How Pranayama works?
Through the practices of Pranayama, a
certain amount of heat is generated which influences the
existing quantum of energy or Prana. For example, if you
produce heat in a vessel, it will heat the existing air.
We all have a certain amount of Prana
which gives us life and maintains our organs. Pranayama
serves to heat that quantum of Prana which then ascends
along the spinal column into the Ajna Chakra. When
sufficient heat is generated within the system, the Ajna
Chakra sends a feedback to the base (the mooladhara) of
kundalini and the dormant potential energy is awakened to
increase the energy flow to the Ajna Chakra. This is the
purpose of Pranayama.
While Pranayama serves to awaken the
kundalini, certain Pranayamas are done to purify the
carrying channels so that this increased energy can be
handled appropriately. For example, the Ujjayi pranayama
clears the pingala nadi for the ascension of kundalini.
The science of Pranayama is based on the
retention of prana called 'kumbhaka'. Inhalation and
exhalation are merely incidental. Those who are serious in
awakening the hidden recesses of the brain need to perfect
the art of retention (kumbhaka). During kumbhaka there is an
increased blood flow into the brain and simultaneously heat
is generated in the system.
The heat generates an increased energy in
an electrical form. This electrical spark alters the
chemical structure of the cerebral fluid which surrounds the
brain. When this fluid is chemically influenced, it affects
the behaviour of the brain. This is why one experiences a
All the great experiences take place in
this condition of dizziness. However, it is important that
when this occurs you are fully aware. Few people are able to
handle it and that is why the practice of Pranayama should
be combined with the practice of concentration. When
awakening takes place, dizziness occurs and a visual aid is
necessary such as a candle, a dot or the 'Om' symbol.
Therefore, the practice of Pranayama has
to be done very intelligently and patiently.