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Combined Control

Association of breathing with the state of consciousness Six characteristics of breathing
Six factors accompanying the breath Combined Control
Sri Mantra

Loss of control during the training period results in the periodic replacement of conscious behavior with unconscious behavior.

In some cases, subconscious programs may be most efficient or necessary from among all of the available programs, or a changeover to such programs may be the result of conscious choice. So, for example, in order to relieve stress, one may use the transition from the conscious control over the stressful situation to the surrender of control, and allow the body to sleep deeply or to enjoy a delicious meal, relying on the Higher Will rather than conscious control.

Breathing may employ an alternating mode, for example, conscious inhalation; having controlled varied characteristics, and unconscious «normal» exhalation (Fig. 40). In this event, the change of the periods of conscious and unconscious control occurs with predefined temporal correlations.


Fig. 40

For example, in Viloma Pranayama the inhalation may be done naturally, and be «normally» controlled by the automatic program from the subconscious, whereas the exhalation may be performed as a consciously controlled alternation of partial fragments of the exhalation and breath delays. Or vice versa, the inhalation may be a consciously controlled alternation of partial fragments of the inhalation and breath delays, whereas the exhalation may be natural and controlled by a «normal» automatic program from subconscious.


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A similar detailed approach to these breathing characteristics has already given an invaluable assistance to many people who have strived to master Pranayama perfectly. It has given the possibility to investigate and use the psychic-energy effects caused by changes in breathing characteristics (which for some reasons escaped from the attention of the presently popular Yoga schools). And also, without omitting anything, it is equally important to apply the same in practice, and to investigate everything related to Pranayama in the Tradition of Yoga.

It appears that all Pranayama forms actually used in most Yoga schools are frequently the above breathing types. In this case changing any characteristic of the breath is related to the changes in biochemical processes inside the body, energy potential, psychic background and the state of the consciousness of the practitioner. These changes can be easily noticed in the course of regular practice, and subsequently, according to one’s needs, learned consciously, just the same as through various Pranayama forms.

Traditional Pranayama forms, however, in most cases, consist of combinations of several of the above breathing types and, as a rule, are the most effective and powerful empirical findings of the of the Yoga Tradition’s adepts.



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