Yoga Rahasya of Nathamuni

Chapter 0 Title:योग रजस्य

yoga rahasya

Yoga Secret

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Chapter 1 Title:प्रकरण अध्याय

prakaraṇa adhyāyaḥ

Chapter on Topic

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Śloka 31:

sthūlaḥ kṛśas-tathā śuṣkaḥ vakraḥ paṅguḥ śarīrataḥ |
atas-teṣāṃ na sarvāṇi vihitānyāsanāni vai ‖

There are different body structures,
therefore not all Āsana are enjoined.

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Śloka 33:

abhyāsa-samaye nityaṃ reca-pūraka-kumbhakān |
yathā-śakti prakuḥ vīta rītya-ujyāyvā vilambataḥ ||

During the practice of Āsana one must constantly engage
in regulating the exhale, inhale and retention.
Ujjāyī is to be smooth and slow,
according to the strength or capability of the student.

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Śloka 34:

reca-pūraka-kumbheṣu mano’nusaraṇaṃ smṛtam |
reca-pūraka-kumbhākhyāḥ sarve prāṇavidhārakāḥ ||

Remember the mind should follow the exhale, inhale and retention.
Exhale, inhale and retention all support the vital force.

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Śloka 42:

prāṇa-prakopāt-sarvāṇi vikṣiptāni caranti hi |
manasā saha bāhyeṣu viṣayeṣu viṣātmasu |
tasmāt-prāṇam nigṛnhīyāt reca-pūraka-kumbhakaiḥ ‖

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Śloka 45:

āsanena vinā prāṇāyāmaḥ sidhyati na eva hi |
vinā prāṇa nirodhena na manaḥ sthiratāṃ vrajet ||

Without Āsana, truly, Prāṇāyāma cannot become accomplished.
Without containing Prāṇa, the mind cannot achieve steadiness.

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Śloka 67:

jālandharākhaya-bandhasya mūlam-uḍyāna-bandhanam |
niyamen-uḍḍīyānasya bandhasya-ābhyāsato dṛḍham |
nāḍīcakrāṇi śuddhāni bhavanti balavanti ca ||

Uḍḍīyāna Bandha is a pre-requisite for the
other two Bandha, Jālandhara and Mūla.
From the practice of Uḍḍīyāna Bandha the
Nāḍī and Cakra become purified and strengthened.

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Śloka 84:

yathā-adhikāram mantrāṇām prāṇāyāme prayojayet |
sarva-roga-cikitsāsu prāṇāyāmaḥ phala-pradaḥ ‖

According to one’s capability and reference,
Prāṇāyāma done along with Mantra has a role to play
in the treatment of all kinds of diseases.

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Śloka 89:

āsaneṣu yathā na-eva kramasya niyamaḥ kṛtaḥ |
prathama-abhyāsa-asinastadvat prāṇāyāmeṣu sarvataḥ ||

Just as in Āsana practice, proper procedure should never be given up, beginners in doing Prāṇāyāma, should always follow the correct procedure.

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Chapter 2 Title:विनियोग अध्याय

viniyoga adhyāyaḥ

Chapter on Application

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Śloka 45:

sthitikramānurodhena gṛhiṇām yogasādhane |
prāṇāyāmo mukhyatama iti me matamuttamam ||

In the Sthiti Krama the most important Yoga Sādhana
for the householder, according to me, is Prāṇāyāma.

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Chapter 3 Title:विमर्शन अध्याय

vimarśana adhyāyaḥ

Chapter on Investigation

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Chapter 4 Title:कल अध्याय

kala adhyāyaḥ

Chapter of Parts

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Śloka 31:

śārīra vyādhi hānāya śarīramupayojayet |
mataścacala hānāya prāṇāyāmaḥ prakīritaḥ ||

When the body is disordered, make use of the body to reduce.
When thought is agitated, make use of Prāṇāyāma to reduce.

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