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Moorcha pranayam



It is also called swooning or fainting breath.

Procedure:
1.    Sit in any comfortable meditative asana, preferably padmasana.
2.    Keep the head and spine straight. Relax the whole body.
3.    Observe the breath until it becomes slow and deep.
4.    Adopt khechari mudra, then, slowly inhale through both nostrils with ujjayi pranayama, while gently ans smoothly bending the head slightly back.
5.    Perform shambhavi mudra.
6.    Keep the arms straight by locking the elbows and pressing the knees with the hands.
7.    Retain the breath inside for a slong as is comfortable, maintaining shambhavi mudra.
8.    Exhale while relaxing the arms.Close the eyes and slowly bring the head back to the upright position.
9.    Relax the whole body for a few seconds, keeping the eyes closed. Experience the lightness and tranquility in the mind and body.
10.    This is one round.

Duration:
Practice until a fainting sensation is felt.

Benefits:
1.    Is an excellent preparatory asana for meditation.
2.    Cuts out the distractions of the outside world
3.    Alleviates tension, anxiety, anger, neuroses and other mental problems raising the level of prana.


Contraindications
1.    Sufferers of heart diseases, high blood pressure, epilepsy, brain disorders, atherosclerosis of the carotid or basilar arteries arteries.
2.    Discontinue the practice as soon as the fainting sensation is felt since the aim is to induce a state of semi fainting, not complete unconsciousness.

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