The Science of Breath: Portal to Higher Awareness


The breath has enormous power. By learning to control the breath, we learn to control prana—the vital energy that sustains every aspect of our being, physical and mental, as well as the entire cosmos. Working with the breath, we gain control of our nervous system, mind, and then cosmic energy, opening the door to higher awareness. The science of controlling prana through the breath is known as pranayama.

In this ten-part series, Swami Rama offers a wealth of knowledge and practical instruction on the science of breath for both beginners and experienced students. Discover how the breath relates to the nervous system, the mind, and the body’s subtle energy channels. Explore pranayama practices ranging from fundamental to more advanced, presented step by step along with their benefits. Then, moving beyond pranayama, learn how breath awareness creates a joyful inner stillness leading to deep meditation and ultimate freedom.

10-Part Series

Steady Posture: Foundation for Breath Awareness

Breath awareness is an essential part of meditation. Authentic schools of meditation teach breath awareness before leading a student toward advanced techniques of meditation, but some of the modern schools have failed to grasp its...

Controlling the Breath to Control the Mind

Controlling the breath and calming the nerves is a prerequisite to controlling the mind, and control of the mind is a prerequisite to the ultimate control of the universal energy of prana. The mind stands...

The Flow of Prana: Nadis, Chakras, and Kundalini

Modern scientists give importance to breathing exercises only from the viewpoint of oxygen intake. Their concern is with the absorption of oxygen in large enough quantities to vitalize the nervous system. But in the science...

Breath Awareness: Key to Deep Meditation

Breath awareness is vital for a student who wants to learn the higher techniques of meditation. It leads to the awakening of sushumna, the state of mind that is undisturbed and joyous. Sushumna Sushumna occurs...

Pranayama and the Autonomic Nervous System

In order to understand the science of pranayama it is necessary to consider the nature and function of the nervous system, for this system coordinates the functions of all the other systems in the body....