Swara Yoga What is Swara Yoga? • Ancient, closely guarded, esoteric science • Origins in the Tantras • One text – ‘Shivaswaroday’ – dialogue between Shiva & Parvati • Swara – continuous sound • Science of breath, prana, its rhythms, movements and patterns • Talks of relationship between prana and cosmic prana • Science of Siddhis or ESP Science & Swara Yoga • Body – Dynamo with infinite electrical currents • Kirlian Photography & Prana • Breath – controls many autonomic & voluntary functions • Nose – Peripheral organ of the autonomic nervous system Prana & emotions • Thoughts and prana travel through the breath. • Emotions affect the breath. • Examples - Advantages of Swara Yoga • Fighting wars, Overcome enemy, winning friends • Gaining wealth, prosperity, popularity • Winning favor of king, • Knowledge of past, present & future • Achieving sound mental, physical & spiritual health • Swara in Daily Life Swara or Nostrils Left nostril Right nostril Ida nadi Pingala nadi Mental energy Physical energy Moon Sun Cold Hot Female Male Right brain Left brain Relaxation Stress response Considered auspicious Hard, tough, not so virtuous Acts to be performed • Left • Right • All auspicious acts • Extreme tantra tech. • Stable, permanent • Destroying enemies actions • Sensual pleasures • Purchasing jewelry, • Work requiring extreme clothes, journey etc dynamism, • Construction of house • physical work • Offices, temple etc. • Solving Mathematics, • Marriages, religious • Eating, gratifying senses rights, peaceful work • Meanest & worst actions • Treating incurable diseases Third Swara Sushumna • Center of the spinal cord • Shiva in So-Ham • Left & right swara flows together • No worldly action recommended, work gives no result • Non attachment • Meditation recommended How nostrils work? • Nostrils change every 1 to 3 hours, from left nostril for 1 to 3 hours to right nostril for 1 to 3 hours again to left • A healthy rhythm, is 1 ½ hours. • Linked with the sun and moon phases. • When both nostrils are active – Sushumna nadi is active Daily Schedule • Get up before sunrise for better physical and mental health. • Waking – check which nostril is most active and move that side first. • Yoga & exercise • Eating food • Mental work – left nostril • Physical work – right nostril • Sleep • Travel • Shopping • Enjoyment – parties, movies, get together Interactions & Relationships • Left nostril – peaceful and friendly • Right nostril – aggressive and forceful • Relationships & nostrils Food • What you eat affects swaras or nostril rhythms. • Right – proper hunger and digestive stimulation. • Left – depressive – can increase or decrease hunger in an unnatural way. • Cold – milk, banana, curd, guava (stimulate left) • Hot – spices, ginger, garlic (right) How to change the nostrils. • Anuloma Viloma / Alternate nostril breath for 10 – 15 min. • Place cotton wool in left nostril to block it – turns on right nostril. • Hand under left armpit and press for 5 min to turn on right nostril. • Sleep on left side to turn on right nostril. • Same nostril breathing will turn the nostril on. Health • Can predict and prevent disturbances in health. • To maintain health, balance the nostrils. • Stress – balance both the nostrils • Depression & anxiety – activate more right nostril • Anger & aggression – activate left nostril • If a cold is coming – left is more active. To prevent it activate right. • Migraine – change nostril. • Heatstroke – switch on left nostril.
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