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Hatha Yoga Kriyas

by Vishwaguruji Paramhans Swami Maheshwarananda

Hatha means 'to do something', where you need a lot of self-control and discipline. Hatha Yoga has six techniques, also known as shat karma. In the West, people wrongly believe that Hatha Yoga consists of practicing asanas, but those are part of Raja Yoga. Pranayama breathing techniques are also part of Raja Yoga, except for one specific type of pranayama, which is one of the six Hatha Yoga techniques.

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Pranayama Full Yoga Breath

by Vishwaguruji Paramhans Swami Maheshwarananda

The word pranayam is composed of the word pran (life energy) and vyayam (practicing). It is the exercise of vitality – the life force, life energy. Breath is life, without the breath we cannot exist. Our whole body is breathing and there are techniques to train our body to receive more oxygen. 

Guruvakya

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