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Kumbhaka (Breath Retention) Pranayama

In this post and a few of the upcoming posts, I will be describing pranayama techniques which involve breath retention (kumbhaka). Some of these techniques also involve application of the three bandhas, as appropriate.

Samavritti Pranayama

The word "sama" means equal or same number and "vritti" means rotation or simply action. If you recall, […]

Alternate Nostril Breathing (Naadi Shuddhi)

Also known by the names "Naadi Shodhanam" or "Anuloma-Viloma", Naadi Shuddhi (नाडी शुद्धि) is one of the most commonly practiced pranayama techniques in yoga. The word "naadi" means "nerves". In fact, in yoga the term naadi is applied to psychic channels associated with the flow of prana (vital life force). According to some ancient texts, […]