swara yoga …

The Sanskrit word, swara, has many definitions and applications. In yoga, briefly stated, swara pertains to the recognition of rhythm, pulsation, or wave of the universe tracing these wave forms and patterns back to their source. Hence Swara Yoga discloses and informs us about both the music of the Celestial spheres, but also all of creation, right down to our daily activities. .As such it concerns itself with the subtle (and mostly invisible) finer forces which underlie the contraction and expansion of the entire universe including the human body in all its aspects (prana or winds (vayus) as well as thought processes..

Swara Yoga is an ancient spiritual science that deals with the various qualities of the flow of Prana (the source of the life force) in the universe and as such in the body and mind. This Prana Shakti (evolutionary energy) emanating from beginningless Source permeates all of creation as well as the human form governing all aspects of life. By consciously knowing and working with with these corresponding energetic forces in terms of the elements, the mind, and their psycho-energetic relationships constitute tha basis of swara yoga. At first this relationship is developed by getting in touch with the breath as it flows in both nostrils. Such a conscious relationship has subatomic, atomic, cellular, creative/artistic, and healing modalities. It is at once has evolutionary, practical, and spiritual purport.

The ancient Rishis believed that learning to read the breath and then attuning it in harmony with nature’s finer forces, that the yogi can learn to read the outer and inner universe (macrocosm and microcosm) and in that way come into a profound harmony as well as in evolutionary function. Swara yoga teachings can also act as an elaborate system of astrological prediction and guide everyday tantric activities. In this sense pranayama is said to be a specific aspect of swara yoga. Swara Yoga is thought to have been taught by Shiva to Shakti and in this way brought to the human being.

The science then starts with observing that the breath has many subtle characteristics which can be identified as to cause and effect revealing nature’s deeper pulsations – thus forming a conscious and direct relationship with the evolutionary power and intelligence. The assumption is that, all else being equal, in a healthy person “normally”the dominant nostril will alternate from one nostril to the other approximately every 90 minutes. The flow of the prana in the left (ida) and right (pingala) nadis retain a correspondence in the left and right nostrils respectively.

There are many specific factors which influence this flow (swarodaya) including the lunar cycles, the time of day, etc. Briefly, being conscious of what nostril is dominant gives us information about the suitableness of certain activities. The left nostril dominance indicates ida dominance and the right nostril the pingala. The central import of  ida and pingala nadis are found in any good hatha yoga book;  so they won’t be listed here.

An important awareness for the yogi is that when the nostrils are balanced, the energy can flow into the sushumna nadis – being harmonized and synchronized, our latent  non-dual  dynamics becomes activated. This is best for meditation and spiritual practices. These flows can be easily observed and moved any time during the day or even while sleeping through the application of awareness (cit prana) if when wisdom prompts.

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