Loma means hair, the 'vi' denotes disjunction, or negation. Viloma
means anti-hair, or against the natural order of things.
In viloma pranayama, inhalation, or exhalation is not a continuous
process, but one that is interrupted by several pauses. For
instance, if one complete inhalation were to take fifteen seconds,
then in viloma it would be interrupted every two, or three seconds,
thus bringing the length of the in-breath to twenty-five, or thirty
Similarly, with interrupted exhalation, the out-breath is lengthened
from twenty-five to thirty seconds This pranayama may be compared to
climbing up or down a tall ladder, with a pause at each step.
Some of the Effects:
This practice brings a feeling of ease, calmness and lightness to
the body, developing endurance and a sense of exhilaration. It helps
those suffering from low blood pressure.
The lungs cells are aerated, elasticity is created in the lungs, and
the art of deep breathing is learnt with precision, ease, and
comfort. It also rests the nerves, and soothes the brain.