Rechaka - Exhalation
Rechaka means exhalation in pranayama. There is quite an art to exhalation.
When exhaling listen to the sound. Like finely tuning a musical instrument the sound is carefully adjusted so that its vibration is perfect throughout exhalation.
In this type, Rechaka is to be performed by left nostril. After completing Kumbhaka, the three bandhas should be released and the left nostril should be opened. Then the chest should be contracted and the Rechaka performed at a constant pace.
Not rechaka, puraka, and kumbhaka: There are other breathing practices that include rechaka (exhalation), puraka (inhalation) and kumbhaka (intentional holding of the breath). These practices are not the intent here in this sutra, particularly not the practice of breath retention.
The third phase of respiration is expiration. Expiration is a passive act. For stretching a rubber band one needs a conscious effort, while once the active action is released the rubber automatically assumes its original position. The same principle applies to the act of respiration.
Sadhaka: seeker , aspirant
Sadhana: practice, quest
Sahasrara chakra: the thousand petalled lotus in the cerebral cavity
Salabhasana: Locust pose
Salamba Sarvangasana: Shoulderstand Pose
Santosha: contentment, one of the Niyama in Patanajali's Yoga ...
This complex breathing technique combines kapalabhati, bastrika, dirgha svasam, rechaka kumbhaka, bandha-triya and intense pratyahara in its more advanced forms.
Literally "purging by cascading the fire.
When the breath is expired, it is Rechaka, the first kind of Pranayama. 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.
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. But in Kapalabhati there is no Kumbhaka.
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).
If you prolong the time of Rechaka, the following inhalation will be done in a hurried manner and the rhythm will be disturbed.
Breathing: The breathing technique performed with vinyasa is called ujjayi [victorious breath] (Scott 20), which consists of puraka [inhalation] and rechaka [exhalation] ("Ashtanga Yoga").
rechaka = exhalation
Rig Veda = Litterally "Knowledge of Praise" - it consists of 1028 hymns and is the oldest known refernce to yoga and possibly the oldest known text in the world
risi = sage or saint
roga = sickness
Rudra = incarnation of Siva
sa = with
sahasrara - thousandfold ...
See also: Breath, Prana, Pranayama, Yoga, Kumbha