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    [ Excerpt from The Science of Yoga, page 414 ]

    The jnana yoga kriya associated with establishing basic polarity of the body, regulating the electrical flow of the nervous system, and the ionization at the cellular level is the loma-viloma kriya (basic polarity breath). This practice is also referred to as anu-loma-viloma pranayama, and has some variations.


    • Lie in shava asana with your head toward the north.
    • Begin with a few rounds of deep, slow savitri pranayama (in the 8:4:8:4 rhythm).
    • When you have established firm control over the breath, imagine that a current of warm, golden prana is moving through the body from above the top of the head to below the soles of the feet during the inhalation.
    • On the outgoing breath, feel a cool, silvery flow of apana entering through the soles of the feet and moving upwards through the body and out the top of the head.
    • Continue to breathe fully and deeply in the savitri rhythm while performing this visualization until deep relaxation develops (this should take about 6 to 10 minutes or more).
    Note: After some practice with this powerful polarity breath, you may begin to further visualize these pranic and apanic flows at the deeper cellular level -- as waves of energy washing through the cells, energizing, refreshing and balancing all of the biological functions.


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