B.K.S. Iyengar’s classic book Light on Pranayama is a wonderful resource for Iyengar yogis, and anyone interested in pranayama from the classical Yogic perspective. Pranayama practices such as Sitali and Pratiloma are broken down into stages, so that beginners and advanced yogis alike can work with practices at their own level. In classic Iyengar fashion, the book is filled with photos to illustrate the details, as well as containing prop suggestions to assist in the correct practice of each pranayama. Being very influenced by classical Yoga as taught by Patanjali, pranayama has a more prominent role in Iyengar yoga than in some other styles.
Kundalini yogis have a seemingly infinite choice of pranayama practices to choose from. Kundalini yoga makes use of breathing practices such as alternate nostril breathing, breath of fire, and one minute breath. What sets Kundalini yoga apart from other styles is the way these practices are utilized. By combining pranayama practices with kriyas, mantras, and mudras, they can be applied for very specific purposes. Harijot Kaur Khalsa’s book Praana Praanee Praanayam contains a wealth of Kundalini pranayama practices which can be used to experience Infinity, increase your energy, or to make you a saint.