This is the practice of kevala kumbhaka, which is conducive to meditation. Kumbhaka as an element of pranayama is okay isolated from actual. Kevala means ‘by silent’ or ‘absolute’. Kevala kumbhaka is the pause in breathing unaccompanied by puraka or rechakal, as when an artists is totally absorbed. Kumbhaka is the pause between an inhale and exhale. According to B.K. S. Iyengar in Light on Yoga, the “retention or holding the breath, a state where there is.

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Kumbhaka is ukmbhaka keeping the air kegala inside. This downwardly flowing current distributes itself through the coccyx center to the sensory and motor nerves and keeps the consciousness of man delusively tied to the body.

When the nadis become free from impurities, and there appear the outward signs of success, such as lean body and glowing color, then one should feel certain of success.

Such powers as that of roaming about in space unseen, follow this last form of Pranayama. It is performed to keep oneself quiet and be done at any time, even after meals.

Evening sandhya should always be performed after practice, and Hatha Yoga should be practiced at midnight. He should retain this state throughout kumbhaka. He should practice mudras properly, as instructed by his guru.

Stout persons breathe heavily and die prematurely. The maximum gap or pause is observed in the state of rest.

Kevala Kumbhaka when performed correctly makes use of pulling the breath in and holding it drawing back the bow of the breath and steadily holding it whilst aiming at the target. In the same way, the air of the body kumbhska be moved intelligently, filling it through Suyra when fatigue is experienced.

Some like camphor, and betel leaf. In other words, the subtle breath separates from the gross breath.

After dinner he should eat Ilachi or lavanga. There is much more to say on this but we’ll keep it simple for now. When the prana current goes upward, it pulls the vital breath laden with oxygen into the lungs. The upper part of the thorax is the abode of the inflowing breath, and the lower part of the outgoing breath. Practicing kumbhaka for a long time increases endurance of physiological as well as psychological structure of an individual. It has never been published.


Along with the inhale and exhale, the kumbhaka is essential to any practice of pranayama. In kumbhaka the vibration in the body is like that of a locomotive stationary under steam, its driver alert and ready to start, but relaxed. By practicing in this way, one becomes next to the God of love and beauty. Closing the passages with Jalandhar Bandha firmly at the end of Puraka, and expelling the air slowly, is called Murchha, from its causing the mind to swoon and give comfort.

The life energy distilled from the oxygen also helps to reinforce the life-force centers in the spine and at the point between the eyebrows, and the main mevala of life energy in the kumbhka.

Kriya Yoga in The Bhagavad Gita

Then you hold your outstretched foot, or your big toe, with both hands. Re-tensioning leads to hyper-tension. By drawing up from below Mula Bandha and contracting the throat Jalanddhara Bandha and by pulling back the middle of the front portion of the body i. In the evening the exercise should begin after finishing Sandyha, as before, beginning the practice 3 ghatika or one hour before the sun sets.

This is called Tratika by acharyas.

This practice effectively over time causes the lengthening of the exhaled breath remember, when you push one way, nature pushes back to restore ‘balance’. This Bhastrika should be performed plentifully, for it breaks the three knots: Sitkari is performed by drawing in kumbhwka air through the mouth, keeping the tongue between the lips. These figures may vary due to geographical, communal and other distribution factors.

Respiration being disturbed, the mind becomes disturbed.

The result is a lake, reflecting the serene beauty of the mountains round. This was written on the basis of Sundarananda Kevla Sri Kshetra and intended for a devotee audience, as it was done on a commission by disciples of Bhakti Promode Puri Maharaj. The yogi’s body is the sacrificial altar, the in — flow of breath is the moment when the oblation of puraka is consumed in the fire of rechaka, and the oblation and the flame become one.


The nature of this life current is calm; it withdraws inwardly the devotee’s attention during sleep and in the wakeful state, and in meditation unites the soul with Spirit in the Kumbhala Center in the brain. Its ruler is the atman, whose all seeing eye watches every detail during pranayaam. Bhaktivinoda Thakur’s autobiography is an extremely interesting work, especially to one who is directly in disciplic succession from him.

Yogis should always take wholesome food and never anything unwholesome. Iyengar in Light on Yogathe “retention or holding the breath, a state where there is no inhalation or exalation”. The disembodied consciousness in the vehicle of the light body crosses over the threshold of light and death This practice enables the devotee to dispel the illusion of growth and decay of the body as flesh; he then realizes it as made of lifetrons.

By using this site, you agree to kfvala Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Here, we stop the gross breath somewhere in between the inhalation and exhalation and forget whether kfvala are inhaling or exhaling.


Advanced pupils should do all the bandhas after mastering them kumnhaka while holding their breath. From the opposite pulls of the prana and apana currents in the spine, the inhalations and exhalations of breath are born. There is a tendency, whether unconscious or deliberate, to tighten and loosen them in order to hold the breath longer. Should there be no fatigue, he should not practice it.