Celibacy/Abstinence/Query on Pranayama



I was seeking a few clarifications.

1. Why should the Pranayama practice be of 6 cycles? What are the effects if more or less than 6 cycles are practised?

2. What is the significance of 8, 16, 24, 32 (multiples of 8) seconds of holding the breath during Pranayama?


1. The prescribed Pranayama is a general approach, which applies to a wide range of people with different bodily, mental and karmic constitutions.

2. Even numbers represent symmetry and form the basis of all that is created (manifest). There is always a reaction to any action in nature, these being within the realm of duality. The body and mind, being a part of the manifest, also come within this purview of duality. Hence it follows that the procedure of Pranayama uses even numbers.

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