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Dear Yoga Mentor, My Question Is…

Sometimes students have written to or asked Swami Veda Bharati, Swami Ritavan Bharati, and other senior teachers in our tradition questions about practice.  This is one such “Question and Answer,” or Q&A.


How many people do Agnisara and Ashwini mudra and 2:1 breathing? And its benefits?


Rajah Indran, Lalita Arya (Ammaji), and Carolyn Hume have answered this question.

From Rajah Indran:

Practicing this has helped me to enjoy a reasonably good health.

From Lalita Arya (Ammaji):

Agnisara practice is well explained by Swami Rama in his book Path of Fire and Light Volume 2. As he tells it, agnisara is not the stomach lift, as most people think and do, but the lower abdomen lift.

Ashwini mudra is the anal lock - a simple practice - and also fully explained in his Science of Breath.

How many people practice these will be difficult to tell. And what people practice should not be our concern. Rather we should try to find a good Master/Teacher of Meditation & Yoga to guide us and concentrate on our own discipline in practice of Yoga asanas.

I compliment students for being curious and wish all the best in their pursuits.

From Carolyn Hume:

SRCindia (Swami Rama Centre) has recently added these videos on YouTube, and you may enjoy watching them:

Editor’s Note:

If you have a question about spiritual practice, you can use the "Contact the Spiritual Committee" link on the Ahymsin website to ask it.

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