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For the first trial research project we chose a complex technique which out of convenience we decided to call with a shorter name of “prana-dharana”.  “Prana-dharana” is especially interesting as it combines the most powerful parts of yoga practice “kriya yoga in Lahiri Mahasaya lineage” which includes techniques described in the 15th century scripture “Hatha Yoga Pradipika” by Swami Swatmarama (chapters 3 and 4)

Karana Krama as part of the practice of hatha yoga has nothing to do with the aesthetics of Indian dance and the practice of martial arts, but the basic movements are borrowed from preparatory techniques of Indian dancers, Kalaripayattu and contemporary Australian teachers of hatha yoga Sandor Remete (Shadow Yoga) and Simon Borg-Olivier (Yoga Synergy)

In 1998 in Moscow during one seminar one yoga teacher, quite famous nowdays, but that time hardly anyone had heard about him, announced on his first class that he was going to teach one “secret Hindu technique, that gets you high as a good grass” but without bad influence on brain cells and liver – “and no addiction!” 

It is known that agrestic plants have more vitality than tame ones, as they have to fight for their life. Their vitality manifests in their healing properties. Many of them are edible, and some grow right under your feet. There is no need for far away quests, as you can find them on any meadow and in any garden, where they dwell as weeds. Among others, these plants are common nettles and plantain.

A physical position does not mean achieving a proper state of mind. Getting into such a position of a body means that there is already a proper state of consciousness, there is no need to achieve any special state of consciousness.

(Shunryu Suzuki, Zen master)

Questions: I.Zhuravlev, M.Baranov, G.Peyu

interview - Galina Peyu

“Prana” is “a primary vital energy” (has Sanskrit root “Ana” meaning “to revive, to vibrate” and prefix “pra” meaning “primary, standing ahead”).

Delicious and nutritious pancakes are what we have known since childhood. But for a yogi, they are not the healthiest kind of food. The batter may sometimes contain too much refined sugar or be fried on non-refined oil absorbing the carcinogenic substances from its scorching. But the three main faults that classic pancakes have are fine flour, thermophilic yeast and eggs. 

David: Masters who were following teachings of Yogananda, Ramana Maharshi, Ramakrishna,Vivekananda and Sri Aurobindo, those times there was a considerable number of such groups. But on a spiritual level I was mainly taught by followers of Sri Aurobindo and Ramana Maharshi. 

Taste reflects the presence of prana in food; insipid food does not give a normal feeling of saturation. Fresh and raw products, not treated by heat, have more saturated taste, but they are harder to digest and consequently are less nutritious.