Swara Yoga in Yoga Sadhana

Swara Yoga is the science of the union of different vibrations created by sound of one`s own breath.  By becoming aware of the breathing patterns, we can understand the effect it has on our body and mind.  Once this understanding takes place, the breathing pattern can be altered by yoga sadhana to make our life harmonious and balanced. Swara Yoga is about the effect of nasal breathing on our body and mind through right nostril (Pingala Nadi), left nostril (Ida Nadi), both nostrils (Sushumna Nadi). The Nadi can be changed suited for different physical and mental activities by Yoga Danda method, Lying Down method, Arm Pit method and Nadi Shodhana pranayama. The practice of Swara Yoga can be used in daily life to save the vital force of Prana and to utilize it to get optimum benefit.

I attended the one day course on Swara Yoga conducted by Sri Charanashritji of Satyam Yoga Centre; Organised by Director Dhrti Yoga at Dhrti Yoga studio BTM 2nd stage Bangalore held on April 24, 2011. I was one of the 25 participants who attended the course.  I had the privilege to felicitate Sri Charanashritji on behalf of the participants and Dhrti Yoga in the closing ceremony being called upon to stage by Satya madam Director Dhrti Yoga to do the honour. The one day course covered theory and practice of Swara Yoga in Yoga Sadhana.

Dr.Mahesh Chandra Panda, M.B.B.S., M.D.

Yoga Practitioner

Dhrti Yoga BTM 2nd stage Bangalore

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Dr. Mahesh Chandra Panda, M.B.B.S.,M.D. Date of Birth:29.02.1948 Retd. (29.02.2008) Chief District Medical Officer Bargarh Orissa India
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9 Responses to Swara Yoga in Yoga Sadhana

  1. drmcpanda says:

    To know details about Swara Yoga, the readers may visit http://www.swarayoga.org .

  2. Article is nice stimulus for thought.

    Yogic practices are a wide subject ; and relevant and irrelevant portions might exist in many of the procedures.

    Various permutation and combination might have been devised by various practitioners, sometimes just for the sake of expanding practice time or adding something different.

    My physiological knowledge is confined to the oxygenation part of breathing.

    Difference between nostrils would arise in various breathing exercises and increasing vital capacity, cleaning passages, mucous clearance, muscle toning and in cases of DNS, Sinusitis etc.

    Effect of sound on mind and body may be in the form of rhythmic vibrations similar to music.

    Mental concentration efforts in doing these practices may be helping in some ways.

    There must be something beyond what I could think, which is a matter of scientific exploration.

    • Priya says:

      Your view on swara yoga is appreciated.

      All the classical forms of yoga which have been derived from Veda and Agama Shastra,and propogated by great Rishis and Yogis; and their teachings simplified by the great Saints should be practiced.

      There are some forms of yoga which might have been introduced for the sake of something different may be irrelevant in today scenario. A true yoga practitioner can discriminate such irrelevant practice in the name of yoga. But I don’t feel personally the classical yoga such as Hatha Yoga, Raja Yoga, Karma Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Kriya Yoga, Swara Yoga,Mantra Yoga and Nada Yoga are irrelevant. They are timeless knowledge always applicable on human consciousness in any era but one can start from Hatha Yoga and slowly incorporate other forms of yoga in one`s life style.

      Many researches have been done on swara cycle and its effect on psychological changes, brain function coupled with neuro-endocrine functions, which justifies swara yoga practices and effects.


  3. Vinod Varma says:

    This article is quite interesting and enlightening.
    This is the first time that I am getting to know of this yoga.

  4. Satya says:

    Breath is man’s best friend and the essence of yoga lies in breath.One should know about one’s breath intimately and swara yoga sadhana helps us in the same.

    Hari OM

  5. It is my pleasure to inform the readers that they can view the same article Swara Yoga in Yoga Sadhana posted in the websites of Dhrti Yoga and Swara Yoga.

  6. Chandra Kumar Panda says:


    The Yoga Sadhana on “Swara Yoga” is an addition to the Yoga practices which the practitioners are in practices since long e.g. Ramdev baba has taught regarding the different techniques of yoga through breathing system which indeed helps the mankind to a great deal so far the physical system of the human body is concerned.

    The breathing is the central thing of the human body and so long it is going and coming through the respiratory system, man is alive;and when it stops, man is treated as dead.

    The swara yoga might be a technique for proper utilisation of the breathing system.

    Yours Sincerely
    Chandra Kumar Panda

  7. Prakash Padhan says:

    Swara Yoga is a new thing for me.
    I will go through your given website.

    Since my college days I am a practitioner of “Tadit Mantra Swasa Yoga”.
    May be it is similar to swara yoga.

    Thank you for informing about this Yoga.

  8. Hari Om
    Dr.Mahesh Chandra Panda Ji
    You have explained Swara Yoga in brief and any one can relate swara yoga in their life. Thanks for writing and bringing awareness to other sadhakas who have not yet heard about swara yoga.

    Yoga is the ultimate term to achieve the experience of our transcendental nature beyond duality. There are many forms of yoga discovered by the Seers and Sages while leading their life through self discovery, awareness and in tune with nature from thousands of years. They first discovered fire (Agni) which has been explained in the oldest Veda, Rig Veda that was when human buddhi was manifested. They discovered different methods to harmonize different dimensions and expressions of life.

    Through Hatha Yoga we harmonize our body, physiological homeostasis;through Raja Yoga we deal with our mind and overcome patterns of mind or disturbances of mind. By the practice of Bhakti Yoga we balance our emotions and utilize the emotional force for creative and positive expressions. Through Karma Yoga we balance our actions and learn acceptance. Swara yoga is the yogic science to balance our internal and external expressions in tune of energy which controls all above faculty with time the Kala.

    Swara Yoga explains how through breath we can understand cosmic rhythm in relation with our body and mind. The cosmic governing forces the five elements which manifest in different forms in different permutations and combinations. Through the practice of swara yoga one can facilitate favourable action with appropriate favourable energy flowing through the nostrils in the form of breath. Ultimately swara yoga helps us achieve heightened awareness through which we can see the life from Atma to physical body and entire manifestations of Tattwa. Breathing system is the one of the system which has both control voluntary and involuntary and that is why breath is the central focus in all forms of yoga. We can consciously control the breath and enter into unconscious area of our mind and that’s what swara yoga teaches us. Observe the breath and understand the connection it has with our different dimensions of life.

    Shivaswarodaya Sloka 25:
    O lady of beautiful face, all the shastras, puranas, smritis
    and the vedangas are nothing beyond the knowledge of swara.

    Shivaswarodaya Sloka 27:
    The Swarodaya shastra is the best of all scriptures, and
    like a jyoti it is capable of lighting the house of your own spirit.

    Shivaswarodaya Sloka 54:
    Through one-pointed awareness, the yogi becomes alert.
    In this way the yogi is able to know everything by the
    activities of his lunar and solar nadis.

    Pramhamsa Satyananda says:
    “If you can realise the true reality of the breath, you can realise the Atma (Soul)”.

    Yoga is a lifestyle and all different forms of yoga should be practiced with sync. We can practice all form of yoga to balance and expand our awareness in each and every action of our life that is physical, mental, emotional, pranic, psychic and spiritual.

    Swara yoga can help in harmonizing energy which controls our deep psychic nature and Karma. Swara yoga is the practice of Agama Shastra and it can be practiced by any one whatever life they are leading, it can benefit all and one of the easiest yet powerful approach to transform our mind, prana, expressions and behaviour into positive outcomes and in turn brings peace, prosperity, harmony and bliss in one`s life.

    For more scientific connection please visit links below.




    Om Tat Sat
    Sanyasi Charanashrit

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