|[ Excerpt from The Science of Yoga, page vi ]
In yoga we use the term loma-viloma to describe the flow of positive and negative energy.
Loma-viloma represents the play of energy from anode to cathode, or from the negative pole to the positive. There are several types of energy in play here -- namely the pancha prana vayus (5 major vital airs) and the upa-prana vayus (5 minor vital airs) -- which we needn't be too concerned with dissecting at this point. Suffice to say that we are affecting a variety of subtle energy flows within the being.
Following this introduction, you will be introduced to some specific practices for harmonizing these energies, including some powerful polarity pranayamas.
In this section in particular, you will be introduced to a series of asanas and kriyas, referred to as the loma-viloma polarity prakriyas, (prakriya refers to a "method" or "technique") which function to harmonize and re-balance the ida and pingala flows of energy, the two major channels along the spinal column.
Though on the surface, as with many of our previous practices, these movements may seem to be simplistic, do not be fooled. When practiced in the precise methodology presented, with deft attention, you will be engaging in a powerful energy-harmonizing practices that no heart-pumping, sweating and straining exercises could match.
Nara (psychic dissociation) is combated most effectively with this group of practices and the student who engages them with regularity and keen awareness will notice a balance and harmony returning to their life on levels far beyond the physical body...
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