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What is prana?

As is the case with many other terms, prana can

have several meanings depending on context. For example some

yogic scriptures instruct you to draw the prana in through the left

nostril and expel it through the right and vice versa. Here, prana

simply means breath.

More often we come across passages that advise us not to let the

prana enter the head, or consciously push it into the arms to gain

strength or direct it into areas of the body that harbour disease. Very

common is also the scriptural advice to move prana into the central

energy channel (sushumna)[…]

The union of Hatha and Raja Yoga

This post describes how the higher yogic techniques such as dharana (concentration), dhyana (meditation) and samadhi (absorption, ecstasy) must be added to the lower limbs of yoga to make produce success in practice. The modern fad of reducing yoga to asana practice has nothing to do with traditional yoga.

Is pranayama just Ujjayi or is it more?

Is pranayama just the slowing and extension of the breath (aka Ujjayi) or is it more?
Pranayama is defined in Yoga Sutra II.49 as extension of inhalation and exhalation (for example Ujjayi during Ashtanga Vinyasa). Sutra II.50, however, gives a deeper meaning of pranayama […]

How does asana work and why is it important?

The importance that yoga places on deleting bodily, tissue and cell memory and what attitude the yogi needs to do so. To inquire into this we first need to understand yoga’s panchakosha model. The model was already alluded to in Brhad Aranyaka Upanishad but found its fullest expression in Taittiriya Upanishad (II.2-5).