Updated: May 5
‘Hathayoga Pradipika’, by Swami Svatmarama in Chapter II describes-
||Cale vaate calam cittam niscale niscalam bhavet||
The shloka narrates the significance of one of the subtle aspects of the human body, the breath (even subtle being as prana). The meaning of the shloka goes as- “So long as breathing goes on the mind remains unsteady; when (it) stops, (the mind) becomes still and the Yogi/practitioner attains complete motionlessness. Hence, one should restrain one’s breath.” Ancient yogis had long ago discovered the power of breath control and its relation to the human mind. In fact, they have attributed the cause of the disease to disproportionate/ uneven breath. Therefore, arresting (read slowing down) the medium of the vital force is one of the foremost steps to start treating a disease. A reason why India’s most premium yoga institute, has invented the ‘Slow Breathing Technique’ module for treating patients of lifestyle induced disease and disorders. SBT is a mix of different ways of breathing and chanting, and brings substantial relief to patients in a matter of 30 minutes!
The SBT comprises of:
1 AUM chanting
2 Bhramari Pranayama
3 Slow and deep inhalation and exhalation
4 Simple Anulom Vilom
Of course, all the above techniques, which are a boon for patients with psychosomatic disorders, have their time and method to perform in a manner prescribed by the yogic texts. In some patients, SBT needs customization.