The breath has enormous power. By learning to control the breath, we learn to control prana—the vital energy that sustains every aspect of our being, physical and mental, as well as the entire cosmos. Working with the breath, we gain control of our nervous system, mind, and then cosmic energy, opening the door to higher awareness. The science of controlling prana through the breath is known as pranayama.

In this ten-part series, Swami Rama offers a wealth of knowledge and practical instruction on the science of breath for both beginners and experienced students. Discover how the breath relates to the nervous system, the mind, and the body’s subtle energy channels. Explore pranayama practices ranging from fundamental to more advanced, presented step by step along with their benefits. Then, moving beyond pranayama, learn how breath awareness creates a joyful inner stillness leading to deep meditation and ultimate freedom.