Samana: Sequencing & Pacing to Balance Energy

Samana means “equal” or “balanced” in Sanskrit and is the result of most well-rounded practices. Some specific practices are particularly focused on creating mental and physical balance such as the following:

  1. Balance Poses
  2. Twists*
  3. Asymmetrical Poses
  4. Nadi Shodhana (Alternate Nostril Breathing)

* Note on Twists: There is inconsistency in how twists are categorized among sources. We resonate with the perspective that twists can be active or gentle and can be generally balancing to the nervous system (calming when agitated and stimulating when lethargic).

Not Just Which Practices, But How You Do Them

Neither brahmana nor langhana practices are substitutes for good sleep and regular stress-management activities, but they complement them. Since the brhmanalanghana model is about energy management, breath is the most important part of the equation; all other elements enhance the effect. Oftentimes it is not just about which practices you choose, but also how you do them. Here is a quick outline of specific practices that can help you achieve brhmana and langhana effect. – Olga Kabel