On Pranayama, Bandha and Drishti
Sri K Pattabhi Jois Public Talks on Ashtanga Yoga - France 1991
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Question: Yann is asking if you are teaching pranayama.

Answer: According Ashtanga Yoga method, pranayama teaching somedifficult. Difficult means that primary postures and intermediatepostures, asanas are perfect, after advanced postures a sectionperfect. After I will take it teaching pranayama.

Why? Many nervoussystem inside. Many nervous system. They all you take pranayama.  (Thebody is filled with thousands of minute energy channels - pranayamamoves prana through all these channels) Youtaken pranayama means inhalation, exhalation is controlling. Inhalecontrol, exhale control. They all is coming that time, nervous systemdifferent is coming. Breathing is all the nervous system is reaching.That time you anyone part is not easy (during pranayama the energymoves through the entire system, if there is any part where the energyis blocked), there that place bloodcirculation stopping completely. After body dangers.

That is why shastra also is telling: Tasmin Sati asana siddhi sati
You do pranayama. Not (for) siddhi, don’t do. Pranayama. (do notpractice pranayama for the purpose of gaining powers) You canunderstand. Same sutra also is telling. Shastra. Shastra is veryimportant. That is why first your body you take control. Now is notyour body your control, is not coming (your body is not under yourcontrol). You can understand.

One, paschimottanasana you do, then I pushing. Oh! Pain. Your body isnot controlled, is not coming in your control. You first you take yourbody control, second nervous system automatically is coming. Third takepranayama. Your mind control is coming. Body control, nervous control,mind control. That is 3 very important. Anamaya and second pranamaya -five covers (sheaths) whole body. You know five covers?

Annamaya – food body (physical)
Pranamaya – prana body (energetic)
Manomaya – mental body
Vijnanamaya – wisdom body
Anandamaya – body of bliss

One cover, first cover, Anamaya, your looking body. This body Anamaya.You are eating, it is growing. Food eating, (it) is growing - that isall.Second (body) - Pranamaya. First you take your control (of physicalbody), after pranamaya. That isafter is controlled your breathing system. Now you doing time (now,when you practice), not onelevel is coming. Inhalation, exhalation is not coming one level (breathis not even - inhalation is not the same as exhalation), youfirst take one level. One level means your body control, afterbreathing control. You take after your breathing control. Withbreathing control automatically is coming your mind control:
cale vatam cale cittam.

Vata means air, breathing. Breathing control is very difficult. You canunderstand. Breathing control not easy. Taken all more practice,practice. That after you take control. Your mind automatically iscontrolled is coming. Breathing is always is coming going, cominggoing; your mind is also coming going. That is method. Yes!

Question: (something about use of badhas and dristi)

Answer: with all yes, without no use, you can. Asanas you take practicewith including bandhas and postures, breathing, looking. All including.Not without. That is not separate. All including - without including - nouse. At teaching time you tell same! You self practice time, youfollow, you can understand. Teaching time you look. Some position youtake. Breathing same you look. 5 times, or 10 or 8 anyone you takebreathing you teach. After self-practice long time you take. That ismethod you practice. One by one, one by one. Long time you take practice. That is method. Yoga practice method.

End of interview Thursday


Question: Is there a specific method to control Mulhabandha? Is itpossible to do Mulabandha with breathing in and release with breathingout, so that he will slowly control?

Answer: Mulabandha complete exhale, exhale, exhale, exhale, completeexhale you take mulabandha. That time it is coming. You can takepractice. All the asanas, Paschimottanasana, Ardha baddha padmaPaschimottanasana, all the primary postures, all you take Mulabandha,easy the asanas (with mulabandha asanas are easy). Is not without mulabandha very difficult. This is whyexhale, exhale, exhale, control mulabandha.

Rechaka means exhalation. Complete exhale, exhale, exhale, exhale, exhale, after take mulabandha.

You complete exhale, take mulabandha, after inhale starting that timeyou take uddiyana bandha. Both bandhas is very important. Don’t leaveit all finishing asanas (do not release bandhas during finishingpostures) - after don’t leave it (after practice do not release them).After you can takebandha - bandha take it up, leave it, that is all. You take practice,always, walking, talking, sleeping, walk is going time, always youcontrol Mulabandha. You take practice.

Some take long time. In onemonth, 2 months, one year, 2 years is not coming. Very difficultmulabandha. That is why this mulabandha you take long time practice,practice, practice. Take your mind there. Take practice, after little iscoming. That is yoga method. Yoga technique. You want take it yogapractitioner (you want to be yoga practitioner) - then always you mulabandha you take. (When) Mulabandha iscomplete, your mind control is coming. Without mulabandha is not comingmind control, is difficult. That is real.
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