Two weeks ago, The Yoga Lunchbox published a text interview with Swami Samnyasananda, a consultant neurophysiologist who specialises in research on sleeping.
He sounded like such an interesting guy that we then lined up a Skype interview with him too.
The Swami is coming to New Zealand in May and June this year, and will be touring around the North Island giving talks and doing private consults with people about how to use breathing and pranayama to help with various health concerns.
Drawing on research from three or so decades of working in the field of neuro-science, the Swami has also travelled the length and breadth of India interviewing people such as Pattabhi Jois, BKS Iyengar, Kashtub Desikachar, Pilot Baba, Swami Niranjanananda, Dr Bhole and others.
He promises to share some of his findings on their input as well as findings from the medical literature.
In this interview we talk about:
- His role as a Swami and as a neurophysiologist
- His discovery of, and journey with, yoga
- What is it like to be a man of science and of yoga?
- Breathing and the rhythms of the body
- The importance of knowledge in yoga – how to find the right class for youThe power of breathing with awareness
- Breath control
- The energetic process of breathing
- The difference between breath control and pranayama
- The difference between yoga and asana
- The power of conscious awareness
- Is pranayama dangerous?
- Swami Samnyasananda’s tour of the North Island
- The things everyone should know about breathing
- The importance of getting specific
Check out more on Swami Samnyasananda here: