Celibacy/Abstinence/Types of Pranayama

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There are said to be two types of pranayama namely hatha and raja yoga varieties. Can you please explain in detail as to what these differences are, and which pranayama is which exactly?

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There is only one Pranayama. It is achieved when there is neither inhalation nor exhalation of breath, but natural suspension. All others are only the means to reach it. That which does not eventually help one reach the above state is not Pranayama.

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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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