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Posts by Swami Rama

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Articles / Yoga Practice
Bandhas and Mudras
To practice pranayama with breath retention, we must apply bandhas (locks). Swami Rama describes the three bandhas and their effects, as well as mudras (seals) used in meditation and pranayama.
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Articles / Yoga Practice
Vigorous, Calming, Cooling, and Advanced Pranayamas
Pranayama is a highly developed and complex science. It can be used for cleansing, revitalizing, calming, and cooling, as well as bringing clarity and joy to the mind. Swami Rama describes six practices that can be done without the guidance of a teacher, and three more advanced practices that should be attempted only with expert guidance.
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Articles / Yoga Practice
Nadi Shodhana: Equalizing the Flow of Breath
An aim of yogic breathing techniques is to equalize the flow of breath in both nostrils. This leads to the opening of the energy channel called sushumna nadi, which makes the mind flow peacefully inward. Swami Rama explains one of these techniques—nadi shodhana (alternate nostril breathing).
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Articles / Yoga Practice
Diaphragmatic Breathing: Foundation for Pranayama
Diaphragmatic breathing is essential for the practice of pranayama, as well as for long-term health. It allows the body, nerves, and mind to relax, whereas using our chest muscles to breathe creates tension and anxiety. Swami Rama offers practices to develop a habit of deep, diaphragmatic breathing and to strengthen the diaphragm.
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Swami Rama
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Lectures / Tantra
Timeless Secrets of Tantra & Yoga (Part 2)
“Just as there are millions of suns in the galaxy, there are millions of stars and suns within us,” said Swami Rama. How can we experience the highest life has to offer? The ancient systems of yoga and tantra give us tools that lead us to the pinnacle of human existence. In this never-before-released video lecture from 1987’s classic Path of Fire & Light seminar, Swami Rama shares timeless secrets of these two ancient systems. Learn how to use the tools of meditation, contemplation, and awakening the chakras so we can tap into the hidden reservoirs of power and wisdom within us—the unconscious mind and the latent energy known as kundalini shakti. In this journey within, we transform habit patterns that no longer serve us. We also expand and refine the capacity of our body, mind, senses, and breath so we can know ourselves on every level. Watch this video, and learn secrets of the sages that will infuse your practice—and life—with profound meaning!
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Articles / Yoga Practice
Controlling the Breath to Control the Mind
The mind is tightly fastened to prana like a kite to a string. When the string is held skillfully, the kite, which wants to fly here and there, is controlled and flies in the direction desired. Learn how pranayama, the science of breath, helps us hold the string skillfully to gain control of the mind, which stands between us and reality.
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Swami Rama
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Articles / Yoga Practice
The Flow of Prana: Nadis, Chakras, and Kundalini
Yogis have mapped the flow of prana (life-giving energy) through a network of nadis (energy channels) and chakras (energy hubs) in the human body. Learn how understanding the most important nadis and skillfully directing the flow of prana opens the door to kundalini awakening and higher consciousness.
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Swami Rama
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Articles / Meditation
The Real Meaning of Meditation
What is meditation? How does it work? Can meditation help us achieve genuine peace and happiness in today’s hectic, often chaotic world? Swami Rama explains the various aspects of meditation: how to turn inward, how to cultivate stillness, how to pay attention, and how to tell that we are making progress.
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Articles / Yoga Practice
Pranayama and the Autonomic Nervous System
Can we consciously change our heart rate and other automatic, or involuntary, functions of our body? Swami Rama explains how pranayama—controlling the breath—enables us to bring all the processes regulated by our autonomic nervous system under our voluntary control.
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Swami Rama
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Articles / Wisdom
The Sage from the Valley of Flowers
The Valley of Flowers in the Himalayas is noted for its extraordinary natural beauty and spiritual vibrancy. Swami Rama relates his adventures as a young man traveling through this valley—how the intoxicating fragrance of its wild flowers disoriented his mind, and how he learned a valuable lesson from Gudari Baba, a sage with a mysterious healing blanket, who guided him on the journey.
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Swami Rama
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Lectures / Tantra
Timeless Secrets of Tantra & Yoga (Part 1)
We all want to discover what gives us energy—what inspires us. The ancient systems of yoga and tantra give us tools that help us tap into our latent energy and then invest it to find absolute joy. This is the inward journey. In this never-before-released video lecture from 1987’s Path of Fire & Light seminar, Swami Rama shares timeless secrets of how we can begin to awaken this inner energy, or fire, in three stages: (1) understanding the flow of breath in our nostrils and learning to consciously direct it (sushumna application); (2) awakening kundalini and leading it to its highest dimension; and (3) attaining experiential knowledge of the absolute. Watch this fascinating video, and learn how you can start the inward journey by understanding the subtleties of the breath, the mind, and the first three chakras.
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Swami Rama
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Articles / Yoga Practice
Pranayama: From Breath to Cosmic Energy
When we learn to control prana—cosmic energy—we learn to control all the energies of this universe, as well as our body and mind. We can learn to control prana by controlling the breath. This is the practice of pranayama. A story illustrates how pranayama leads to control of the nervous system, mind, and cosmic energy, and ultimately to freedom—the goal of yoga.
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