Puraka - Inhalation
Inhalation must begin slowly and controlled.
When inhaling listen to the sound. Keep it smooth and harmonious. This will allow air to enter at the same rate throughout the inhalation.
Puraka ("filling in"): inhalation, an aspect of breath control (pranayama) ...
PURAKA - inhaling
PURANAS - the ancient scriptures, mainly written in form of legends ...
Not rechaka, puraka, and kumbhaka: There are other breathing practices that include rechaka (exhalation), puraka (inhalation) and kumbhaka (intentional holding of the breath).
Manipuraka chakra: the nervous plexus located in the region of the navel.
Mantra: a sacred thought or prayer.
Manipura or manipuraka is symbolised by a downward pointing triangle with ten petals. The seed syllable is Ram, and the presiding deity is Braddha Rudra, with Lakini as the Shakti.
Study of deep breathing takes place after performing puraka and rechaka successfully. Try to do deep puraka to the maximum stage as you can and similarly do the prolonged rechaka-in the preliminary stage.
When the breath is drawn in, it is the second, termed Puraka. When it is suspended, it is the third kind, called Kumbhaka. Kumbhaka is retention of breath. Kumbhaka increases the period of life.
For Sukhapurvaka Pranayama, (a) inhale through left nostril (Puraka); (b) retain the breath (Antar-kumbhaka), (c) Exhale through the right nostril (Rechaka) and (d) retain the breath (Bahya-kumbhaka).
Inhale (Puraka) through the left nostril till you count 3 Oms slowly. Imagine that you are drawing the Prana along with the atmospheric air. In course of practice, you will actually feel that you are drawing Prana.
" The head-to-knee pose (alternate leg stretch) performed with puraka kumbhaka, bandha triya, and yantra meditation.Maithuna A sacred love-making ritual of Tantra Yoga.
Perform Puraka (inhalation) and Rechaka (exhalation) rapidly. Those who can do Bhastrika Pranayama can easily do this. In Bhastrika there is a Kumbhaka (retention of breath) for a long time at the end of the required rounds.
Another application of uddiyana bandha that is nontraditional, yet very palatable is to apply uddiyana bandha at the end of deep inhalation (puraka) drawing the energy into the heart/lung area.
Breathing: The breathing technique performed with vinyasa is called ujjayi [victorious breath] (Scott 20), which consists of puraka [inhalation] and rechaka [exhalation] ("Ashtanga Yoga").
Iyengar explains how the three stages of the breath in pranayama—inhalation (puraka), retention (antara kumbhaka), and exhalation (rechaka)—can connect us to the universal soul. During our inhalation, we are inviting prana to come in.
This exhalation is known as Puraka. Now take three breaths into focused area and feel your abdomen rising and falling beneath your hands. Stop the breath for a second in this position and then exhale.
See also: Prana, Breath, Pranayama, Yoga, Body