Secret Power of Tantrik Breathing: Techniques for Attaining Health, Harmony, and Liberation

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Inner Traditions / Bear & Co, May 8, 2009 - Health & Fitness - 152 pages
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Explores the secrets and benefits of alternate nostril breathing practices

• Includes breathing techniques to help overcome infertility, bad luck, and illnesses

• Explains the interactions of the vital energy of breath with the chakras and energy channels (nadis)

There is an intimate relationship between breathing and our emotional states. When we are nervous or excited, our breath rate increases. Conversely, if we alter our rate of breathing, we can alter our emotional state. The ancient civilization of India developed methods for changing the emotions and states of consciousness through yogic meditation and pranayama (breath control).

Secret Power of Tantrik Breathing teaches the advanced pranayama system of svaraodaya, which is based on the fact that we normally breathe freely through only one nostril at a time. In a healthy person, breathing changes roughly every one and a half hours from one nostril to the other, with each nostril imparting different qualities to one’s mental and physical state. The left nostril is cool, soothing, passive, and feminine in nature; the right is warm, energizing, active, and masculine. When the breath remains in one nostril for longer than normal, mental and physical illness can result.

The goal of svaraodaya is to harmonize the breath from each nostril with the life task needing to be accomplished. This book explains how to practice this breath control and how the vital energy of breath interacts with the chakras and energy channels (nadis) to create overall balance and harmony. It also includes svaraodaya breathing techniques to help overcome illnesses, infertility, and bad luck; make predictions; and attain liberation from the cycle of rebirth.

 

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Contents

Chapter 2 Svarodaya Shastra
41
Chapter 3 Svarodaya Shastra and Human Destiny
67
Chapter 4 Tantrik and Yogic Practices for Liberation
107
Notes
127
Bibliography
129
Index
131
Books of Related Interest
136
Backcover
138
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Swami Sivapriyananda (1939-1997) was born in Gujarat, India, and studied Sanskrit and Pali at Pune University. In 1974, after taking sannyasa, the act of renunciation within Hinduism, he visited many saints, ashrams, and centers of traditional learning in search of material on forgotten and neglected aspects of Indian religion and culture.

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