Tips for nadi shodhana, anulom viloma & other breath-work/pranayam :- -keep the eyes closed- i believe it’s more effective this way indeed many more meditative practice are.it makes it more powerful.relax, introvert one’s attentions, the mind is free, from distractions and so on incl. external and sensorial.
[B]-[/B]try to relax the pressure at the temples- think eye-balls, what effect this haas on the brow, both brain hemispheres and 3rd-Eye activity, this what i have been learning about more i.e exploring more recently, even Iyengar talks about it and makes reference to it quite a few times in during asana & pranayama
-feel the prana, the effects of prana- the currents moving as friction , obstructions clear & awareness opens, watch the motions of the prana as they are led by the motions of the mind. so the implication is control the mind-make it more one-pointed, clear it of any liingering pre-occupations,impressions, thought waves<------>-(regain,establish,facilitate) control the breath
and it can & does work the other way. but that’s why a simple meditation practice/technique is good- e.g just being still, or watching breath, watching and/or saying
mantra/mental object , wave(s) of conscious/unconscious vibrations.
- if you are so inclined tip the neck forward slighty, this supposedly aids in introspection
-learn and gain betteer grips with the principle and uses of digitally controlled pranayam where yu can fine-tune the relative flow of pran or breath at the nostrils through the combination of partial and complete obstruction of flow at either nostrils. again practice. this helps towards equalisation. if any doubts, instablility or non-predicted come into play the fall back to standard mode without partial obstruction- this digital control & fine-tuning/refinement of pranayam,i.e using the fingers is taken from the pranayam laid out in Iyengar’ s Light on Yoga supposedly.It supposedly brings greater equilibirum and balance but i would introduce it cautiously ,see how you repsond to it at first.Observe effects, then make any apporpriate adjustments. Simply stop if you’re out of breath , condtions are not ideal. I personally lie down in savasana, practice bretahing through both nostrils nice and deep and full, nice & easy first of all, get relaaaxed.make sure you feel so. tune in.
can’t think of any other tips right now.
Regarding ujjayi breath,
you can do that in a relaxed fashion focusing on the resonance as much as the quality and controleled relaxed restiction of breath. think of bhramari or om chanting for that matter.
if the exhale is too long, then well it’s too long and you’re goone gasp for in hair on the next cycle. sometimes after an exhale a little is left in the lungs and also.
check this out. i think it’s a great resource. this is what it has to say and advise about pranayama and it’s use.
You’ve probably seen this site but it’s worth putting out again.
I think it’s worth taking techniques you know and are longer-term familiar with and falling back on them if in any doubt. follow your instincts
as i say i have read in the literature and have experienced a connection between yawning like physiological occcurence/ phenomena and activation of the parasympathietic- that conducive to healing and deeper meditative states & psycho-somatic events.It’s almost lie or akin to the nervous system talking to itself, opening up in dialogue, mind , body. ,going within, allowing,letting etc