SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR PRACTICING PRANAYAMA
In the early morning, answer the calls of nature and sit for the practice.
Practise Pranayama, in a dry wellventilated room. Pranayama requires deep concentration and attention. It
is always better to have the practice in a steady sitting posture. Do not keep
anyone by your side to avoid distraction of your mind.
Before you sit for Pranayama practice, thoroughly clean the nostrils well. You can take a small quantity of fruitjuice or a small cup of milk or coffee even before the practice. When you finish the practice take a cup of milk or light tiffin after 10 minutes.
Have one sitting only in the morning during summer. If there is heat in the brain or head, apply Amla oil or butter on the head before you take your bath. Take Misri Sherbat by dissolving sugar candy in water. This will cool your whole system.
Do Sitali Pranayama also. You will not be affected by the heat.
Strictly avoid too much talking, eating, sleeping, mixing with friends and exertion. “Verily Yoga is not for him who eat too much, nor who abstaineth to excess, is addicted to too much sleep nor even to wakefulness” (Gita VI-16). Take a little ghee with rice when you take your meals. This will lubricate the bowels and allow Vayu to move downwards freely.
“Mitaharam vina yastu yogarambham tu karayet, Nanaroga bhavettasya kinchid yogo na sidhyati—Without
observing moderation of diet, if one takes to the Yoga practices, he cannot obtain any benefit but gets various diseases” (Ghe.S. Chap. V-16).