Celibacy/Abstinence/On Nadi Shodhana

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I want to know the adavantages of Nadi shoodhi with breath retention over without breath retention. I get distracted while doing breath retention and takes much more time though i don't have any other problem. Just curious to know.

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1. There is no breath retention in 'Nadi Shodhana' but just slow inhalation and exhalation through the alternate nostrils.

2. Breath retention arises in 'Pranayama'.

The purpose of both is to purify the body/mind and prepare the mind to merge into the self. Perform the complete process as described in past answers without omission. Mental distraction will eventually subside by itself.

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Questions concerning the practice of 'Brahmacharya' to know the self, & the means required are dealt with here.

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The term 'Yoga' is a derivative of the Samskruth verb 'Yuj' which refers to union. 'Yoga', also called 'Brahma vidy‚' is the eternal dissolution of the individual 'Aham' (Ego) into the Atman (self) for 'Mukti' (liberation). Mere indulgence in '¬sana' or physical postures is not Yoga. ¬sana is only one limb or 'Anga' of Yoga. The eight limbs viz. Yama, Niyama, ¬sana, Pr‚n‚y‚ma, Praty‚h‚ra, Dh‚rana, Dhy‚na and Sam‚dhi are the means to Yoga. Brahmacharya or spiritually based continence is one of the important components of 'Yama'. 'Brahmacharya':- "Brahmani charyathey ithi" - "To surrender one's Ego and go with the will of the Almighty."

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