I practice yoga, and I just read the book by Charles Haanel. Sounds pretty amazing. Any words of wisdom regarding these practices?

I guess I'm a bit skeptical. I've read quite a few books about yoga, and a lot of the information presented in The Amazing Secrets of the Yogi by Haanel is unique to me. One question I have is about the power of the left and the right nostril. I knew that alternate nostril breathing balanced the human being, but not to the extent outlined in Haanel's book. Is the conscious balance of ida and pingala the universal key to a disease free, long, abundant life?

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Brian, if you are going to try this please read this. Playing with your breathing is one thing that Yoga and every Yogi have warned about. If you are going to experiment, educate yourself from a good knowledge source. It shifts energies in your body in a way that is not to be played with. Just modifying your breathing alone causes weird changes that are not to be experimented with. I am talking about varying the length of your in-breath and your out-breath. Yoga was developed form Centuries of accumulated knowledge about the self. It's not something you just run into for fun.

(26 Feb '10, 06:37) The Traveller

Breath modification is a stage of Yoga that is only introduced at advanced stages because your body has to be prepared for it. Not just physically, but also from an energy or the free flow of energy point of view. Go back to the basics with something like The Complete Illustrated Book of Yoga by Swami Vishnu Devananda and see where you are at. He is responsible for bringing yoga over to the west. All the fancy yoga that exist in the west today has more to do with making money than passing on knowledge.

(26 Feb '10, 06:54) The Traveller

Here is the Wikipedia link about this book. It is still available in any major bookstore. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Complete_Illustrated_Book_of_Yoga

(26 Feb '10, 07:06) The Traveller
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Dear Brian,

Not sure if you are still reading this thread, but the alternate breathing discussed by Haanel is called Pranayama (one type of it anyway). In past centuries it was considered a very important part of yoga, but now 99% of yoga practitioners concentrate solely on the Asanas (postures).

You may find more of the answers that you seek in the works of Swami Sivananda. Particularly "The Science of Pranayama," "How to Live 100 Years," and "Spiritual Experiences." He wrote many more as well.

There are also some books by Swami Gupta, a little more difficult to find, which include pranayama exercises intended for, and explained in a manner for, the beginner.

As others have said, pranayama is best learnt under the supervision of a competent instructor. These are few and far between here in America, but they do exist. With a little diligent internet searching (and willingness to travel), you can find them. There are at least a handful of instructors that I know of from Sivananda's lineage teaching Pranayama across the U.S..

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Brian, your question may need some clarification. Because it's hard to decide what angle you took in asking the question.

Is it about a particular yogi?

Is it about how the practice of yoga and the principles of inner development as taught by Charles Haanel can be combined?

Yoga also emphasized the understanding of Consciousness and how one uses their conscious attention on the intended outcome of a particular exercise while doing the exercise, almost like a Physical Meditation.

There are many directions to take from your question, once your implied intent is clarified a little bit more.

It is however, an excellent question to ask, because many can relate to it.

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answered 25 Feb '10, 19:57

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Thanks for your response Traveller. I guess I'm a bit skeptical. I've read quite a few books about yoga, and alot of the information presented in The Amazing Secrets of the Yogi by Haanel is unique to me. One question I have is about the power of the left and the right nostril. I knew that alternate nostril breathing balanced the human being, but not to the extent outlined in Haanel's book. Is the conscious balance of ida and pingala the universal key to a disease free, long, abundant life?

(25 Feb '10, 21:28) Brian
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Thank You Brian for your clarification. I have only a surface knowledge of yoga, although I do yoga regularly. Both my parents did yoga everyday, so I grew up with it being a normal thing to do to stay healthy. My father at 16 was given 6 months to live due to a hole in the heart. He lived until one day before his 70th birthday, mostly due to yoga. My mother was diagnosed with water in the knees and was told that she would need medical attention for the rest of her life. That’s when she started yoga, and has been free of disease ever since. She is in her 70's now.

(25 Feb '10, 22:21) The Traveller
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In spite of other's success, your own skepticism will be the ultimate control valve in the measure of success you will experience. If you go into it with the absolute confidence that yoga will give you perfect health, you many end up with 50-70% success. The rest you can blame on God.

(25 Feb '10, 22:26) The Traveller

I hear ya. What's interesting though is that prior to receiving the book I was inspired to practice alternate nostril breathing. I know it's powerful I just didn't know how powerful till I read Haanel's book.

(25 Feb '10, 22:37) Brian
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I haven't read the book but I did read somewhere that alternate nostril breathing helps synchronize both hemispheres of the brain.

(25 Feb '10, 23:18) Michaela
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Yes it does it is a practice in Astara called Lama Yoga.

(26 Feb '10, 06:21) Wade Casaldi
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Yes I have to agree with The Traveller, as you stated you read "the book" by Charles Haanel.

Now unless some here read your mind we know not what book you are talking about, which Charles Haanel book?

There have been many Yogis through history although they are rare to find, Jesus is considered a true Yogi by the Hindus he fits every description of what a true Yogi is and every match of every kind of yogi even, there have been many Yogis and most fit one maybe two yogis Jesus fit everyone of them.

So which Yogi are you talking about?

http://www.hinduism.co.za/jesus.htm#Was%20Christ%20a%20Yogi?

Jnana Yogi, Raja Yogi, Bhakti (devotion) Yogi, Karma Yogi

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answered 25 Feb '10, 20:26

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The book he is talking about is "The Amazing secrets of the Yogi" by Charles Haanel.

(25 Feb '10, 23:16) Michaela

Thank you Michaela for clearing that up, I'll look for that book. :-)

(26 Feb '10, 06:18) Wade Casaldi

Thanks for the link Wade

(17 Mar '12, 05:38) Brian
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you know what i think meditation is a natural process to master yourself on every level do you need technique to know yourself? apart from sitting straigh focus on one spot and keep awareness! it comes with practice like annything else that you need to master!

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Practice, practice, practice. Thank You

(17 Mar '12, 05:39) Brian
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