Yes. You must read the instructions several times and understand the technique
thoroughly. If you have doubts, consult some experienced men and then begin the practice.
Have regular and systematic practice. If you want quick progress, you must follow my
instructions given in the first two chapters of my book “Science of Pranayama”. You can
gradually increase the period of Kumbhak to two minutes. In the advanced stages of practice, it
will be better to have the help of a Guru.
From "May I answer that" by Swami Sivananda (1987-1963). More Informations on Swami Sivananda: on the Website of Divine Life Society, Photographs of Swami Sivananda, German Pages on Swami Sivananda

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  • Dear Sir,

    Thanks for guidance and it is so like this that you have the theoretical knowledge by reading the books but you have no " Budhi " ( I have not found any equivalent word for Budhi in English language ). It means that for any thing you need the theoretical and practical knowledge. Then you have the complete and best knowledge available in this world. The Guru will give you both at a time.
    Thanks and with best regards.
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