Tattvic Yoga
Term for the ancient Hindu science of breath, as expounded
in one of the earliest texts presenting Hinduism to the West,
The Science of Breath and the Philosophy of the Tattvas (1897) by
Pandit Rama Prasad. The ‘‘breath’’ referred to is the life-giving
breath of Brahman and in it are contained, according to Prasad,
the five elementary principles of nature, corresponding to
the five senses of man. These principles are known as tattvas,
and from them the body and the physical world is composed.
The knowledge of the tattvas is believed to confer wonderful
power and to this end all undertakings must be commenced at
times that are known to be propitious for the movements of the
tattvas or vital currents in the body