Mastering Pranayama

New Book release by Radhikaji

It is common knowledge that pranayama is about breathing exercises. Right? Wrong!

Radhika Shah Grouven divulges some of the secret practices of the mysterious Oral Tradition to challenge this popular belief. Breathing exercises are not pranayama; they prepare you for pranayama. Prana is the life force and pranayama is done with the mind. Pranayama begins where the breath ends. With pranayama you can harness the unlimited potentials of the mind and become a balanced and creative individual.

In this book you will learn:

  • Why most of us do not breathe correctly
  • How to unlearn faulty breathing patterns
  • Why the science of sitting is so important
  • How to get conscious control over the breath
  • How to train the laser-like power of the one-pointed mind
  • How to plunge into the vibrant silence of the breathless state, rest in profound, reasonless joy and truly enjoy life

Mastering Pranayama takes you step by step over a period of 7–8 months to advanced pranayama practices such as Sushumna Kriya, Sandhya Kriya, Kumbhaka and Yoga Nidra that lead to kundalini awakening. The practices are explained in detail with the help of over 80 illustrations and tables.The answers to some commonly posed questions at the end of each chapter foresee the difficulties of most practitioners. The tips and experiments throughout the book are fun as well as insightful. An authoritative book on the subject, Mastering Pranayama is a classic you will return to again and again: the ultimate guide for novices as well as trained teachers.


Radhika Shah Grouven's authentic account of the traditional Pranayama practices comes as a refreshing and much-needed change. The book not only provides a very practical and systematic approach that can be implemented, it also provides a very strong foundation behind the roots and meaning of Pranayama from the perspective of the true Yogic traditions. The book presents an overview of the bigger picture and shifts to the practical aspects at the right times. The book is filled with useful personal experiments and guiding principles one can incorporate during the duration of his/her practice. I would definitely recommend the book for anyone who is interested in understanding the real meaning of Pranayama.

Krishna Narasimhan, Germany

Mastering Pranayama brings a systematic and absolutely clear way to learn about what Pranayama really means. I have already read many books on this issue, but has never read something so inspiring and practical at the same time, and also, so careful about those who are experiencing the practices at all. Having faced many misunderstandings about pranayama as a Yoga Teacher from Brazil, my intention is to start to practice based on the book, which is based on years and years of experience from yoga masters, to share with brazilian students the art of Pranayama. It is a gift to humanity that this book has been written, mainly to yoga teachers who are open to practice and evaluate what is the best way to help students.

Rozane O., Brazil

It is an excellent book which gives a systematic method to learn pranayama by slowly and GENTLY allowing to extend his capacity. This book greatly emphasise on unlearning the incorrect habitual breathing, like chest breathing, and precisely explains the importance of deep diaphragmatic breathing to learn the advance form of pranayama. The Q&A part of the chapter gives the solution of the problem, which are commonly faced by the practitioner. Anyone who wants to learn breathing exercise and pranayama, this book is a must for them.

Manash, India