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Once the Practitioner is Freed from Excess Weight | The Hatha Yoga Pradipika | Chapter 2:36-42

When prana flows through the sushumna, the mind becomes steady.


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Chapter II



II.36 Once the practitioner is freed from excess weight disorders stemming from imbalanced kapha by doing these 6 kriyas, then the practitioner should begin pranayama and will find success without much strain.


II.37 Some teachers do not accept these kriyas because they believe that the impurities can be removed by pranayama alone.



II.38 Gajakarani - Draw up the apana to the throat, and vomit up the contents of the stomach. This slowly brings the nadis under control.


II.39 Even Brahma and other gods practice pranayama with devotion because of fear of death. Therefore, one should practice restraining the breath.

II.40 As long as prana is retained in the body through pranayama, the mind is a state of balance, and the gaze is fixed toward the center of the eyebrows, why fear death?


II.41 Once the nadis are purified through the correct practice of pranayama, the prana opens the mouth of the sushumna nadi and easily enters.

II.42 When prana flows through the sushumna, the mind becomes steady. Steadiness of mind is called manonmani.





 

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