Yoga is a science and pranayama is an application of this science.Subtle breath alone, as a purely mechanical operation,can create an appropriate effect on our body, mind and spirit. However, it has been observed that the effect of these techniques can be greatly amplified when they are applied with sensitivity and awareness of their subtle influences, and with a deeper understanding of the relationship between the body, energy and mind.
Miscellaneous talking is a very bad habit. It distracts the mind. It keeps the mind in a Bahirmukha (outgoing) state and makes a man non-spiritual. A vow of silence or mouna must be practiced once a week. A lot of energy is wasted in talking.
The application of bhasma or ashes forms an integral part of tattva shuddhisadhana, as it is a symbol of physical purification, as well as subtle and causal realms. Mahayogi Shiva, who is considered to be the father of tantra, is depicted naked and his whole body is besmeared with bhasma. Thus it is considered to be an auspicious act of discovering your shiva nature.
Yoga Asanas have a deeper significance value in the development of the physical, mental and spiritual personality of a person.Pure exercises on the other hand have a physical effect on our muscles and bones only. Physical exercises in the gym are performed quickly, with a lot of heavy breathing and exertion.The acrobatic, gymnastic exercises and weight lifting systems are suitable for healthy people to develop large muscles or flexibility. Very large muscles, in particular, require more nutrition and a greater supply of blood. Consequently, the heart and respiratory system have to work much harder. In this way, there is exhaustion of vital energy.
In the Chandogyopanishad it is stated that the five tattvas have evolved from the mind,the mind has evolved from prana and prana has evolved from pure consciousness. Thus the tattvas are present in every form of creation. In the physical body, they manifest as chitta shakti, prana shakti and atma shakti, which act on the body and mind through energy channels or nadis and the breath or swara.
Imagine the rush of energy that you experience when you are excited. Try to feel the channels through which the energy flows out during such experiences. At first this may seem incomprehensible, but these energy flows may be traced when you focus. Modern science explains this process in terms of nerve impulses, but the ancient seers perceived it as energy and consciousness flowing through interconnected channels in our body called nadis, which form an energy network.The word nadi means ‘flow’. Thus nadis are subtle flows of energy, just as electricity, radio waves and laser beams are subtle flows. Nadis relate to the energy in our body and should not be confused with nerves, which relate to the physical body. Nadis are pathways of pranic, mental and spiritual currents, which form a matrix throughout the physical body. They provide energy to every cell, and every organ through their vast network, carrying prana back and forth in every direction.
Our lives have become so fast these days that we hardly get anytime to relax. We idolize famous people who are used to minimal sleep just to get more working hours. Rest is losing its priority in our lives, But rest is something we cannot take lightly. Lack of rest can do serious damage to your mind and body. On the other hand we cannot lose those extra working hours that can get us ahead of others in material life. We have got a middle way to revitalize you and your 27 centers!