Pranayama: Order of Practice
A guide for teachers leading pranayama practice.
A good order for building up pranayama practice is as follows…
In building your practice viloma begins with an in breathm and ujjayi with extended out.
Rechaka and Puraka in Ujjayi
Ujjayi deep in/ ext out
Ext in/deep out
Ext in and out
Viloma (ujjayi base)
Viloma in deep out
Deep in/viloma out
Viloma in and out
Ujjayi, as above
Then with retention (after in breath sahita antara kumbhaka/deliberate internal retention, then after the out breath sahita bahya kumhaka, deliberate external retention)
Then retention with bandhas after just in then just out then after both together (mula/root on the sahita antara kumbhaka and ujjayi/flying up on the sahita bahya kumbhaka)
Viloma then with retention, as above
Anuloma all stages, including those practised with Viloma in order
Pratiloma as above
Bhramari is suitable at most places and for most levels. It is particularly good at the end of a session and particularly seated in Sanmukhi mudra.
Check points if headaches or irritability are occurring…
Running before walking, too advanced too soon?
Lying down retention?