By Swami Harshananda
Sometimes transliterated as: Prasvasa, PraZvAsa, Prashvaasa
Praśvāsa literally means ‘exhalation’.
The words śvāsa and praśvāsa have been used by Patañjali in his Yogasutras in connection with the definition of prāṇāyāma. Śvāsa is inhalation and praśvāsa is exhalation. They are also called puraka and recaka. When their movement is stopped temporarily it results in prāṇāyāma.
- He lived in 200 B. C.
- Yogasutras 2.49
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore