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Frequently Asked Questions

How should one define Pranayama?
Controlled breathing technique is a prerequisite for meditation. Systemized breathing, not only as a separate procedure, but also during the process of performing yogasanas, has a significant role in the "Asana - Pranayama - Dhyana" technique. By following the controlled type of inhalation - exhalation, and retention time interval (especially as in technique 2), not limiting just to respiratory organs, along with that, by following 'yoga' in a systematic manner, with the ability to 'oscillate', complete body also, rhythmically, there would be, more benefit for the practice of Pranayama.
What is the most recommended Asana (position) for Pranayama and Dhyana practice? What are the other alternative positions?

PadmAsana (Lotus Pose) is recommended; however, not everyone’s body is suitable for this. So, until meditation reaches the stage of concentration, it is enough if one could practice in the state prior to SukhAsana (Easy Pose) and switchover to a comfortable position [either SukhAsana, PadmAsana, Ardha PadmAsana (Half Lotus Pose), or VajrAsana (Thunderbolt or Zen pose)] thereafter.

 

Why is Pranayama practice a prerequisite for the practice of Dhyana?

Pranayama functions like a condenser for the intensity of thoughts, minimizes thoughts, decreases tension, and causes mental stability thereby preparing the mind for meditation (Dhyana).

What are the general basic precautions one should take before starting Pranayama?

For the practice of Pranayama, principally, the peacefulness, cleanliness of surroundings are needed. So also, paying attention to the state, strength of body, in suitability to that, should be the method of Pranayama. Principally, by paying attention to lungs - heart, which are important parts of body, and their conditions, the process of practice has to be decided.

What are the specific precautions one should take while practicing Pranayama?
  1. One should not breathe with mouth
  2. The practice should not be noisy
  3. The practice should be as slow as possible
  4. The practice should not deviate from the standard procedure
How many techniques of Pranayama does Guruji propose?

Guruji proposes two techniques of Pranayama

How do the two techniques of Pranayama, proposed by Guruji, differ?

In the first technique of Pranayama Guruji has proposed, females start from the left nostril and males start from the right nostril, and the breathing holding time is different in three different rounds (half time, equal time, more than that of inhalation/exhalation). However, the Pranayama process in second technique essentially same for the males and females, while the breath holding time is much more (four, six, eight….) than that in the Technique one.

In Pranayama, what happens when one inhales from each nostril and both the nostrils?

Inhalation through left nostril activates the right part of the brain, and through the right nostril, activates the left part of the brain. Inhalation through both the nostrils stabilizes the brain, awakens the power of mind.

What are the possible changes in each step of Pranayama Technique1?

Anger, hatred, emotional tension, excitement, and jealousy decreases and peace increases in the first stage (step 1 and 2); thoughts are controlled in the stage two (step 3 and 4); and good concentration & hemoglobin shall be developed by the time practice reaches the final step

What is the significance of Breath holding after inhalation?

Breath holding after inhalation increases diffusion of oxygen from alveoli (lungs) into blood

What is the significance of breath holding after exhalation?

Breath holding after exhalation helps in the control of thoughts

What are the benefits of Pranayama in the nervous system in specific?

More oxygen reaches the nerve endings (a) Decreases natural decline of neurons (b) Dormant neurons are activated (c) Weakly or unconnected neurons get connected (d) Some extra neurons are generated

What are the other benefits of Pranayama?

(1) Concentration of oxygen improves in the blood (2) Excretion of impurities (3) Minimization of thoughts (functions as Condenser to the intensity of thoughts) (4) Decreases tension (5) Mental stability and preparation of mind for meditation (6) Development of Lungs [improves the expansion (function) of lungs, and increases Lifespan] (7) Constricted arteries open up; fat globules get dissolved (8) Activation of metabolic, anabolic, immuno, cholesterol, state of hormones, and lymph (9) Temperature increases (10) Reduces weight (11) Increased oxygen supply to body cells and the dead cells would be taken over by the new ones (12) Increased synthesis of Hemoglobin (13) Oxygen functions as Vital Power (14) Makes the "Life Force" powerful (15) Causes More "Willpower" for the Functional activities (16) Skin ailments get cured

What is the relationship between Pranayama practice and 'Vital Power'?

The oxygen acquired through the practice of Pranayama is utilized for the body to the extent needed, and the excess is stored in the form of 'Vital Power'

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