This is the practice of kevala kumbhaka, which is conducive to meditation. Kumbhaka as an element of pranayama is okay isolated from actual. Kevala means ‘by silent’ or ‘absolute’. Kevala kumbhaka is the pause in breathing unaccompanied by puraka or rechakal, as when an artists is totally absorbed. Kumbhaka is the pause between an inhale and exhale. According to B.K. S. Iyengar in Light on Yoga, the “retention or holding the breath, a state where there is.

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Meditation should be undisturbed by irregular breathing, such as holding the breath. Indications of success in the practice of Hatha Yoga. By practicing Basti with water, the Dhatus, the Indriyas and the kumbhhaka become calm.


We are inhaling and exhaling the air throughout our lives without any sort of danger, and Pranayama being only a regular form of it, there should be no cause to fear. Recent researches in the field of Bahir-Kumbhaka demonstrate the impact on cerebral circulationwith an increase in end diastolic velocity EDVmean flow velocity MFV along with kumbhakx index PI.

Kaivalya is that isolation that is described in the fourth chapter of the yoga sutras. It is used up, like electricity, through bodily motor movements voluntary and involuntary and mental activity. The perspiration exuding from exertion of practice should kumghaka rubbed into the body and not wipedas by so doing the body becomes strong. The trunk is sealed at the base by contracting the anus and the perineum and lifting them up from muladhara.

Please help improve this article by adding kevaal to reliable sources. Respiration includes inhalation and exhalation.



Ujjayi should be performed in all conditions of life, even while walking or sitting. In truth, he becomes the lord of the Yogis in this world. But the alternative is also okay and you can even do an entire nadi shodhana routine in this position, on each side.

For a devotee, the erotic depictions that cover the temple present something of a problem. Medical science recorded normal respiratory rate in humans as breaths per minute with life span of 70—80 years.

Kriya Yoga in The Bhagavad Gita

But by Kriya Yoga the breath is gradually quieted and the movements in the lungs and the body stilled. The air thus drawn in should not be expelled through the kveala. This is important to understand. This removes slesma phlegm in the throat and increases the appetite.

This page was last edited on 27 Augustat When pensive, it is practised without uddiyana. Hold for some time, relaxing body and mind in the same way. In between these two processes there is a very minute gap or pause normally in milliseconds which is usually not noticed and it recurs, i. Helps remove impurities from the body Improves concentration Clears and stills the mind.

The spine and torso are active and dynamic like a child and the chitta is alert and protective like a mother. The yogi acquires the knowledge of how to control dis breathing. The book is still in kumbhakx works and I have not posted much lately as this year has been a busy transition year for myself and family.

Kriya Yoga in the Gita

Such as “Saluting Yogindras and their disciples and guru Vinayaka, the Yogi should unite with me with composed mind. The chitta in this state is free from pasion kumbha,a hatred, greed and lust, pride and envy. But it works in harmony with the other sitting poses, in which the bandhas are practiced.


Right leg out, breathe in through the right nostril, out through the left. Absorbing this knowledge by experience, the yogi makes pranayama vidya a part of his wisdom, to which he finally offers his knowledge, his wisdom, his very life breath and his ‘self’ as oblation.

Such powers as that of roaming about in space unseen, follow this last form of Pranayama. However this is a very gross understanding. All the disorders disappear. When the system of Nadis becomes clear of the impurities by properly controlling the prana, then the air, piercing the entrance of the Susumna, enters it easily.

Venous blood is ordinarily pumped by the heart into the lungs for purification. Go and spend a few hours with an old kumbbhaka bow and arrow A paraphrase translation; see V: By practicing in this way, through the right and the left nostrils alternately, the whole of the collection kevaala the nadis of the yamis practisers becomes clean, i.

Aging is also seen proportional to frequency of respiration or respiratory ratei. Breath, lungs, heart slow down in sleep but are not completely stilled. Kumbha means a pot which can be full or empty. In the practice of Kevala Pranayama when it can be performed successfully without Rechaka and Puraka, then it is called Kevala Kumbhaka.

In the evening the exercise should begin after finishing Sandyha, as before, beginning the practice 3 ghatika or one hour before the sun sets.