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Asana a prerequisite of pranayamam

There are 8 component of yoga by Patanjali. Yamas, Nigam, Āsana, Prānāyāma, Pratyāhāra, Dhāranā, Dhyāna, Samādhi. It was mentioned in many yoga text books and commentary, one should practice asanas ...
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Is there any relation between (nama) Japa and breath?

Nama Japa is an excellent path for people, especially of kali yuga, to get any benefits in life and also to get moksha. In ashtanga yoga, there is a step called pranayama, which regulates breathing. ...
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How to do om namah shivaya pranayama(shiv panchakshari pranayam)

I have read in shiv mahapuran that in form of pranayam,shiv Panchakshari is 100 times more beneficial. Do somebody know how to do it?
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What is the recommended set, duration and sequence of pranayama that one beginner should do for advancing spiritually?

I guess Moksha is the highest level of advancing spiritually. I guess one of the ways to reach Moksha is by practising regular Meditation. For meditation one must prepare his/her body by practising ...
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Any side effects of doing pranayam and meditation wrongly or without Guru mentioned in scriptures?

Are there any side effects mentioned on doing Pranayam and/or Meditation wrongly or/and without Guru in Hinduism scriptures?
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What rules or guidelines should I follow before doing Udgeeth?

There used to be some recommended rules and guidelines to follow before doing any Pranayama and meditation. Udgeeth involves chanting of AUM (OM) with every exhalation. We do Udgeeth in a sequence of ...
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In which book Udgeeth is mentioned?

Udgeeth involves chanting of AUM (OM) with every exhalation. We do Udgeeth in a sequence of Pranayam like Bhastrika, Kapalbhati, Anulom Vilom, Bhramari and then Udgeeth. Is Udgeeth one of Pranayam(One ...
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Acquire Prana to reach spiritual perfection - Swami Vivekananda

Rāja Yoga – Swāmi Vivekānanda – CHAPTER III : PRĀṆA Reading this chapter, it seems to me that to reach spiritual perfection a Yogi must acquire as more Prana as he can in the less amount of time. This ...
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Can Prana (Life force energy) be increased?

Is the amount of Prana we are born with is constant throughout our life or can it be increased?
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May one learn how to breathe from the diaphragm (Buddha Belly Breathing) holistically throughout all of their activities and if so how exactly? [closed]

Peace, Divine Love, and Blessings to All. I recently began to research meditative/breathing for the Solar Plexus. I was instructed that the "normal breathing" done in the west is not the ...
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Is there any interdependence between asanas and pranayamas?

Asana is a prerequisite for Pranayama. There are several types of Pranayama and Asana. Is the effect same in the following two cases Doing any type Pranayama with any Asana Doing a particular type ...
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Fear and negative thoughts [closed]

I do everything: pooja and Pranayam, but still I always get negative thoughts. It always seems that only bad things will happen with me. I do read sunder kand daily. Please advise. why it is like ...
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Is there a sequence or order to perform Shatkarmas?

In the yoga, as a physical body cleansing mechanism, we have Shatkarmas - 6 kriyas. Namely - Neti, Douti, Nauli, Basti, Kapalabhathi Pranayama, Trataka. I would like to know is there a order in ...
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Chest breath or stomach breath while doing yoga, pranayama and meditation?

Lot of gurus preach to take breath in chest, in this process chest will expand and stomach will shrink while inhaling. They give reason that lungs have oxygen absorbing capacity so we should breath to ...
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What does Patanjali say about benefits of Tribandh Pranayama?

I want to know what Patanjali says about benefits of Pranayama. I do not trust videos and articles about it.As they mostly talk about what they think .. I want the verses explaining the benefits of ...
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What scriptures describe replacing the Pranayama Mantra with Shlokas?

When Dvija males do Pranayama, they chant an expanded version of the Gayatri Mantra, known as the Mahasavitri Mantra. Sri Vaishnava lecturer U. Ve. Mukkur Lakshminarasimhachariar Swami had said this: ...
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What are some breathing techniques or pranayama mentioned by Vivekananda

I was going through the book, "Raj Yoga" by vivekanada, and I found a breathing technique, where he mentions that the practitioner should inhale for 4 counts, hold the breath for 8, and exhale for 4 ...
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Which is the correct counting while breathing for Prāṇāyāma in Rajayoga?

Prāṇāyāma is one of the eight steps of Yoga. Though it has very deeper concept of realizing cosmic energy and probably controlling it, for beginners, the method of harmonizing the breathing is ...
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Prana in hands while meditating?

While trying a certain breathing technique while meditating a few weeks ago, I began feeling a peculiar sensation in my hands. It felt like an internal buzzing or as if my hands were filled with light....
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What is anuloma viloma pranayama?

I hear a few yoga gurus talking about "anuloma viloma" pranayama or breathing technique. What is it and how does it compare with alternate nostril breathing?
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What other yoga scriptures has kak bushundi or bhushundi maharaj gifted to mankind?

Kak bushundi or bushunda maharaj or kagabujandar as he is referred to in south India has written yogic scriptures such as Kagabujandar upanishad. Kagabujandar pernum noel kaviyam 1000 Yoga vashista ...
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Is there any prerequisite for practicing Pranayama?

There are 8 component of yoga by Patanjali. Yamas Niyama Āsana Prānāyāma Pratyāhāra Dhāranā Dhyāna Samādhi I want to start Pranayama(e.g. Bhastrika, Kapal Bhati, Anulom Vilom etc.) so should I ...
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Blowing Nose as Pranayama [closed]

I was taught a method of pranayama that involves sharply exhaling from each nostril in turn a number of times. When I was blowing my nose this morning it occurred to me that this action was similar to ...
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What is the esoteric meaning of BG 4.29?

In geetA, 4.29, there is the following verse about yogic technique of prAnAyama, which is equated with higher internal sacrifice. apane juhvati pranam prane 'panam tathapare pranapana-gati ruddhva ...
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