Pranayama-Don’t indulge in it without preparation!



Beloved readers and friends,

Yoga is a holistic, scientific, mathematics like tool of self-discovery. I trust there is no controversy about the statement that self-discovery or self-realization is the zenith of human potential. This action-based-tool for self-realization originated in India in Vedic times. If we believe Vedic texts its origin in time is millions of years ago yet if we have not yet allowed ourselves to be swayed away by these so called baseless declarations in Hindu scriptures you can still have all the reasons and testimonies of highly educated, historians and archeologists (bound by ‘seeing is believing’ paradigm) to take its origin minimum of 5000-10,000 years back in time. How they arrived at this time is simple. Since Upnishads, into which Vedas culminate at the end  have elaborate mention of Yoga.

So now lets go by the fact that Yoga originated 5000 years back. So now what your logical instinct tells you? It must help you navigate to the logical conclusion that hundreds or thousands years of research should have been put before penning down these principles. Right? Yes! thats correct. Our seers could not have been able to arrive at certain principles and practices by using just their intuitive faculty of mind. The reason is simple – Yoga is action oriented and to understand the effect of certain postures, breathing patterns on body, mind complex there would have been enough experimentation. They would have definitely discovered that if things are not done in a definite sequence they become harmful for out body, that they produce ill-health instead of good health and better control over mind-body.

Thus came certain laws, disciplines which we MUST follow if we are adopting Yoga as a discipline in our life. Yoga was very popularly practised and some of the seers and rishis did suggest modifications in the individual components of yoga but the most astounding fact is – No one ever changed the sequence of steps in Yoga. Which are – Yama, Niyama, Asana, Pranayama, Pratyahara, Dhyana, Dharna and Samadhi.

Without discussing more on Yama, Niyama (these are principles to discipline your own conduct torwards others and self) and Asana (the practice of mastering a posture in which you can sit comfortably without slightest of movement for long hours) we shall move into Pranayama.

The most important point to be noted is that before Pranayama, Sadhaka (practicioner) should cleanse his body, its internal organs and also its energy channels (Nadis). The point to be noted is that this cleansing (Shuddhi) has not been limited to only body rather well within its intricate systems of Nadis. Nadis are in fact energy/sensation carriers inside our body and there is mention of 72,000 nadis in various Vedic texts. These Nadis are to be purified, cleansed before indulging in Pranayama.

Do I have any basis in making this statement? Yes, very much. Please read the below shloka (verse number 53) from Trishikhbraahmnopanishada.

Yamaishch Niyamaishchaiv Aasanaishch susanyatah|

NaadiShuddhim cha Kritvaadou Pranayamam samacharet||

It clearly warns the Sadhaka that after having perfected Yama, Niyama and Asana one must purify one’s Naadis. Thereafter Pranayama has to be practised.

If pranayamas are attempted/practiced without having accomplished nadi-shuddhi it upsets the flow of vayus in the physical body. All the vayus i.e. prana, apana, samana, vyana and udana might get disturbed leading to many ailments beyond diagnosis.

I received some questions and people asked me that they have their own doubts whether these rules are to be observed by people who are practising Yoga only for physical benefits. The answer to that is – Your body-mind-complex does not recognize the reason for what you are running. Whether you are running to catch a train or a thief or participating in marathon.. your decision and action of running has its effect on your health. If you do it regularly you benefit from it. If you are doing it for the first time.. out of compulsion or anything of that sort.. may be just to save yourself from the robbers then you should be ready to bear the consequences. You shall face the brunt of sudden jerks and steep challenges your body is subjected to.

Now here comes an intermediate step between Asana and Pranayama and that is Nadi-Shodhan. And now when you know the fact I would just hope that like a literate, wise person who is keeping oneself aware in various fields by visiting sites on net, surfing through blogs like mine – you would refrain yourself from such practice.

TV Gurus, people teaching you art of living, Gym-savvy modern gurus teaching you power-yoga – All of these are committing a grave mistake. They are ignoring this intermediate step of Nadi-Shodhan.

I know that now those who have read this post of mine, would like to know about what are the exact harms of not following this rule. Some of you may want to know what is method of “Nadi Shodhan” as well. Pranayama is the prerequisite to pratyahara and then dhararna and yet another step of ‘Tattwa-Shuddhi’ is to be done if someone wishes to dive deeper in ‘dhyan’ or meditation.

I have written a lot about all these and also how ‘Tattva Shakti Vigyaan‘ works on all these preliminary and preparatory practices along offering the practitioners a clear path forward in their evolution with spirituality.

– Ach. Agyaatdarshan Anand Nath

About Ach. Agyaatadarshan Anand Nath

Master AD, as Acharya Agyaatdarshan Anand Nath is lovingly called by his disciples, friends is a true Tantra Master. You can either love him or hate him but for sure you can NOT ignore him. He and his beloved consort Ma Shakti Devpriya Anand Nath are engaged in spreading scientific spirituality in masses through their Tattva Shakti Vigyaan initiation camps. Master AD, a poornabhishikta in Srividya (Krama System) has equal command on Yoga, Pranayama, Tantra and Kriya Yoga techniques and guides seekers worldwide through 'The Shakti Multiversity' platform.
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11 Responses to Pranayama-Don’t indulge in it without preparation!

  1. sanjay says:

    Dear AD, I know of people who sufferred severe eye damage as they descended deep into kapalbhaati with a lot of force. naadi Shodhan was alien to them. I feel really sorry for them who sufferred because a few TV guru’s skipped the essential naadi shodhan part. Appreciate if you gave some credible sources/reference of your information rather than a single shloka which we anyways cannot interpret clearly.

    But thanks for this vital information anyways.

  2. Virendra Chaturvedi says:

    Dear AD,

    Now a days Every body is telling about Yoga but they even themselves are not aware about its Logical Steps . Nadi Shodhan is an important intermediate step between Asana and Pranayama . You have really obliged by pointing out the major mistake people do while making Yoga and Pranayam.
    People must wake up from this they must understand that action are beneficial only when they are done in Definite Sequence otherwise they may be harmful to our body. TV guru are exploiting folk in the name of Yoga & Pranayam now a days.
    Need more of this..

  3. Johnie from New York says:

    well, I’m reading you on and it’s interesting me a lot. Please more post more on information. And by the way, can you tell me that where can I find some “Real” guru that can teach me “myself.”

    • Dear Johnie, Welcome to Sacred Association of AD!

      I can just hope that so extra long delay in replying to your thoughtful comments has not gone totally out of place and you would still read it with the same enthusiasm and curiosity.

      As per your expectations I would definitely speak more on Topics like Pranayama, Yoga and various other tools for self-realization. Keep following this sacred space.

      Although many call me Guru but since the ‘reality’ check has not been conducted on myself so I would refrain from saying ‘come to me’.. nevertheless one thing for sure you should itch in your heart ‘when search starts the Guru shall appear’ and he would be as per your current level and needs.

      May you have specific queries/questions the forum is open and I would take it up when time is ripe.. for the reason ‘the rain has to come when land has been thouroghly tilled’.

      Love and light

      – AD

  4. docguyster says:

    Dear AD, i am suffering from adverse affects of kapalbhati after doing it watching from tv (baba ramdevs show). i cant concentrate and my mind gets clouded. i cant understand a situation as a result of which i have become very irritable. help me somehow. my life has become kind of hell.

  5. Dear Docguy, I can understand your situation and empathize with you. Would you forgive me if I come back with an elaborate methodology on ‘cure’ from damages caused by abuse of ‘pranayama’? Currently I am editing a book on the topic ‘Secret of dying with content’ tied up a bit. Should get free by this weekend and I will definitely write on this however I would appreciate if you can give details of your practice undertaken so far – how and when you started experiencing these symptoms, your physical built, age and such factors as this will help me in giving you personalized advice.

    Love and Light

    • docguyster says:

      thank you so much for for taking care to reply back despite your busy schedule.yes you take your time i can wait.well about me iam 6 ft tall average built 78 kgs in weight 29 year old guy.i started kapalbhati pranayam about 5 years back watchig baba ramdev on tv as i was suffering from generalised anxiety those days and thought yoga might help.i started with kapalbhati gave me good benefits initially in thwe form of greatly improved concentration and understanding but when i tried to do it vigourously it proved quite deleterious to me.i couldnt concentrate my memory got blunted.since then i have been doing it on and off without much benefit and iam really struggling with it.i did all other pranayam s in between but they infact compound my problem.i hope you can find a way out for me.i will be greatly thankful to you;it is killing my career and quality of my life.

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  7. Nikkita says:

    Dear AD, I am new for this blog. I have done yoga course for 3 months. But not heard any negative effects from the yoga trainers. Currently doing airobics & poweryoga. We do it to be fit & fine. But By reading your blog i get to know that there must be a discipline while doing this. So now my curiosity to get the exact knowlede for all of this though you is increasing. Please let us know what is ‘Nadi shodhan’. & would also like to know what is the meaning of ‘Love & Light’?

  8. Ganesh says:

    Its good to read your blog but if you can put some picutres that will be great.

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