Pranamaya and Spiritual Growth – Part I



Does that mean Pranayam should not be practiced until one has properly followed Nadishodhana? How strictly should one follow this rule ? Are there any side effects of Pranayam if it hasn’t followed Nadishodhana practice?

- J S

Beloved JS,


Strictly Pranayama is to be done after completing Nadi-Shodhana if one wishes to ensure spiritual growth and avoid many physical, mental side effects.

The most important point to be noted is that before Pranayama, Sadhaka (practicioner) should cleanse his body, its internal organs and also its energy channels (Nadis). The point to be noted is that this cleansing (Shuddhi) has not been limited to only body rather well within its intricate systems of Nadis. Nadis are in fact energy carriers inside our energy body in Pranamaya Kosha and there is mention of 72,000 nadis in various Vedic texts. These Nadis are to be purified, cleansed before indulging in Pranayama. High energy is needed for spiritual awakening and during pranayama when high amount of energy is released and your nadi system is not capable of supporting it may damage your system permanently.

Do I have any basis in making this statement? Yes, very much. Please read the below shloka (verse number 53) from Trishikhbraahmnopanishada.

Yamaishch Niyamaishchaiv Aasanaishch susanyatah|

NaadiShuddhim cha Kritvaadou Pranayamam samacharet||

It clearly warns the Sadhaka that after having perfected Yama, Niyama and Asana one must purify one’s Naadis. Thereafter Pranayama has to be practised.

There is clear mention of many known and known physical ailments which are caused if Nadi System is not cleansed and strengthened before practice of pranayama. Consider following shloka –

Hikka kaasastathashwaasha Shirah karnaakshi Vedanah
Bhavanti vividha rogaah pawanavyatya yakramaat
- Samved, Yogchoodamani upnishad, 117 

Hiccups, Coughing, Asthma, Diseases and pain in Head, Ear and Eyes.. and many other unknown diseases happen when pranavaayu (air) is angered. Head or brain is the king of our physical body and Yogic literature is warning clearly the extent of dangers by pranayamas done without preparations. Such endeavour may create havoc to our head, eyes and ears. I have personally come across thousands of people suffering from tinnitus (continuous ringing or drumming sound in ears) and upon inquiring they confessed of having done some of other pranayama involving high-breathing rate.

When we want to follow our ancient Masters by following Yoga or Pranayama we must follow their instructions in totality.

Blessings from Masters..

– Agyaatdarshan Anand Nath

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