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3rd IMPC Lecture: Asana & Pranayam, Body Postures & Control of Breath

Published: 16.01.2005
Updated: 25.10.2010

International Preksha Meditation Camp

1. Objectives

  • Prepare the body for spiritual practice
  • Obtain holistic health
  • Revitalize all the systems of body

2. Spiritual Basis

  • Initial step to begin inner journey
  • To sit stable and comfortable so that mind can be focused
  • A cleansing process of body, mind, pran and thoughts
  • A process of self purification - Nirjara
  • To tolerate uncomfortable situations

3. Differences between Asana and Aerobics


  • Gentle, slow movement
  • With long breathing
  • Effects the inner hormones
  • Sustain the postures
  • Spiritual oriented
  • Develops stamina & tolerance
  • Massage of inner organs
  • Physical, mental, emotional health


  • Fast movement
  • No attention on breath
  • Muscular effect
  • Quick change
  • Health oriented
  • Develops the growth of muscles
  • No such process
  • Physical health

4. Scientific Basis

  • Each cell of body is supplied enough oxygen and blood
  • Great effect on cardiovascular functions
  • Eliminates toxin and waste elements produced by body
  • Rejuvenates all the systems
  • Flexibility of muscles helps to stay away from diseases
  • Less prone to psychosomatic ailments

5. Benefits

  • Fitness of body
  • Breath becomes longer and deeper
  • Strengthens immune system
  • Makes a person vigilant and young
  • Cools down hot temper
  • Stretching and relaxing of muscles cures body aches and pains
  • Mind is disciplined and concentrated

6. The Process

  • Position - Relax and stable
  • Movement - Slow and consciously come to postures and sustain it for a while without force
  • Breathing - long, slow according to postures
  • Attention - Mind should be aware of each posture
  • Relax - Relax the muscles in between the asanas

7. Spiritual Basis of Pranayam

  • Expansion, development and control of vital energy
  • Ida, Pingala and Sushumna
  • The principle of Swarodaya
  • A bridge between non physical [soul] and physical [ body]
  • Balances vital energy through out the body

8. Scientific Basis

  • Connected to sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system
  • Healing technique

9. Benefits

  • Vital energy removes the blockage inside the nerves
  • Purak - Inhalation gives energy to body
  • Rechak - Exhalation cures the abdominal ailments
  • Kumbhak - Holding the breath awakens the inherent potentials
  • Controls breath rate
  • Mind becomes stable and focused
  • Divine powers and intuition power is explored
  • Experience of mental peace

10. Practices of Pranayam

  • Surya bhedi - Inhale and exhale from right nostril
  • Chandra bhedi - Inhale and exhale from left nostril
  • Anulom - vilom - Alternate nostril breathing
  • Bhastrika - Exhalation with force

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