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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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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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Which is the correct counting while breathing for Prāṇāyāma in Rajayoga?

Prāṇāyāma is one of the eight step of Yoga. Though it has very deeper concept of realizing cosmic energy and probably controlling it, for beginner the method of harmonizing breathing is introduced as ...
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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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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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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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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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Chest breath or stomach breath while doing yoga, pranayama and meditation?

Lots 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 ...
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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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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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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 ...