of prana
Although the antahkarana (inner instrument) is one, it still takes four forms, namely (1) manas (thought principle), (2) buddhi (reason), (3) chitta (subconscious) and (4) ahamkara (ego) respectively the four different functions it performs. Likewise, although Prana is one, it takes five different forms, namely (1) Prana (in the narrower sense), (2) Apana, (3) Samana, (4) Udana and (5) Vyana according to the different functions, who wields it. This is known as Vritti Bheda. The main prana is called Mukhya Prana. The prana associated with ahamkara (ego) lives in the heart. Of these five, the main powers are Prana and Apana.
The seat of prana is the heart; from Apana the anus; of Samana the umbilical region; from Udana the throat; while Vyana pervades everything. It moves all over the body.
Pranas, sub-pranas and their functions
Naga, Kurma, Krikara, Devadatta, and Dhananjaya are the five sub-pranas.
The function of prana is breathing; Apana causes excretion; Samana digestion; Udana causes dissolution (swallowing the food). It brings the jiva to sleep. When death occurs, it separates the astral from the physical body. Vyana effects blood circulation.
Naga causes belching and hiccups. Kurma performs the function of opening eyes. Krikara creates hunger and thirst. Devadatta causes yawns. Dhananjaya causes the body to decompose.
The color of the prana
It is said that the prana is the color of blood, red gem, or coral. Apana (excretion), which is in the center, is the color of indragopa (an insect of white and red color). Samana (digestion) is the color of a milky crystal or an oily and shiny color, i.e. H. between prana and apana. Udana (swallowing) is the color of Apandura (pale white) and the color of Vyana (blood circulation) is similar to the color of Archil (or that of a ray of light).
The length of the air currents
The body of the Vayus (air, air element, i.e. the astral body) is usually 96 fingers (6 feet, approx. 2 meters) in length. The usual length of the airflow during exhalation is 12 fingers. When singing, its length increases to 16 fingers, when eating to 20 fingers, when sleeping to 30 fingers, during sexual intercourse to 36 fingers and during exercise to much more. By reducing the natural length of the air currents going outwards (i.e. by slowing down breathing, editor's note), life is lengthened and by increasing the current, the lifespan is reduced.
The concentration of prana
Inhale the pranas from outside, fill the belly with prana, concentrate the prana through the mind in the center of the navel, the tip of the nose and the toes during the sandhyas (sunrise and sunset) or at all times. Thus the yogi is freed from all illnesses and fatigue.
By concentrating the prana on the tip of his nose he gains mastery over the air elements, by concentrating in the middle of his navel all diseases are destroyed, by concentrating in the toes his body becomes light. Whoever drinks the air through the tongue destroys tiredness, thirst and many other diseases. For those who drink the air with their mouths at sunrise and sunset and during the last two hours of the night, Saraswati (goddess of language) becomes present within three months; H. he is eloquent and taught. In six months he will be free from all diseases. By drawing the air over the root of the tongue, the wise man drinks nectar and enjoys every happiness.
The most important interface for the exchange of oxygen is the lungs. This consists of two lobes, three on the right and two on the left. The air you breathe reaches the bronchi via the windpipe, which divides into two branches (trachea). The bronchi are the ever finer branches (bronchioles) of the trachea. These branches end in the alveoli, small air sacs with an average diameter of 0.003 millimeters. The lining of the alveoli consists of a membrane through which the blood absorbs oxygen and releases carbon dioxide.
The respiratory organs are made up of two lungs, one on each side of the chest, and the airways that lead to them. They are located in the upper chest cavity, one on each side of the median (median line). They are separated from one another by the heart, larger blood vessels, and the larger windpipes. The lungs are spongy, porous and their tissues are very elastic. The lungs contain innumerable air cells (alveoli). The alveoli are covered with a sensitive membrane, the pleura. It contains a reputable fluid that acts like a lubricating fluid to reduce friction during breathing. One wall of the pleura adheres close to the lungs. The other wall is connected to the inner wall of the chest. The lungs are fixed to the chest wall through this membrane. The right lung consists of three lobes. The left lung contains only two lobes. Each lung has a tip and a base. The base is directed towards the diaphragm, the muscular partition between the chest and the abdomen. The tips reach down to the base of the neck. It is the base that is inflamed in pneumonia. In consumption, the tips of the lungs do not receive an adequate supply of oxygen. This provides a suitable breeding ground for tuberculosis bacteria. Through the exercises of the Kapalabhati and Bhastrika (see below) Pranayamas these tips are well supplied with oxygen and consumption is prevented. Pranayama develops the lungs. Those who practice pranayama will get a strong and melodious voice.
The entire airway consists of the inside of the nose, the throat, the larynx, which contains the two vocal cords, the windpipe, the right and left bronchi and the bronchial branches. When we breathe, we draw air in through our nose, and after it has passed the throat and larynx, it enters the trachea, then the left and right bronchi, which in turn split into countless smaller tubes called bronchioles which eventually end in the millions of alveoli. The alveoli, if spread over a closed surface, would cover an area of 100 m2.
Air is drawn into the lungs by the movement of the diaphragm. As the chest and lungs expand, the outside air flows into the vacuum created in this way. The chest and lungs contract when the diaphragm is relaxed, expelling air from the lungs.
The sound of the voice is formed by the vocal cords, which are located in the larynx. The larynx forms the resonance body. When the vocal cords are stressed by singing or talking all the time, the voice becomes hoarse. In women, the vocal cords are shorter, so they have a high voice. The normal number of breaths is 16 per minute. With pneumonia, it increases to 60, 70 or 80 per minute. In asthma, the bronchi cramp and contract. Hence the difficulty in breathing. Pranayama removes the cramping or narrowing of these tubes. A small membrane-like flat lid closes the upper exit of the larynx. It is called the epiglottis and it prevents particles of food or fluid from entering the airways. He plays the role of a safety valve.
When a small particle of food tries to enter the airway, a cough will set in and the particle will be expelled.
The lungs cleanse the blood, which begins its journey through the arteries bright red and rich in life-giving properties and gifts. It returns through the veins, poor, bluish and laden with the system's waste materials. The arteries are tubes or vessels that carry pure, oxygenated blood from the heart to various parts of the body. The veins are tubes or vessels that bring back the impure blood from different parts of the body. The right side of the heart contains impure venous blood. From this side of the heart the blood goes to the lungs for purification. It is distributed among the millions of tiny air cells in the lungs. When a breath is taken, the oxygen in the air comes into contact with the impure blood through the thin walls of the hair-like blood vessels in the lungs - the so-called capillaries. The walls of the capillaries are very thin. They are like muslin cloth or a colander. Blood oozes out or simply secretes itself. Oxygen penetrates through the walls of these thin capillaries. When the oxygen comes into contact with the tissues, a type of burn occurs.
The blood absorbs oxygen and releases carbon dioxide, which is created from the wastes and toxins that the blood has collected from all parts of the system. The blood is carried by the 4 pulmonary veins to the left auricle (auricle) and then to the left heart chamber (ventricle). It is pumped from the heart chamber into the largest artery, the aorta. It travels from the aorta to the various arteries in the body. It is estimated that about 10,000 liters of blood flow through the capillaries of the lungs for cleaning in a day.
The blood enters the thin capillaries from the arteries. The lymph vessels secrete the blood from the capillaries, bathe and nourish the tissue. Tissue breathing takes place in the tissues. They take in oxygen and give off carbon dioxide. The veins carry the contaminants to the right side of the heart.
Who is the creator of this delicate structure? Do you feel the invisible hand of God behind these organs? The nature of the body undoubtedly reveals the omnipresence of God. The antaryamin (resident of our heart) monitors the functioning of the internal organs. Without his presence, the heart cannot pump blood into the arteries. The lungs cannot do the blood cleansing process. Pray and pay homage to him! Remember Him at all times. Feel His presence in all cells of the body.
Ida and Pingala
There is an energy channel on each side of the spine. The one on the left is called Ida and the one on the right is called Pingala. These are two of the three main energy channels (nadis), subtle channels that guide the prana. In the Ida Nadi the moon energy moves, in the Pingala Nadi the solar energy. Ida is cooling, Pingala is heating. Ida flows through the left nostril and pingala through the right nostril. Most of the breath flows through the right one for 1-2 hours. Then Pingala Nadi is active. The breath then flows mainly through the left nostril for 1-2 hours. Then Ida Nadi is active. One is busily engaged in worldly matters when the Prana flows through Ida and Pingala. When the sushumna (central channel in the spine) becomes active, one is dead to the world and enters samadhi (superconsciousness). A yogi does his best to get the Prana flowing in Sushumna, also known as the central Brahman Nadi.
To the left of the Sushumna is Ida and to the right is Pingala. The moon has the nature of tamas (indolent) and the sun the nature of rajas (stimulating). Poison has properties of the sun and nectar those of the moon. Ida and Pingala are the dualities of the universe bound in time, Sushumna transcends time. The Sushumna is the most important of all Nadis (subtle energy channels). She is the pillar of the universe and the path to liberation. It is connected to the spine and extends to the brahmarandhra (fontanelle) of the head and is invisible and subtle. The real work of a yogi begins when the sushumna begins to function. The sushumna runs along the middle of the spinal canal or the spine. Above the genitals and below the navel is the kanda, which is shaped like a bird's egg. All 72,000 nadis arise from there. Of these, 72 are known. Ida, Pingala, Sushumna, Ganhari, Hastijihva, Pusa, Yusavini, Alambusa, Kuhuh and Sankhini are the 10 most important Nadis, they guide the Prana. The yogis should have a thorough knowledge of the nadis and chakras (energy centers). Ida, Pingala and Sushumna are said to lead the Prana and have the Moon, Sun and Agni (fire) as their deities. When prana is moving in sushumna, sit down for meditation. You will have a deep meditation. If the curled up Kundalini energy rises through the sushumna from chakra to chakra, the yogi has different experiences, powers and ananda (bliss, bliss).
Kundalini is the serpentine power or the sleeping Shakti (divine energy), which sits 3 1/2 times coiled face down at the end of the spine. Without awakening them, no samadhi (superconscious state) is possible. The practice of kumbhaka (holding your breath) in pranayama creates warmth, which awakens the Kundalini and rises up along the sushumna. The yoga practitioner experiences different visions.
The Kundalini passes the six chakras and is finally united with God Shiva, whose seat is in the Sahasrara, the thousand-petalled lotus on the crown of the head. Nirvikalpa Samadhi (perfect union with the cosmic) now follows. The yogi attains liberation and divine omnipotence. One should practice controlling the breath with concentration of the mind. The awakened Kundalini that has been brought up to the Manipura Chakra (navel chakra) can sink back down to the Muladhara Chakra (root chakra). It then has to be lifted again with great effort. One should be completely desireless and filled with Vairagya (dispassion) before attempting to awaken Kundalini. Kundalini is like a shining thread.
When awakened, it hisses like a snake hit with a stick and enters the sushumna through a hole. As it moves from chakra to chakra, it opens layer by layer of the mind and the yogi acquires various siddhis (spiritual powers).
Chakras are centers of spiritual energy. They are in the astral body, but they also have corresponding centers in the physical body. They usually cannot be seen with the naked eyes. Only a clairvoyant can perceive them with his astral eyes. They roughly correspond to the various plexuses (nerve plexuses) in the physical body. There are six important chakras. These are: Muladhara (with four petals) on the anus; Swadhisthana (six petals) on the genital organs; Manipura (10 petals) on the navel; Anahata (12 petals) on the heart; Vishuddha (16 petals) on the throat and Ajna (2 petals) in the space between the two eyebrows. The seventh chakra, known as Sahasrara, contains a thousand petals. It's at the top of the head. The plexus on the sacrum (1) roughly corresponds to the Muladhara Chakra; the prostatic plexus or the pelvic plexus (2) the swadhisthana, the solar plexus (3) the manipura, the heart plexus (4) the anahata chakra, the larynx plexus (5) the vishuddha chakra and the frontal sinus plexus (6) the Ajna Chakra.
Nadis are channels made of astral matter that guide the currents of prana. They can only be seen with the astral eyes. You are not the nerve. There are 72,000 of them. Ida, Pingala, and Sushumna are the most important. The sushumna nadi is the most important of all.
Cleansing the Nadis
Pranayama is said to be the union of Prana and Apana. Pranayama consists of exhaling, inhaling and holding your breath. For the correct execution of the pranayama they are connected with the letters of the Sanskrit alphabet. Pranava (the mantra OM) alone is said to be pranayama. Sitting in Padmasana (lotus position) one should meditate until Devi Gayatri appears at the tip of the nose, a divine girl of red complexion, surrounded by countless rays of the image of the moon and riding on Hamsa (the swan) with a scepter in hand. She is the visible symbol for the letter A. The letter U has as its visible symbol Savitri, a divine young woman of white color with a disc in her hand and riding on Garuda, the eagle. The letter M has as a visible symbol the goddess Sarasvati, an old woman of black color who rides a bull and holds a trident in her hand. He should meditate that the one letter, the highest light, the Pranava OM, is the origin or source of the three letters A, U and M. Drawing in the air through Ida (the left nostril) for a period of 16 matras (1 matra = 1 counting unit), he should meditate on the letter A, while holding the inhaled air he should meditate on the letter U for the time of 64 matras; breathe out over the time of 32 matras, meditating on the letter M. The o. A. Exercise sequence should be repeated over and over again.
When he is confident in asana (yoga posture) and has achieved perfect self-control, the yogi should sit in padmasana (lotus position) in order to remove the impurities of sushumna, inhale the air through the left nostril, hold it for as long as he can, and exhale through the right nostril. Then when he has drawn in and held the air through the right nostril, he should exhale through the left nostril; in the order that he draws in air through the same nostril through which he exhaled before. Those who practice according to these rules will have their nadis cleansed within three months. He should practice holding his breath slowly 80 times a day for 4 weeks at sunrise, at noon, at sunset and at midnight. In the initial phase sweat develops, in the middle phase the body shakes and in the last phase floating in the air. These results result from the suppression of breath when sitting in the lotus position. If sweat develops with exertion, it should be rubbed on the body, this will make it firm and light. In the early stages of exercise, milk and ghee foods are excellent. One who obeys this rule becomes steadfast in his practice and does not get taapa (a burning sensation) in the body. Just as lions, elephants, and tigers are gradually tamed, so too will the breath gradually come under control when it is strictly directed.
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