SWARA YOGA Dr. Shamanthakamani Narendran M.D. (pead), Ph.D. (yoga science)
• Swara means “the sound of one’s own breath”• Sound creates vibrations. Yoga means ‘union’. Swarayoga is the science of understanding the union of different vibrations of breath.• Swara Yoga is the union of three important sciences science – Yoga – Hatha yoga, Raja yoga, Jnana yoga and Kundalini Yoga – Astrology – yogic astrology and yoga vastu – Ayurveda• Swara Yoga is different from Pranayama.
Swara Yoga is the science of breath:• Deals with interaction between cosmic rhythm and individual pranic patterns in each person• Rhythms create specific physical, mental and emotional patterns• It alters the state of consciousness at all levels i.e., conscious, subconscious and unconscious• Breath is the linking force between The Pinda and The Brahmanda: the individual body and the cosmic body• It places emphasis on the first breath of life as it activates certain elements which are dominant in one’s life• Last breath of one’s life activates elements which are responsible for reincarnation
Ancient Concepts of Swara yoga • Dual nature of our personality is symbolized as ‘Ardhanariishwara- half Shiva and half Shakti finds place in Swara yoga where nasal cycle is connected with the brain hemispheres • Right nostril is connected to left hemisphere and vice versa • Flow of Pingala(right nostril) – left hemisphere is active, flow of ida(left nostril) – right hemisphere is active Example: • Verbal efficiency is greater when breathing is primarily in the right • Spatial skills is enhanced during left nostril dominance
Application of Swara yoga in daily lives • Right hemisphere (governed by Ida nadi) stimulates creative, artistic and musical abilities • Left hemisphere (governed by pingala nadi) stimulates rational, analytical, logical and mathematical intellect • Left nostril dominance stimulates Pineal gland – psychic phenomenon such as clairvoyance, telepathy, precognitio controlled by pineal gland • If both hemispheres of the brain and both the nadis can be used together, then all the forces can be combined for creative and productive work
Applications of Swara yoga: • Swara Yoga Sadhana on rising in the morning • When you get up in the morning, check your nostrils for flow of breath. Touch that side of the face with that hand on which side the nostril is active Example: • If the right nostril flow is stronger, then touch the right side of the face with your right palm. Put that foot on the ground first which corresponds to the nostril which is flowing • Go to the toilet when the right nostril is flowing and urinate when the left is flowing • Eat meals when the right nostril is flowing and drink water when the left is flowing • Go to bed at night when the right nostril is flowing and rise when the left is flowing
Benefits of Swara Yoga to Sadhaka • By practicing swara yoga one can become aware of subtle changes which take place all the time in the body and mind • By becoming aware of these patterns, a sadhaka can experience consciousness behind these subtle changes and understand the dual nature of the universe • Deeper psychic being can be experienced through this practice and unite the ida and pingala nadis that lead to the awakening of the sushumna • Swara yoga is a practical science that can help us to get attuned to cosmic rhythms and to maximise the potential of breath The glorious and valuable science of swara yoga should be utilised by all sadhakas to improve the quality of their lives.
Advantages of Swara Yoga• One can learn to do right thing at right time• Bring balance and order in life• Learn to be relaxed and conscious of own state of being before starting an activity• You learn to live in constant awareness of inner and outer world• You learn to attune to natural rhythms• One can become free from all kinds negative influences and achieve awareness• One can learn physical and pranic healing
How is Swara Yoga different from Pranayama • Swara yoga deals with manipulation of breath while Pranayama is related to control of breath • Swara Yoga stresses on the analysis of breath and significance of different pranic rhythms whereas Pranayama involves techniques to control the prana
Acknowledgement:• Bihar School of Yoga• SVyasa