Showing posts with label Antaranga. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Antaranga. Show all posts

Yoga For The Inner And Outer Body.

The development of the higher or inner phases of Yoga consciousness should go hand in hand with the physical practices of Yoga, so that all of the practices and processes of Yoga, which are limiting within themselves, become an integrated activity uniting body, emotions, and mind with the Higher Nature

Yoga encompasses a wide range of topics. 

  • Yoga appeals to the logical mind because it gives full play to reason in its aphorisms and directions, with reasonable explanations for theory and practice. 
  • It is scientific because it takes a balanced approach to man's requirements and teaches practical applications of focus and meditation in daily life. 
  • Yoga permits pleasant emotions to flourish while suppressing those that are distracting, disruptive, and harmful in human nature. 
  • Friendship, compassion, empathy, unitive sentiments, and love are all attributes associated with Yoga's higher path. 

The practical component of Yoga is concerned with Kriyas or Pratcriyas, which are practices and procedures that deal with the "man within," the conscious mind, governing and regulating the body, emotions, and lower mind. 

Yoga is sometimes referred to as "mind over matter" because of its control. 

To achieve "four-fold awareness," the conscious mind must be employed. 

  • The third and fourth phases of the Asthanga, or Raja Yoga, are Asana and Pranayama

These activities help people become more conscious of their bodies, their functions, and their roles in personal development. 

The result is vigorous well health as a side effect. 

The Bahiranga, or outside limbs of Yoga practice, are represented by the four phases of Yama, Niyama, Asana, and Pranayama. 

These outer limbs serve as a solid basis for the higher practices, such as Antaranga or Samyarna. 

  • Otherwise, one's existence is founded on the changing sands of bad health, emotional and mental uncertainty, which are so frequently the spiritual aspirant's demise. 
  • Pratyahara, Dharana, Dhyana, and Samadhi are the Antaranga or Samyarna stages of Yoga. 

Each one develops a distinct kind of spiritual awareness. Some people refer to these stages as "above the brow" yoga exercises, and they prefer to focus only on them, believing that they constitute the core of Raja Yoga. 

"On the authority of our Spiritual forefathers and Ancestors, I declare that there can be no Raja Yoga without Hatha Yoga."

In this scenario, Raja Yoga refers to the upper Antaranga, whereas Hatha Yoga refers to the Bahiranga's basis. 

  • Sensory control, which culminates in the withdrawal of the senses from the object of their attachment, is known as pratyahara. 

In fact, most people become aware of how their senses have "misused" their bodies. 

  • Kriyas in many forms gradually pull the senses away from the world to which they are naturally drawn. 
  • By nonviolently restraining the senses, the Yogi may direct his mental focus to the Antarakarana, the inner faculty of mind activity, and acquire Dharana, or concentration. 
  • This level is about being aware of how the mind can govern emotions and perceptions while also transcending into a higher mental state. 

"Yoga Chitta Vritti Nirodha: Yoga starts with the limitation of the subconscious mind's activity," Patanjali correctly said. 

Until one becomes aware of the lower mind's disloyal activities, he is subject to its whims and irrational behavior. 

  • What seems to be a method of "pulling oneself up by one's own boot straps" is instead an instance of "mind elevating mind." 

"The Self is employed to raise the self," Sri Krishna says in the Srimad Bhagavad Gita

  • Dhyana, or meditation, is the practice of achieving free-flow concentration. 
  • Meditation is not the same as "thinking," as many people believe. 

Cosmic Consciousness or Universal Awareness is what Samadhi is. 

It, like other parts of existence, has various features and phases, ranging from the sudden and brief to the natural and limitless. 

  • Sabikalpa Samadhi refers to the early stages, whereas Nirbikalpa Satnadhi refers to the latter or deeper stages. 

Thus a Jivan Mukhta, a free-soul, or a realized one, is the being experiencing this condition. 

Kiran Atma




Breathing can seem to be easy and uncomplicated at first, but when you practice pranayama techniques, you may see how dynamic it can be. You'll be able to further monitor your success once you grasp the importance of each of the four facets of pranayama.

  1. Pooraka (Inhalation) – Using the breath to draw oxygen and prana into the body. You will increase the brahmana (energizing) effect by lengthening the inhalation, thus stabilizing low-energy imbalances (sluggishness, depression, apathy).
  2. Rechaka (Exhalation) – Using the breath to expel oxygen and chemicals from the body. The exhalation triggers a langhana (calming) response that is linked to your parasympathetic nervous system. You will stabilize frenetic and restless energetic imbalances by lengthening it (anxiety, overstimulation, manic stress).
  3. Antaranga Kumbhaka (Retention after Inhalation) – As you hold your breath after inhaling, the brahmana (energizing) reaction is stimulated. You'll be able to keep it for longer stretches of time with practice, but continue to respect the body's boundaries in each practice.
  4. Bahiranga Kumbhaka (Suspension after Exhalation) – When you catch your breath after exhaling, the langhana (calming) effect is stimulated. Since your body naturally craves more breath, this part of the breath is said to be the most difficult to master.

You'll be able to learn this part without becoming anxious with practice.

Many pranayama strategies aim to achieve kumbhaka (breath retention), and you can work carefully and methodically toward this end. You would be able to perform kumbhaka without activating the stress response in this manner. If you hold your breath for too long or when you're not ready, you'll get nervous, which will negate the pranayama's intended outcome.



“Breath is the link between life and mind, the link between the body and your thoughts.”

—Thich Nhat Hanh (Thich Nhat Hanh)


Breathing is the filling and emptying of the lungs anatomically, but the exact results on your work will depend on which muscles participate, which organs turn, and which nerves are activated during the breath. Some breathing techniques, particularly when performed unconsciously (not pranayama), can cause health problems or anxiety. Some methods are more energizing and psychologically calming. As we'll see, you can even breathe to various areas of the lungs to have different results.

Breathing from the diaphragm

The diaphragmatic breath, also known as belly breathing, is the softening of the muscles around your abdomen, causing the breath to calm the area of your body. When the mind and body are calm, this kind of breathing may be performed in a formal pranayama exercise or as a natural method of breathing.

This is a great place to learn breathing no matter where you are.

To begin, be mindful of the area between your rib cage and your pelvis. In this region of the body, we often constrict and retain strong muscles. Allow them to relax so that the belly can stretch forward without resistance on inhalation. The exhalation is just a quick breath relaxation with a gentle contraction of the navel against the neck. This breathing style requires little effort apart from deliberately calming the belly. Later, we can go through a more detailed method of performing diaphragmatic breathing.

You may find yourself instinctively breathing in this manner with practice and as your nervous system becomes more controlled.

Reduced stress and anxiety, a more concentrated mind, insomnia relief, a slower heart rate, and increased digestion are all advantages of diaphragmatic breathing.

Thoracic Breathing 

The air stretches into the rib cage and chest to compensate as the diaphragm does not descend into the belly as you inhale. Breathing in this manner has both advantages and disadvantages.

This type of breathing, when performed purposefully and with a pranayama technique, will boost stamina and stimulate the nervous system. When performed unconsciously, the breathing capability decreases, and shallow breathing may have long-term negative health consequences, especially in the case of cardiovascular disorders such as sleep apnea. This is why you do not want this breathing habit to become your normal.

Become mindful of the diaphragm to perform thoracic breathing. Instead of pulling the diaphragm downward when you inhale deeply, keep it still to encourage the filling of the lungs to extend through the ribs, causing the rib cage to expand upward and laterally. Enable the diaphragm to relax and the rib cage to contract when you exhale. Later, we can go into how to use thoracic breathing in particular pranayama techniques.

Clavicular Breathing 

When you inhale and neither your belly button nor your rib cage stretches, the air rises into your collarbones (clavicles), resulting in the shallowest form of breathing. You don't want to focus on clavicular ventilation as the only method of breathing, even if it is a part of a complete and deep breath. We put stress on the body, particularly the heart and brain, when we breathe in a consistent and shallow manner unconsciously, as I said with thoracic breathing. We get exhausted and emotionally exhausted as less oxygen is consumed. When it's appropriate to use this method of breathing, we'll revert to basic pranayama methods.

Breathing in an Odd Way

Another breathing rhythm that occurs unintentionally and may have detrimental long-term effects on the general well-being is paradoxical breathing. When you inhale, the diaphragm draws inward, and the chest expands instead of rising as you inhale. Trauma or damage to the chest wall, diaphragm nerve disturbance, and sluggish respiratory muscles are also causing for this. Shortness of breath, hypersomnia, fatigue, low sleep quality, abnormally fast breathing, and decreased physical activity are all signs that you may be breathing unconsciously in this manner.

The positive news is that regular pranayama practice will help correct this unhealthy breathing habit and mitigate the detrimental consequences it has already created. If you experience any long-term detrimental consequences from paradoxical breathing, please contact the doctor.