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GMM promotes yoga to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee Year 

Ghantali Mitra Mandal (GMM), Member Institute of Indian Yoga Association has entered the Diamond Jubilee Year of its foundation. All at GMM are giving relentless and selfless service to society to make Yoga maximum applicable. On the eve of new year, a grand function of…

RV Institute of Management curates a certification course for senior citizens 

In a groundbreaking move, the RV Institute of Management (RVIM), Associate Centre of Indian Yoga Association has curated a month-long certification course tailored specifically for senior citizens, focusing on the Common Yoga Protocol. This innovative course is designed to cater to the unique health and…

SRD Girls Degree College organises Workshop 

SRD Girls Degree College, Hathras, Uttar Pradesh conducts 7days yoga workshop for the post graduate students in association with Indian Yoga Association (IYA). Yogacharya Sumit Kumar Singh, Member, Uttar Pradesh State Chapter, IYA was instrumental in organising the workshop.

Yog Sports Association of Bengal hosts awarness programme 

Yog Sports Association of Bengal, Associate Centre of Indian Yoga Association organises yoga awarness programme in the remote villages of West Bengal in Megha Yoga Club & Vyamagar in association with Indian Yoga Association. The awareness programs were also conducted in Darjeeling & Coochbehar for…

Jharkhand SCC conducts the 89th day celebration of Yoga Mahotsav 

On the 89th day of the ‘100 Days Countdown Yoga Mahotsav of International Yoga Day 2024,” an event sponsored by the Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga (MDNIY), New Delhi, under the Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India, took place in two sessions at Dani…

Anjali Acupressure Therapy and Yoga Center celebrates Holi 

The Anjali Acupressure Therapy and Yoga Center, Associate Centre of Indian Yoga Association, recently marked the occasion of Holi Milan at Nehru Bal Udyan with vibrant celebrations. Participants joyously engaged in the festivities, adorning each other with flower petals and applying colorful gulal tilak. Amidst…

TNSCC and GTN Arts College organises International Conference 

Tamil Nadu State Chapter of Indian Yoga Association and GTN Arts College (Autonomous), Dindigul jointly held a 2-day International Conference on Physical Education and Yoga recently. The inauguration was presided over by Dr P Balagurusamy, Principal of GTN Arts College. Dr. R. Durai, Director, GTN…

NIRAMAYA offers free training 

NIRAMAYA, Associate Centre of Indian Yoga Association continues to promote yoga and the motto of the Association to uplift the rural sector of the society. Under the rural project Yog-Chetana and Yogabhishek, NIRAMAYA is offering free yoga training to the students. In March, 2024 about…

Yoga & Happiness organises felicitation ceremony 

Yoga & Happiness, Associate Centre of Indian Yoga Association on March 24, 2024, hosted a memorable convocation and certificate distribution ceremony, honoring over 150 candidates who successfully completed their training and received prestigious certificates from both the Yoga Certification Board (YCB) and IYA. The event…

Flax Sesame Crackers 

Flax Sesame Crackers are a healthy light wheat cracker with good quantity of sesame seeds and flax seeds. Oats used in the dish are rich in antioxidants, lowers cholesterol, improves blood sugar. Flax seeds are a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids reduces inflammation and…



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26 May 2024

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Perception of Rhythmic Breath 

by Shri K. C. Jain, Treasurer, IYA & Managing Trustee, Akhil Bharatiya Anuvrat Nyas

Breath is our life force, breath is life itself. It has been reiterated many a time that the speed and rhythm of breath serve as a barometer, a thermometer of our physical, emotional, and mental health. If there is even the slightest change in these aspects of our health, the speed and rhythm of our breath will also alter accordingly. However, the role and significance of our breath goes much further than this. On the one side, our breath progresses at its normal speed and alters its speed and rhythm in accordance with our physical, mental or emotional state. Conversely, on the other, through our will power we can bring about a change in the speed and rhythm of our breath to make ourselves healthy and also gain control over our life force and vital energy. As the speed and rhythm of our breath stabilize, so will stabilize our life force, or vital energy and our health will improve.

Samtaal Shwaas Preksha or the Perception of Rhythmic Breath is a distinct discipline of Preksha Meditation. In this, the breath is inhaled (poorak), held (kumbhak), and exhaled (rechan) in specific proportions. That is, the time period for the inhalation and exhalation must be proportionate. Beginners of the practice may determine this time depending on their individual capabilities, beginning with 4 to 5 seconds for each action. For example, if one inhales for about 5 seconds, then the breath must also be held for 5 seconds, and the exhalation must also be of 5 seconds in duration. In the initial days, this requires some practice, and gradually, one can do this automatically or without need of stimulus. It must however be kept in mind that the entire process must be carried out at an extremely subtle level, and rhythmically, and not with great force. Only then can the practice achieve its true objective.

As our practice of Perception of Rhythmic Breath becomes stronger over time, we will be able to gradually enter the deeper levels of meditation by observing our breath and regulating its speed and rhythm. In actuality, this practice is not one of regulating the speed and rhythm of the breath alone. Its direct result is the regulation of the mind and thoughts, and the initiation into the deeper levels of meditation. Because the speed of our thoughts and the activity of our mind has a direct correlation with the speed and rhythm of our breath, therefore, when we begin to regulate our breath, automatically our thoughts and mind also begin to be regulated and we enter into the deeper levels of meditation.

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Samtaal Shvaas Preksha or Perception of Rhythmic Breath is thus a distinct discipline of Preksha Meditation which is an effective means for achieving holistic health and for our introduction to the deeper levels of meditation.

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