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Hatha Yoga, Khechari Mudra And Pranayama

Hatha Yoga, Khechari Mudra And Pranayama

By Hatha Yoga the body is rendered strong and healthy by the practice of Asanas and Mudras, and the Prana united with Apana is taken through the Sushumna to the Sahasrara Chakra at the crown of the head.


Asana and Pranayama are the two Angas or limbs of Ashtanga Yoga (Raja Yoga). 

Swami Sivananda

It is not possible to practise Raja Yoga unless one possess a strong and healthy body?

One cannot practise meditation if one has no Asana-Jaya or control over the pose.

One must be able to sit on Padma, Siddha or Sukha Asana steadily for 3 hours at a stretch. Then you will be able to meditate nicely. If the body is unsteady the mind also will be unsteady. There is intimate relation between the body and the mind.

Hatha Yoga and Raja Yoga are inseparable. Where Hatha Yoga ends, Raja Yoga begins. Hatha Yoga aims at bodily perfection, and a sound healthy body helps a Raja Yogi student in his practice of Yama,
Niyama, Dharana, Dhyana, and Samadhi.

It should be understood well and clearly there is no short cut, the practice of Pranayama alone cannot awaken the sleeping Kindalini Sakti. Asana, Bandhas, Mudras, Pranayama, Japa, meditation, strong and pure irresistible analytical will, the grace of a Guru, devotion to all these will awaken the Kundalini Sakti.

Note* Pranayama forms one of the eight limbs of Raja Yoga.


Khechari Mudra And Pranayama

People are unnecessarily alarmed. You can practise ordinary Pranayama exercises without the help of a Guru. A Guru is necessary if you want to practise Kumbhaka or retention of breath for a long time and unite Apana with Prana.

If you have a Guru by your side or you can get the lessons from him and practise them at home. You can keep regular correspondence with him. You can retain the breath from 1/2 to 1 or 2 minutes without any difficulty or danger. If you cannot get a realised Yogi, you can approach senior students of Yoga. They also can help you.

Practice of 'Khechari Mudra will help the student to stop the breath. He can have high concentration and meditation. He will be free from hunger and thirst. He can change the breath from one nostril another quite easily. He can have Kevala Kumbhaka.

About the Spiritual Author

Tarun Choudhury

Tarun Choudhury
From the teachings of Swami Sivananda


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