Both Swami Sivananda and Swami Satyanananda were clear that if you want peace of mind, balance and want to follow the spiritual path, you have to tame your mind. Swamiji said that if you have a quarrel with your partner or family, you may sleep in a separate room but your mind cannot be put in another room. It will sleep with you, it will play with your thoughts, give you dreams and wake you up the next morning not rested but more upset. So how does one quieten this mind. Swamiji has laid emphasis on the mind. Swami Sivananda has emphasised on developing positive qualities of the mind and eradicating the negative and restrictive qualities of the mind.
What do we take away from this? We learn to practice the balancing pranayama. It is called the Samvrit pranayama. Close your eyes inhale to the count of five, hold the breath to the count of five, exhale to the count of five, no breathing to the count of five (hold the breath outside). What happens here is that when you inhale, your prana is going to the lungs and then it is energising your brain. When you pause, your prana is working on your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual digestion. When you exhale your prana is expelling all your physical waste, negative thoughts, experiences, and emotions.
It also is working on your communication, your senses and movement and your creativity. The pause after exhalation is nourishment for the 72,000 nadis. I have given this to you in a nutshell. Practice this sadhana and count your breath backwards from 54 to 0. Make no errors, you will have to start again. It can be done several times a day. You will perceive the change yourself. You can add a mantra SOHAM, OM or of your choice. No effort is required. You will find that it will vacuum your negativity and recharge you. You are concentrating on the counting and you are a witness to the process.
Aim Hrim Klim