Paramahansa YogAnanda has given a very subtle and esoteric meaning for this verse from yogic point of view in his commentary (God talks with Arjuna).
The incoming and outgoing breath and their union is described as oblation or ahutis in the sacrifice. By doing the esoteric practice of pranayama, the yogi can earn great spiritual merits.
Other devotees ...
Yes that's called the Kapalbhati Pranayama. You will find a lot of videos on Youtube.com where the Pranayama is being demonstrated by the Yoga Guru Swami Ramadev. Like this one.
The Yogic treatise Hatha Yoga Pradipika's 2nd Chapter describes it as follows:
Bhastrāvallohakārasya rechapūrau sasambhramau Kapālabhātirvikhyātā
We find references to the Anuloma Viloma technique in the Kurma Purana.
This page, which is a translation of the Yogic treatise Hatha Yoga Pradipika has quotes from Kurma Purana:
I am going to describe the procedure of the practice of Yoga, in order that Yogis may succeed. A wise man should leave his bed in the
Usa Kala (i.e., at the peep of dawn or ...
When you start to clean or tidy up your room, at first it seems that it is getting more messy. You carry on putting everything in their place and carry on with the cleaning, putting all the rubbish away, and eventually the room will be clean and tidy.
Similarly, when you make ghee, you put butter to cook, and from time to time, impurities of the butter show ...
Most scriptures prescribe the method where the ratio is 1:4:2.
For example Devi Bhagavatam states:
Vajrâsan (diamond seat) consists in placing the feet on the two thighs
respectively and placing the fingers below the thighs with the hands
also there, and then sitting at ease. Vîrasan consists in sitting
cross on the hams in placing the right foot ...
Yes , The practice and perfection of Asana is a prerequisite for pranayama. The Yogic scriptures tells us that that we should practice pranayama after fully acquiring technique of Yoga Asanas i.e. postures.
If our internal organs are not healthy, not strong and balanced, then the practice of pranayama will have an negative effect on our body and mind....
The best way to practice it is - lie down flat on your back on the ground, with your face and chest facing skywards. Whenever you take a deep breath in this position, it will involve the belly and somewhat ignore the lungs. Remember what all remains stagnant and what keeps moving.
Next, get up and sit in the Lotus pose and try repeating the same breath -- ...
As I went through this link that explains the alternate nostril breathing, it seems like both are same.
One can say that Alternate nostril breathing, is a westernized term for Anuloma Viloma.
Though some additional practice for Anuloma Viloma also asks the person to focus on the breaths during the process,
that is instead on letting your mind wander to ...