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					          Swara Yoga



Ref: “Shiva Swarodaya” (Original Sanskrit
                  Text)
“Swarayoga” – Swami Muktibodhananda
   under the direct guidance of Swami
               Satyananda


                 Yoga Vidya Gurukul
                   yogapoint.com
          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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