kumbha = pot (a traditional image of the human torso as a container for the breath with two “openings” at the throat and base of the pelvis)
antara (ahn-TAH-rah) = interior
bahya (BAH-yah) = outer
Step by Step
Proceed methodically until your Kumbhaka count matches your Sama Vritti count. Now STOP. Don’t go any further without direct guidance from an experienced teacher.
- Extracts maximum energy from the inhaled breath (antara)
- Quiets the brain and draws awareness inward, toward the Self
Avoid Kumbhaka with high blood pressure