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Pranayama
Question:

Dear Dr.Chopra I am an eighty-six-year -old man and I have practiced Hatha Yoga as well as meditation since 1960. I have read the Italian version of two of your remarkable works, namely Perfect Health and Quantum Healing. In the former, in dealing with Pranayama you describe it as a breathing exercise to bring balance only. It seems to me that no mention to Prana as Life Force-and that was also the thought of the ancient Indian sages-has been made. My question is why? It is my understanding that Prana must be a form of electromagnetic force made available to living individuals mainly through the detecting and transducing cells that are located in the nose. Thank you. PEACE
Response:

Congratulations on your dedication to your spiritual discipline. That is most impressive. You are right that pranayama is the life-force associated to our breath and that it plays a pivotal role in connecting our mind and body and facilitating the experience of silent awareness. The reason I didn’t elaborate that point in Perfect Health was because I was trying to introduce so many other concepts of Ayurveda to the Western mind for the first time, and wanted to limit the number of new concepts and ideas to what was essential for the main thrust of the book.

Love,
Deepak
 

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Julio Cesar Barreiro ,\n\nThis, too will pass. I wish for you that you patience and health, until the time that hardship passes.
Seeker`s - May 17, 2012
Hi Deepak,\n\nI have been a breathwork teacher for over 30 years and the magnificent capabilities of the breath never cease to amaze me. My breathing practice both with others and using it over prolonged periods(usually an hour each time)has made myself and others extremely conscious beings My breath has brought me everything and more to my life than I could ever wish for so if the breath has done this for me and hundreds (maybe thousands of other people why is the breath or connected breathing not promoted more in the world?\n\nWith love and Respect\nPauline McNab
Pauline McNab - May 17, 2012
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Gabriel W. Alazam VII - May 17, 2012
pranayama breathing helps me from developing bronchitis- that`s all I know.
Donni Tompkins - May 17, 2012
AND MY HOUSE IN BS AS OCUPIED BY THIEFS SINCE ONE YEAR , AND GOT NOTHING TO DO . ANYWAY RETURNING THERE IS NOT VERY NICE BECAUSE THIEFS WERE TRIYNG TO GET IN THERE WITH ME INSIDE A LOT OF TIMES SO.... DONT KNOW.
Julio Cesar Barreiro - May 17, 2012
WORK AND LIVE IN ANOTHER PLACE , COUNTRY .
Julio Cesar Barreiro - May 17, 2012
PARANOICS DREAM IMPOSIBLE THINGS NOT ME .
Julio Cesar Barreiro - May 17, 2012
THE RIGHT TO TRAVELL TAKING MY MONEY OUT OF HERE IS WATH I WANT . WERE ? WERE IS POSIBLE .
Julio Cesar Barreiro - May 17, 2012
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