[When the breath stops effortlessly, without either rechaka (exhalation) or puraka (inhalation), that is called Kevala Kumbhaka.—Hatha-Yoga Pradipika,11:73.
“The aspirant who can perform Kevali Kumbhaka, he only is the true knower of Yoga.”—Gheranda Samhita, V:95.
One who is adept in Kevala Kumbhaka, which has no rechaka and puraka, he has nothing unattainable in the three worlds.”—Siva Samhita 111:46-47.
In my last blog I mentioned Keval but did not clarify it as kevali pranayam
Someone may wonder what it is.
So this is what I found from what Yogananda web page. http://yogananda.com.au/gita/gita0429k2.html
They are authentic quotes from Yogananda
This kevali or Kriya yoga is very slowly learnt. These are the steps
- Shakti has to be awakened
- Practice Jyoti Mudra
- Learn to control Prana and Apana
- In time you will learn to control samana, udana and vyana also
- When the mind is sufficiently strong, it can control the prana
- Eventually, you can stop prana at will
- This is samadhi
- Much more is to be done after this
- There is a much more detailed description elsewhere