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general notes
The mind and breath are so intricately linked that they are directly proportional to each other; in the sense that rapid, unsteady breathing results in a restless mind, and calm, controlled breath results in a relaxed mind.
 
surya bhedan
surya bhedan
'Surya' means sun; 'Bhedan' means to pierce.

This technique stimulates the Surya Nadi (sun nerve), or Pingala Nadi, the hot, digestive, destructive, male energy.
 
kapalabhati/bhastrika pranayama
kapalabhati/bhastrika pranayama
Kapalabhati is the first part of the Bhastrika Pranayama; though it can be practised independently.
 
anulom - vilom/nadi shodana pranayama
anulom - vilom/nadi shodana pranayama
This is the first Pranayama that should be practised by a newcomer.

Nadi Shodhana is alternate nostril breathing without retention; Anulom - Vilom is with retention.
 
ujjayi pranayama
ujjayi pranayama
After Anulom Vilom, this technique should be learnt next.

This technique combats the imbalance of phlegm or mucus (the Kapha Dosha) in the throat by producing invigorating heat in that region. It also helps with tonsillitis, weak digestion, the eradication of intestinal worms, neurological tremors, and dropsy.