No one can't help admiring the simplicity of the techniques for practicing the different PRANAYAM (controlled breathing) which His Holiness Swami Ram Dev Ji Maharaj has evolved and has been teaching to the common mass in India. One finds the methods taught by His Holiness Swamiji very simple for any lay person to pick up and follow. It is the simplicity in the technique that is making Pranayam a part of life to' common man. Pranayam were there in Text Books for long time but, no one from the common mass in India did have access to it for the techniques for practicing them were very complex. There were also some words of caution attached to such instructions, as "any deviation from the practicing techniques would cause immense harm to a person". This gave birth to an idea that Pranayam should never be attempted to be practiced individually and should only be practiced in the guidance and vigil of a trained Yoga teacher (Guru). Such rigid rules, complexity in practicing techniques and above all the caution that, any deviation in the practicing techniques would cause immense harm to the person, took Pranayam far away from common mass and was finally lost and buried. No one dared to practice such an art which would cause harm to them if there is even a slightest of deviation in the technique. His Holiness Swamiji has done a tremendous job in breaking this concept of fear in common mass about the harm caused by Pranayam. His Holiness has devised very simple techniques for practicing the Pranayam which are very easily picked up by any common man just by watching the T.V. His Holiness Swami Ji has also assured the common mass that Pranayam can never cause harm to any person attempting to practice individually. His Holiness Swamiji has exhumed the Indian ancestral science of Pranayam from the grave of darkness, fear and monopoly of a few and presented it in its simplest from for the welfare of the mankind.
His Holiness Swamiji has removed the veil of darkness and the mystery of Pranayam is unfolding itself to the common mass in India. People have suffered a lot from various diseases and some had also embraced death although this magic science of Pranayam existed in India confined only to some Text Books in techniques best known to their authors. They ever targeted the welfare of common mass. The Pranayam as taught by His HolinessSwami Ramdevji Maharaj consists of the following eight breathing exercises in sequence.
1. Bhastrika pranayam
2. Kapal Bhati Pranayam
3. Bahaya pranayam
4. Anulom Vilom Pranayam
5. Ujjai Pranayam
6. Bhramri Pranayam
7. Udgeeth Pranayam
8. Pranav Pranayam (Concentration on Breathing)
In addition, His Holiness also advises Agnisaar after Kapal Bhati Pranayam to all particularly those who are incapable of performing Bahaya Pranayam because of several reasons including poor health.
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