Wednesday, October 12, 2011

We will talk about the asana and pranayama sutras in class tomorrow

sthira sukham asanam

Asana is perfect firmness of body, steadiness of intelligence and benevolence of spirit.
prayatna saithilya ananta samapattibhyam

Perfection in an asana is achieved when the effort to perform it becomes effortless and the infinite being within is reached.
tatah dvandvah anabhighatah

From then on, the sadhaka is undisturbed by dualities.
tasmin sati svasa prasvasayoh gativicchedah pranayamah

Pranayama is regulation of the incoming and outgoing flow of breath with retention. It is to be practised only after perfection in asana is attained.
bahya abhyantara stambha vrttih desa kala samkhyabhih paridrstah dirgha suksmah

Pranayama has three movements: prolonged and fine inhalation, exhalation and retention; all regulated with precision according to duration and place.
bahya abhyantara visaya aksepi caturthah

The fourth type of pranayama transcends the external and internal pranayamas, and appears effortless and non-deliberate.
tatah ksiyate prakasa avaranam

Pranayama removes the veil covering the light of knowledge and heralds the dawn of wisdom.
dharanasu ca yogyata manasah

The mind also becomes fit for concentration.

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