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The word Prāṇāyāma is a compound of prāṇa (life-force) and āyāma (control). Alternatively, it could be understood as a process that extends the dimension of the life force. It is one of the 8 limbs of yoga, and precedes meditation by two steps. When we say prāṇa, we are not talking merely about the breath.     As Swami Vivekananda puts it, “it is the vitality of the breath which is Prāṇa.” The Vedic scriptures emphasise the predominance of Prāņa (life-force) and provide instructions on breath-control in order to attain immortality. The Vedic seers understood the direct link between the breath and the mind. For instance, in the Chāndogya Upaṇiṣad (6.8.2), the connection between the breath and mind is illustrated through an analogy: “A bird, which is tied by a […]

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