Yoga Rahasya of Nathamuni

Chapter 1 Title:

prakaraṇa adhyāyaḥ

Treatise Chapter

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Śloka 33:

abhyāsa samaye nityaṃ recapūraka 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:

recapūraka kumbheṣu mano’nusaraṇaṃ smṛtam |
recapūraka kumbhākhyāḥ sarve prāṇavidhārakāḥ ||

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

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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:

jālandharākhayabandhasya mūlamuḍyānabandhanam |
niyamenoḍḍīyānasya bandhasyābhyāsato dṛḍham |
nāḍīcakrāṇi śuddhāni bhavanti balavanti ca ||

Uḍḍīyāna Bandha is a pre-requisite for the other two Bandha, Jālandhara and Mūla.

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Śloka 89:

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

There is a particular order of teaching Āsana,
so also an order to follow when teaching Prāṇāyāma.

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