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Yoga Sutra 3.31

Kúrma-nádyám sthairyam

Stability [comes from saṁyama] on the tortoise nadi

The thoracic cage and sternum or “heat centre” and diaphragm is the place of prana, a very important breathing space.  The same is likened to a tortoise withdrawing into its shell, protecting its vital organs.  It also serves to describe a particular meditative focus which brings about stability in mind and body. 

Damian Cadman-Jones is an authorised teacher of Prana Vashya Yoga™

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