"Gregor stressed again the difference between Buddhist meditation (very slow process just on awareness and breath) and Yoga meditation. He made the comparison of an Atari computer (vipassana) and a superprocessor (Yoga meditation).
He went again on the importance of Pranayama in balancing the nadis, since depending on the dominant nostril we will be more or less successful in the activities we start.
For example the right nostril should be open if we want to commit a crime, are a policeman wanting to arrest a criminal, give a public speech, study the Shastras, study a difficult scientific text, performing kriyas...
The left nostril should be open for conception, breastfeeding, counselling, listening to a friend, artistic activities, all other yogic activities.
By learning to regulate which nostril is predominant we can make sure that the activities we need to perform are successful (and to be honest after reading the Svara Yoga book I have started to notice that my right nostril is always more open whenever I feel it is a good time to study...).
It is better to lie on the left side than to drink a coffee, same effect. Lie on the right side if you want to fall asleep quickly etc etc.
Right nostril - sympathetic nervous system, catabolic
Left nostril - parasympathetic nervous system, anabolic
We have a dualistic mind, night and day, Ida and Pingala
Gregor mentioned the Shiva Svarodhaya Shastra, which has been translated into English (it is in the Svara Yoga book of the Bihar School of Yoga)
Every 90 minutes or so, on average, the dominant nostril changes. There are a few minutes where no nostril is dominant, both hemispheres are suspended (we feel a bit weird) the central nadi is active and prana enters it. This time is what Yogis want to elongate".
from Guest post by Chiara Ghiron
I asked Chiara if she had any articles on this from the western perspective, research papers etc.
Of course she does.
Thank you yet again to Chiara for providing these links, have been wanting to read some more on this for some time.
And also this
Question: Should we be throwing out the baby with the bath water.
Kausthub Desikacar and any organisation he's associated with, past/present or future, may be discredited, due to the "varying allegations of sexual, mental and emotional abuse against Dr. Kaustaub Desikachar" but what about the scholarship, some excellent articles have appeared under the KHYF banner? Do we throw those out as well?