The cosmic cycles; Pancha Tattva -The five elements; Tattva Vichara - Active swara; Influence of the tattvas
in daily life; The Nadhi-s; The three flows of prana; Prana Sadhana; Swara Activities; Pranayama techniques for Swara Yoga
The importance of the breath into the human existence and into its harmonious integration with the cosmic cycles determined the ancient rishis
or sages to develop a complete science around it just from studying the simple process of breathing.
in sanscrit means 'the sound of one's own breath',
the word is designating the flow of the breath into the nostrils, and “Yoga
” means fusion,
, so Swara Yoga enables the state of union to be reached by means of one's breath.
However, this form of yoga should not be confused with pranayama, which involves a different aspect of the breath. Swamy Satyananda states that “Swara Yoga emphasizes the analysis of the breath and the significance of different pranic rhythms, whereas pranayama involves techniques to redirect, store and control prana. Swara yoga may therefore be said to involve the practices of pranayama, but in fact it is a much more extensive and precise science.” *
Swara Yoga is an ancient tantric science existing since before the Vedic period, over ten thousand years ago. Like all the forms of yoga, swara is aiming the realization of cosmic consciousness, having like particularity the use of the observation, the control, and the manipulation of the flow of the breath in the nostrils, flow that is correlated with the cosmic cycles of the energy and with the five elements. It involves the systematic study of the breath flow through the nostrils in relation to the prevailing phases of the moon, time of the day and directions of the breath.
Through the practice of Swara Yoga, the breath become the instrument of the cosmic life force. Thus, the practitioner who observes the different patterns of breath becomes able to better understand the governing forces of life, the nature of the universe, and the effects of the elements on the body and mind, developing the ability to control its own being and to go beyond the mind´s limitations.
Through the knowledge of Swara Yoga higher awareness is attained and all kind of negative influences can be avoided and eliminated. By becoming aware of the relation between the environment and the way the breath is active in each one of the nostrils, the result of the actions can be influenced. In order to achieve that, it is needed the knowledge of how the five elements (tattvas)
are interacting and succeed one to each other, what is the rhythm of the flow of the breath in each nostril (Ida Nadi and Pingala Nadi) and how this flow can be correlated with the five elements in order to ensure success and positive outcomes for whatever the actions are.
It can be as simple as checking the time and the breath flow into the nostrils before steping out of the house, noting the direction you wish to go in and then choosing the adequate foot with which you will make your first step!
“Many of the yogic texts such as Shiva Samhita and Goraksha Samhita and various Upanishads discuss the functions of prana. However, the main source of recorded knowledge on swara yoga comes from the Shiva Swarodaya. Shiva is the supreme consciousness. Swara is the breath flow and udaya means waking or rising. This text extols the significance of the different types of breath or pranic rhythms as told by Lord Shiva. In the tantric tradition Lord Shiva, who is known as Adinath (the primordial guru), first expounded the knowledge of swara to his disciple, Parvati or Devi. The Shiva Swarodaya was the outcome of this dialogue. The very opening of the Shiva Swarodaya emphasizes the importance of swara yoga. Shiva implores Devi to make sure that the science is kept very secret and sacred, and remains the highest of all the vidyas or forms of knowledge. Lord Shiva further states that in all the seven lokas he knows no greater wisdom or treasure than the swara. According to the swara shastras, by analysis of the breath deeper understanding of the cosmos is unfolded and the wisdom revealed within the Vedas can be realized. Through knowledge of the swara, a sadhaka can become a perfected yogi.”
* Swami Satyananda Saraswati on Swara Yoga;
in: Swara Yoga, The Tantric Science of Brain Breathing
, by Swami Muktibodhananda, Yoga Publications Trust, Munger, Bihar, India, 1999
Date and schedule
Saturday, 29th of May, 2021, at 9:00 - 13:00 and at 16:00-20:00 - GMT summer time (Portugal summer time)
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