Pranav Pranayam – Yoga Breathing Exercise 7

This is Yoga Breathing Exercise 7 in the 7 Yoga package – Pranayam segment.

pranav

Other Names

Meditating Om

Description

  1. After doing all the Pranayamas, concentrate your mind on inhalation and exhalation, and meditate upon udgitha(OM) with your prana.
  2. Turn yourself into a spectator (=Soul) and while inhaling deeply and exhaling subtly your respiration rate should be so subtle that you do not feel like hearing the sound of your breath, and even if one puts a cotton swab before your nose it should not shake or quiver.
  3. Gradually increase the practice and try to breathe in and breathe out once in one minute.
  4. Thus, try to look at the breath inside.
  5. In the beginning the friction of breath will be felt on the tip of nose.

How to do

  1. Close your eyes and sit quietly.
  2. Breathe in naturally.
  3. Concentrate the mind on inhaling and exhaling and think of god.
  4. God has created our eyebrows, eyes, nose, ears, lips, heart etc. in Aum shape (Hindi word).
  5. Imagine the presence of god in every particle and meditate.
  6. Duration : 2-3 mins or more

Benefits

  1. Deeper the experience, deeper the physical, mental and spiritual energy.
  2. Pranayam overcomes the physical disorders, gives good health and the devotee proceeds on the path of spirituality.
  3. When as a spectator (=Soul) we concentrate our mind on the rhythmic flow of breaths, the prana gets subtle automatically, and we inhale once in 10-20 seconds and exhale in 10-20 seconds.
  4. Through long practice a yogi takes one breath in one minute.
  5. After bhastrika, kapalabhati, bahya Pranayama, anuloma-viloma, bharamari and udgitha, this Pranav Pranayama is done, which is another form of vipasyana or preksa dhyana.
  6. It is completely meditation based. Everybody must do this meditation-based Pranayama.
  7. Yogis practising samadhi do this penance of breathing accompanied with meditation of Pranav for hours together, according to the availability of time.
  8. There is no sound of breathing in this procedure, i.e., this soundless penance takes a seeker into the deep silence within, where his senses merge in the mind, the mind in the prana and the prana in the Soul, and through Soul a seeker realizes the universal Soul, supreme Soul and Brahman.

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