Yoga & Pranayama
Pujya Swami ji considers Yoga as a technique of controlling the mind and the body. Such control not only aids the seeker in his pursuit of the Almighty but also enables him to fend off the worldly distractions. Swami ji holds multiple Yoga sessions where He teaches his disciples various techniques learnt through His experience of over 20 years. Among the multitude of aasanas (positions) in Yoga, Pujya Shri focuses the most on Pranayama or the control of breath. Pranayama cleanses the inner self thereby providing him a solid launchpad for his pursuit while also helping him achieve a heightened sense of awareness. The sessions normally start with different types of breathing exercises like Quiet breathing, Deep breathing, and Fast breathing. All these exercises help strengthen the lungs, create and maintain a clear nasal passage, and increase the concentration of the mind.
The practice of Anulom-Viloma Pranayama or alternate nostril breathing is aimed at restoring the balance between the physical energy (represented by the right nostril) and the mental energy (represented by the left nostril) thereby leading to a healthy metabolism. It not only cleanses the blood of toxins but also allows a seeker to effectively de-stress. Kapalbhati and Bhastrika are the hyperventilation types of Pranayama that are performed using the techniques of Kumbhak (retention of air) and Bandha (energy locks). These type of Pranayama are aimed at revitalizing the body by improving blood circulation. Bhastrika involves fast inhalation and fast exhalation with Kumbhak and Bandhas in between. This stimulates the heart and lung muscles and washes out toxic gases from the body. Pujya Swami ji believes that the purity and body control that a seeker learns during Yoga makes it easier for him to meditate and achieve the state of trance.
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