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Pranayama: Terminology & Foundational Teachings

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  1. What do yogis mean by the word “prana?”
  2. From where is prana extracted?
  3. What is the relationship between prana and breathing practices?
  4. What two roots make up the word, “pranayama” and what do they mean?
  5. Why is it important to distinguish between the root “ayama” vs “yama?”
  6. According to the Yoga Sutra, what are the benefits and uses of pranayama?
  7. What parts of the breath cycle do puraka, rechaka, and kumbhaka refer to? What additional meanings do these Sanskrit words have?
  8. What energy and effects are associated with puraka?
  9. What energy and effects are associated with rechaka?
  10. What energy and effects are associated with and kumbhaka?
  11. What are typical movement pairings for the inhalation?
  12. What are typical movement pairings for the exhalation?

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