I have recently been approached by the new Center for Consciousness Science, which is part of the University of Michigan’s Medical School, in regards to advise for their project on brain and psychological dynamics associated with yogic breathing (pranayama) techniques. Apart from answering their questions I also pointed out that one of their main challenge would be to eliminate negative circumstances that influence the performance of pranayama (i.e. to enable your practitioners to perform repeatable sets of data.) Some of these are: […]
In this chapter I will clarify misconceptions about samadhi and show that there are varieties of samadhis, not just one type. Firstly, samadhi is not enlightenment. The term “enlightenment” was borrowed from the European Enlightenment movement of the 18th century and emphasized reason.