Practices Of Hatha Yoga – Technique 5: Anuloma Viloma

This technique is an excellent method that is normally classified as a meditational technique9. It brings balance of ida and pingala through mental suggestion. One imagines that the breath flows alternately through the two nostrils in turn. At first they will probably be unequal, but after some time the mental suggestion and imagination will bring about the change physically. At the same time, the practice will induce deep states of relaxation, but without being lost in a stream of thoughts and psychic pictures. This is a simple practice that has a notable feature compared to most other meditative techniques; while inducing relaxation, it simultaneously brings balance between ida and pingala, so that one does not become lost in thoughts or sleep. The very mechanics of the practice is such that ida and pingala are automatically balanced.

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