- Early morning,
answer the calls of nature and sit for the Yogic practices. Practice Pranayama
in a dry, welt-ventilated room. Pranayama requires deep concentration and
attention. Do not keep anyone by your side.
- Before you sit for Pranayama practice, thoroughly clean the nostrils.
When you finish the practice, take a cup of milk or light food after 10
- Strictly avoid too much talking, eating, sleeping, mixing with friends
and exertion. Take a little ghee with rice when you take your meals. This
will lubricate the bowels and allow air to move downwards freely.
- Some people twist the muscles of the face when they do Kumbhaka. It should
be avoided. It is also a symptom to indicate that they are going beyond
their capacity. This must be strictly avoided.
- Pranayama can also be performed as soon as you get up from bed and just
before Japa and meditation. It will make your body light and you will enjoy
the meditation. You must have a routine according to your convenience and
- Do not shake the body unnecessarily. By shaking the body often the mind
also is disturbed. Do not scratch the body every now and then. The Asana
should be steady and as firm as a rock when you do Pranayama, Japa and meditation.
- In all the exercises, repeat Rama, Siva, Gayatri, or any other Mantra.
Gayatri Mantra or OM is the best mantra for Pranayama. When you have advanced
in the practice, you need not count or keep any time unit. You will be naturally
established in the normal ratio through force of habit.
- For some days in the beginning you must count the number and see how
you progress. In the advanced stages, you need not distract the mind in
counting. The lungs will tell you when you have finished the required number.
- Do not perform the Pranayama till you are fatigued. There must be always
joy and exhilaration of spirit during and after the practice. You should
come out of the practice fully revived and refreshed. Do not bind yourself
by too many rules (Niyamas).
- Do not take bath immediately after Pranayama is over. Take rest for
half an hour. If you get perspiration during the practice, do not wipe it
with a towel. Rub it with your hand. Do not expose the body to the chill
draughts of air when you perspire.
- Always inhale and exhale very slowly. Do not make any sound. In Pranayamas
like Bhastrika and Kapalabhati, you can produce a mild or the lowest possible
- You should not expect the benefits after doing it for 2 or 3 minutes
only for a day or two. You must have a daily practice of 15 minutes in the
beginning regularly for days together. There will be no use if you jump
from one exercise to another every day.
- Patanjali does not lay much stress on the practice of different kinds
of Pranayama. He mentions: "Exhale slowly, then inhale and retain the
breath. You will get a steady and calm mind." It was only the Hatha
Yogis who developed Pranayama as a science and who have mentioned various
exercises to suit different persons.
- "Pranayama in its popular and preparatory form may be practiced
by everyone in any posture whatsoever, sitting or walking; and yet it is
sure to show its benefits. For those who practice it in accordance with
the prescribed methods, results will be rapid."
- Gradually increase the period of breath intake. Retain for 4 seconds
in the first week, for 8 seconds in the second week and for 12 seconds in
the third week and so on till you are able to retain the breath to your
- You must so nicely adjust the inhaled and the exhaled breath that you
should not experience the feeling of suffocation or discomfort at any stage
of Pranayama. You should never feel the necessity of catching hold of a
few normal breaths between any two successive rounds. The duration of each
breath must be properly adjusted. Exercise with due care and attention.
Matters will turn out to be successful and easy.
- You must not unnecessarily prolong the period of exhalation. If youdo
so, the following inhalation will be done in a hurried manner and the rhythm
will be disturbed. You must so carefully regulate each breath that you must
be able to do Pranayama with absolute comfort and care. Experience and steady
practice will make you perfect.