Yoga Rahasya of Nathamuni

Chapter 1 Title:प्रकरण अध्याय

prakaraṇa adhyāyaḥ

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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 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 yields fruits
in the treatment of all kinds of diseases.

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Śloka 85:

cikitsataḥ prāṇa-gatiṃ parīkṣya-ādau pravartayet |
rogiṇo deha-śaktiṃ ca na-anyathā phala-dāyakaḥ ‖

If engaging therapeutically, firstly
examine the gait of the breath
and the power of the body.
Otherwise it will not bestow fruits.

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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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