In the previous lesson we introduced you to a meditational technique which utilized awareness of the breath as a means for inducing relaxation, introversion and eventually (we hope) a meditative state1. In this topic we will develop the same theme by describing two methods called anuloma viloma and prana shuddhi, which also require breath awareness.
Though anuloma viloma and prana shuddhi have different names and are often performed separately, they are ideally practised together, one following on from the other. If you have time, these practices can be done after perform ing the previous meditation practice1.
These two practices closely relate to and can be easily integrated with the practices of nadi shodhana that we have already discussed. In fact they supplement each other.
The Sanskrit word anuloma viloma means up and down', 'alternate' or' reversed'. This is a technique in which the flow of breath is reversed through each nostril alternately. The word shuddhi means 'purification' and the word prana you already know2. Therefore, prana shuddhi can be defined as a practice which purifies the flow of prana in the body.
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