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Super Brain by Deepak Chopra, MD & Rudy Tanzi, MD (Hardcover)

Super Brain by Deepak Chopra, MD & Rudy Tanzi, MD (Hardcover)
Learn about Deepak Chopra and the Chopra Center's Super Brain dietary supplement - Ayurvedic Brain Support NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Super Brain by Deepak Chopra, MD & Rudy...

Ten Poems to Change Your Life

Ten Poems to Change Your Life
ABOUT THE BOOK: This is a dangerous book. Great poetry calls into question not less than everything. It dares us to break free from the safe strategies of the cautious mind. It opens us to pain...

Joyful Wisdom

Joyful Wisdom
ABOUT THEBOOK: Yongey Mingyur is one of the most celebrated among the new generation of Tibetan meditation masters, whose teachings have touched people of all faiths around the world. His first...

Soul of Leadership (Hardcover)

Soul of Leadership (Hardcover)
ABOUT THIS BOOK Leadership is the most crucial choice one can make—it is the decision to step out of darkness into the light.      Bestselling author and spiritual guide Deepak Chopra invites...

Brotherhood - by Deepak & Sanjiv Chopra (Hardcover)

Brotherhood - by Deepak & Sanjiv Chopra (Hardcover)
BROTHERHOOD Dharma, Destiny, and the American Dream DEEPAK & SANJIV CHOPRA   “BROTHERHOOD is an uplifting account of sibling affection and success, and of the promise and infinite...

Creating Sacred Space with Feng Shui

Creating Sacred Space with Feng Shui
ABOUT THE BOOK: Feng Shui is the ancient oriental art of enhancing and harmonizing the flow of energy in your surroundings.  Over the last twenty years, Karen Kingston has pioneered the study...

GOD: A Story of Revelation (Hardcover)

GOD: A Story of Revelation (Hardcover)
“God is an empty term except through the revelations of all the saints, prophets, and mystics of history. They exist to plant the seeds of spirituality as a direct experience rather than a...

Book Of Secrets

Book Of Secrets
2005 Nautilus Book Award Grand Prize Winner! New York Times Best Seller! Every life is a book of secrets, ready to be opened. The secret of perfect love is found there, along with the secrets...

NEW Spiritual Solutions by Deepak Chopra(Hardcover)

NEW Spiritual Solutions by Deepak Chopra(Hardcover)
Spiritual Solutions: Answers to Life's Greatest Challenges ( AUDIOBOOK Available )  "Great advice directly from the master on virtually any subject, it just doesn't get any better...

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May 17 2012

Pranayama

Category:  Ask Deepak

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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  • Hi Deepak, I 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? With love and Respect Pauline McNab

    Pauline McNab // 2012-05-17 20:13:26 // //
  • NEVER BEEN WITH ILLEGASL DRUGS AND NEVER TOOK PHARMA DRUGS .AND I`M TIRED OF DOING NOTHING AND WAITING FOR NOTHING BECAUSE SOMEDY ELSE SHOULD DO THINGS FOR ME , I`M SUPOSED TO BE MAD . IS HELL. SOORY

    Julio Cesar Barreiro // 2012-05-17 19:01:36 // //

 

 

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  • Julio Cesar Barreiro , This, too will pass. I wish for you that you patience and health, until the time that hardship passes.

    Seeker`s // 2012-05-17 22:21:20 // //
  • Hi Deepak, I 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? With love and Respect Pauline McNab

    Pauline McNab // 2012-05-17 20:13:26 // //
  • http://youtu.be/Q6H7cqWGyxc

    Gabriel W. Alazam VII // 2012-05-17 19:42:45 // //
  • pranayama breathing helps me from developing bronchitis- that`s all I know.

    Donni Tompkins // 2012-05-17 19:22:07 // //
  • 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 // 2012-05-17 19:13:45 // //
  • WORK AND LIVE IN ANOTHER PLACE , COUNTRY .

    Julio Cesar Barreiro // 2012-05-17 19:06:58 // //
  • PARANOICS DREAM IMPOSIBLE THINGS NOT ME .

    Julio Cesar Barreiro // 2012-05-17 19:06:20 // //
  • THE RIGHT TO TRAVELL TAKING MY MONEY OUT OF HERE IS WATH I WANT . WERE ? WERE IS POSIBLE .

    Julio Cesar Barreiro // 2012-05-17 19:05:56 // //
  • Thinking to much I do not breath correctly yet when I give myself breathing exercise just before meditation practice I feel the air go to my penal gland and I feel stress literally drop from my soul/body.Still at times I find it difficult to get and keep my breath balanced.I am over weight does thsi play into the pressure around my lungs?

    Caithleen Carter Steeves // 2012-05-17 19:05:39 // //
  • BUT DECLAEATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS FOR PEOPLE WITH MENTALL ILLNESS SAIS THAT THAT PEOPLE SHOULD HAVE IF IS POSIBLE THE SAME RIGHTS OF NORMAL PEOPLE .

    Julio Cesar Barreiro // 2012-05-17 19:05:10 // //
  • BECAUSE SOMEBODY ELSE SHOULD DO THINGS FOR ME . I`M NOT ALLOWDED , IN ARGENTINA , NOT ABROAD .

    Julio Cesar Barreiro // 2012-05-17 19:03:34 // //
  • NEVER BEEN WITH ILLEGASL DRUGS AND NEVER TOOK PHARMA DRUGS .AND I`M TIRED OF DOING NOTHING AND WAITING FOR NOTHING BECAUSE SOMEDY ELSE SHOULD DO THINGS FOR ME , I`M SUPOSED TO BE MAD . IS HELL. SOORY

    Julio Cesar Barreiro // 2012-05-17 19:01:36 // //
  • BEEN A LOT OF TIME WITHOUT THE RIGHT OF WORKING ,OR READING THATS HEALING TOO .AND WITH THE THREATEN REAL OR NOT OF BEEN CARIED TO A MENTAL HOSPITAL .

    Julio Cesar Barreiro // 2012-05-17 18:59:36 // //
  • porque el pranayama se hace con los pulmones

    Nancy Lopez Canarte // 2012-05-17 18:58:05 // //
  • I`M STILL SLEEPING IN STREETS HOMELESS , AND IN A BAD SITUATION . A LOT OF TIMES HAD THIEFES IN MY HOUSE WHEN I LIVED THERE . CANT SELL OR TAKE THE MONEY OF TWO OTHER HOUSES IN THE SEASIDE . UNIQUE SON FATHER AND MOTHER DEAD AND CANT TAKE THAT MONEY .

    Julio Cesar Barreiro // 2012-05-17 18:57:21 // //
  • THANK SO MUCH FOR YOUR ATTENTION DEEPAK .

    Julio Cesar Barreiro // 2012-05-17 18:53:59 // //
  • SORRY i DONT KNOW WHAT PRANAYAMA IS . PRANA ? I SMOKE 3 PACKS OF CIGARETTES A DAY , WHAT PRANA ? I THINK I SHOULD FIRST TRAVELL TO A QUIET SITUATION TRY TO QUIT SMOKING FIND A JOB ,A PLACE IN THE WORLD WERE TO LIVE, JUST LIKE THE OTHERS ,AND THATS ALL .

    Julio Cesar Barreiro // 2012-05-17 18:53:34 // //