Email Swami Muktibodhananda Swara Yoga:The Tantric Science of Brain Breathing contains knowledge about the physical act of breathing and its subtle yet profound influences on our consciousness. It aims at directly awakening the highest human potential. In other systems a similar understanding of the swara, the breath, is also expressed. For example, Taoism also states that if one meditates upon the breath, the cosmic deities or forces can be seen operating the physical body.
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Swara Yoga is the study of the breath in great detail and of the pranic rhythms in the body. Our breathing changes every 90 minutes or so throughout the day, going from being primarily flowing through one nostril or the other, and then briefly for a cross-over time, it flows smoothly through both. And it is said that the brief time when the breath flows evenly in both which corresponds to Sushumna flowing is the perfect time for either activities of great good such as meditating or great evil such as murder!
Most diseases of the body and mind arise first as an imbalance in the Swara. For example you may notice that one nostril feels blocked over some days and later you may come down with a flu, but more seriously if a nostril predominates constantly over the other then you may experience serious depression or anxiety.
I experienced severe anxiety for a long time and the attacks always took place while the Swara was flowing in my right nostril, which influences the left side of the brain, that is the Sympathetic nervous system, so I often had to block the right nostril if I could not go somewhere and rest to try and make the Swara flow in the left nostril, thus stimulating the right side of brain and the Para-sympathetic nervous system. It did help, but long term one needs to balance the Swara more effectively.
For example, to approach people in authority, your Bank manager or a difficult bureaucrat for example, or to have a better chance of influencing somebody, approach them from the side your active Swara is flowing.
If you feel a headache coming on check immediately which side the Swara is predominant on hand below nostrils or block and sniff and see which one is more open and then lie down on the same side as the flowing nostril.
Particularly good for migraines. Predominant Ida left nostril tends to relate to congestive conditions, mucus problems, colds etc. And predominant Pingala right nostril to fever conditions.
Likewise it is advised for example that the left side is the best side to sleep on as this encourages the Swara to flow in the right nostril. Now to me that does not make absolute sense as right side is Sympathetic, but anyways that is the advice given, and I generally find sleep on the left side to be most refreshing. Perhaps it is because when the right nostril flows the pranic energy is stronger and the mental energy is weaker, which allows the prana to refresh the body, while the mind is more restful.
This slight compression causes the Swara to flow in the opposite nostril, a choice they will be making for whatever reason, depending on circumstance. The same effect can be got by squeezing your hand under your armpit for a period of time. If necessary one can plug up the nostril with a cotton plug. In Shiva Swarodaya, the scripture it says that Swara yoga is related to the planetary movements. Study of these without knowledge of Swara is said to be useless.
Left Nostril flowing is Ida, right is Pingala. Left is Lunar, Right solar. For example if the left nostril predominates then the body is predominantly alkaline and if it is right predominant then it is acidic.
Right nostril flowing should not be used for meditation according to him. Or for drinking or urination. In fact eating and bathing are also better done when Left predominates.
All errors here are my own and not my teachers. Research further yourself if interested.
Swara Yoga: The Tantric Science of Brain Breathing
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