All posts filed under: Breath Series

Breath Signatures

The main problem in the world is stress. It is not going to decrease, it is going to increase. If through pranayama the shock can be harnessed, the entire stress and disease can be eliminated ~ Yogi Bhajan   Mastery of the breath is a foundation for, promoting health and vitality. Opening the range and creativity of the emotions. Controlling the moods. Developing concentration and promoting the feeling of connectedness. Breath awareness begins with recognising the breath as both the gross physical breath, as well as the subtle life force of the body and mind called prana. A Kundalini Yogi examines and breaks the habit to ignore the breath. Think of the breath in broader terms than simply respiration. Consider that the breath and its movements are connected to the movements of all ether emotions and thoughts. The breath and the Word are in intimate relationship.They form the platform from which all things begin, and they shape the form and direction of ones life. They govern our communications and our relationships with ourselves and others. …

Keep the Prana Flowing

Person Centred care with Spring is the season when upper respiratory imbalances such as allergies, asthma, and sinus congestion arrive on the scene and interfere with our free flowing breath. Yoga offers an amazing tool to combat these woes with the delicate breath balance of prana and apana. Practices are many, each with its own indications and benefits with spring a great season form warming and invigorating practices. This can be understood through Ayurveda’s law of opposites. In nature, opposites bring balance. Hot sun melts cold snow.  Wet rain puts out dry fires.  Ayurveda explains that the body is a mere reflection of nature. The same law of opposites applies to each of us. A hot tea will warm a cold body. An unctuous oil will hydrate a dry body. What does this mean for spring? When the body is under the season’s influence of cold, wet and gloomy weather, it needs the qualities of warm, dry, and invigorating to bring balance. In Ayurvedic terms, this is the process of balancing the bodily elements of kapha dosha. …