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By Swami Harshananda

Samanu literally means ‘with mantra’.

‘Manu’ means a mantra.[1] Works on Haṭhayoga describe various processes of prāṇāyāma for nāḍīśuddhi.[2] Very often, certain bāḍīśuddhi[3] like yam, ram and ṭham are associated with the different stages of these prāṇāyāmas. Hence they are called ‘samanu’.[4]Gheranda Samhitā 5.36-45</ref> The actual processes have to be learnt personally from expert teachers.


  1. Mantra means holy syllable.
  2. Nāḍīśuddhi means purification of the tubular structures through which prāṇic energy flows.
  3. Bāḍīśuddhi means seed-letters.
  4. Samanu means prāṇāyāmas with bijamantras.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore