Kumbhaka means ‘potlike’ and refers to breath retention. Imagine your lungs are like a ‘pot’ holding a breath of air for an extended period of time.
Dharana literally means ‘immovable concentration of the mind’. It involves focusing your attention on a single concrete, physical point. The ability to maintain a fixed concentration brings clarity and prepares you for meditation.
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