All posts tagged: breath

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. …

8/4 Segmented Breathing Meditation

With segmented breathing we divide the inhalation and exhalation into several equal parts, with a slight suspension of the breath separating each part, and with a distinct beginning and end onto each segment. This stimulates the central brain and the glandular system in different ways. instead of inhaling in one smooth motion, we break the breath up into segmented sniffs. Try not to collapse or squeeze the nostrils in on the sniff, or pull the breath too deeply into the lungs. the goal is for the breath to strike a relaxed, yet focused area in the nasal passage to stimulate a particular set of nerves. Keep the nostrils relaxed and direct the attention to the feel of the breath further along the air passages and to the motion of the diaphragm. 4 Parts in : 8 Parts Out – calming, centring  Meditation Instructions POSTURE Sitting on the floor or chair. Spine straight. EYES Eyes closed and focus on the 3rd eye (between the eyebrows and up one inch, this activates intuition). MUDRA Hands in Gyan Mudra …

Awakening the Spirit of the Spine

The spine is the axis of our being The embryo in the womb first creates the central spinal axis and then the body grows around this axis, the axis of our individual world. The top and bottom of the body, the two sides and the back and front of the body develop soon after. We then spend the rest of our life with our spine “behind” us. We face the world and all of life moves from back to front, from the spine into the world. The physical spine is one of the primary supporting structures for our body and mind. It is also the basis of our individual consciousness as the spinal cord where the nerve cells within the spine carry all those nerve signals that are required to sustain our waking, dreaming and sleeping states of being. To awaken the spine what should/can we minimally do every day to keep our spine as strong, flexible and healthy as possible? Flexibility postures and stretch technique partnered with pranayama (breath control) create a strong and …