Hatha Yoga Pradipika On Pranayama

Energetics & Philosophy

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Chapter II. On Pranayama

  1. Posture becoming established, a Yogi, master of himself, eating salutary and moderate
    food, should practice pranayama, as instructed by his guru.
  2. Respiration being disturbed, the mind becomes disturbed. By restraining respiration,
    the Yogi gets steadiness of mind.
  3. So long as the (breathing) air stays in the body, it is called life. Death consists in the
    passing out of the (breathing) air. It is, therefore, necessary to restrain the breath.
  4. The breath does not pass through the middle channel (susumna), owing to the
    impurities of the nadis. How can then success be attained, and how can there be the
    unmani avastha.
  5. When the whole system of the nadis which is full of impurities, is cleaned, then the
    Yogi becomes able to control the Prana.
  6. Therefore, Pranayama should be performed daily with satwika buddhi (intellect free
    from raja and tama or activity and sloth), in order to drive out the impurities of the
    susumna.

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