Yoga and Diabetes- Bahya Pranayama or External Kumbakha

Bahya Pranayama or External Kumbakha

Kumbakha is the retention of breath. In this pranayama, the breath is retained outside for a longer duration than inhalation and exhalation. The ratio of inhalation, exhalation and retention is 3: 6:12


1.Sit in a cross-legged position.

2.Inhale through the left nostril, by closing the right to the count of 3.

3.Immediately exhale through the right nostril to the count of 6.

4.Retain the breath outside or in other words remain breathless to the count of 12.

5.Repeat the pranayama with the same count from the right nostril.

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  • Dear,

    Kindly go through the flg and help me to get a suitable posture of YOGA. Thanks in advance.

    - aged 63 years, average built, 55 kgs wt, Pure Veg, Core HR/IR Professional

    and now Retired.

    - smoking for the last 30 years, for the last one month i am trying to give it up.

    i am now practising to smoke after 3 hours, some time 6 hours continuously -

    become addictive to smoke. Vigorously trying to give it up.

    - problem is met two serious road accidents one in 1996, another one in 2001 in

    Chennai after coming from Bangalore

    - diabetec type 2 detected during 2007 and gave GB 1 mg twice daily;

    - when pain in the ankle and cramp, and dysfunctional of erection besides diabetec,

    then Dr.advised me that

    it is due to blockage/no proper flow of blood to foot and since 2011 medicines are taken -

    amaryl m2 for diabetec twice daily, for blood flow - rexite plus 2 cap twice daily,

    gebecasic M tab 1/2 twice daily.

    Present situation is : sole become soft like sponge when putting on the floor,

    crampness of fingers, burning sensation, no grip on the floor/sandal.I am having


    At present, diabetec level is 80 fasting, 160 pp,

    - instead of going to Dr, i am trying to give up SMOKE, if i go to Dr, he will certainly

    instruct and advice me to give up SMOKE to avoid these problems and further

    damage to my feet.

    - I am trying to find out the alternate medicine even if i smoke some extent. I used earlier

    the Ayurvedic and Sidda

    medicines as per friends advise, but it gave me a lot of gastric after one or two times

    taking medicine and

    so i have thrown out all of them since no refund nor taking back the medicines are


    I am leaving the issue to you to decide and advise me keeping in view the problems that

    (a) name of medicine or juice or a suitable YOGA

    (b) daily dosage

    (c) cost factor per month/free on trial basis

    (d) availablility in Chennai

    (e) any reference in Chennai if so


    IF YOU are free you can talk to me also.

    Let us hope to get a suitable reply from you soon.

    With regards,



  • quit smoking ;take cholesterol free and high fibre vegetarian diet ;consult your physician /ayurveda expert

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