Create space with breath. As you focus only on your breath your attention to mind thoughts goes away and you are in the present moment allowing space and stillness to be there. Breathing, in and of itself, holds the key to our divine connection. For without breathing we would not survive. Become aware of your breath in every moment. Your breath is always in the present. Breath awareness is most powerful and transformational.
Breath is the key to relaxation. Pranayama is a Sanskrit word that means lengthening of the prana or breath. Prana is life force or vital energy. Pranayama yoga is a practice of control of breath. Prana itself is the essence and energy of God/Divine itself. It is everywhere. It is in the trees, the flowers, the sun and it is vital to our very survival. That is why we are so linked with Mother Nature.
Ancient yogi’s believed that we are each born with a certain amount of breaths. So as we work towards elongating our breaths or controlling our breathing we elongate our lifespan. Whether the number of breaths per individual life is true or not, conscious breathing is beneficial for our mind, body and soul. Practicing pranayama/breathing technique reduces stress, cleans and clears toxins from the body and so much more.
Breathe… I’ve seen profound results in just breathing through your intention and feeling it. Breathe very deeply in and very slowly out. Use the full capacity of your lungs. Be with the sound and rhythm of your breath. Become aware of your breath and most especially at the tail end of your out-breath. There is a stillness and energy here. Focus on your breath for a time. Feel the energy body within you expand. Breathe and then your focus is on the intention while allowing the energy to flow to you and through you. You are focusing only on the present moment. In this present moment your power resides. When in this present state of mind you can pinpoint and focus on your desired goal. Be focused and enjoy the divine energy flowing to you always. Remember what you focus upon expands. So focus on the positive elements of love, peace and joy as you intend! Enjoy breathing in the present moment!
As stated in Heart of Yoga by T.K.V. Desikachar, “An emphasis on long inhalation and holding the breath after inhalation intensified the effects of a yoga posture in the chest area and supports the elimination process and has a cleansing affect on the body by enlivening the organs, especially abdominal region. An emphasis on long exhalation and holding the breath after exhalation intensifies the effects of the posture in the abdominal region (energized and heats the body).”
There are a variety of powerful ways that you can practice pranayama yoga to benefit your entire body. The use of pranayama techniques are very beneficial for smoothing out Kundalini symptoms that are too intense. Some forms I have come across are: Quiet breathing, Deep breathing, fast breathing, spinal breathing and many others. When practicing these versions of breathing it is imperative to your health that you do these with proper guidance and follow the instructions given.
“Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure.” ~ Oprah Winfrey
Breath awareness is a beautiful meditation to practice wherever you are. Just breathe and be aware of the breath. Watch your breath. Come into the present moment. As you breathe in, be with the inhale. As you breathe out, be with the exhale. You will find your inner calm a comforting place to be that is strangely familiar. Energy is our life force. It has been called Prana, Chi, Ki, etc. When we breathe we take in oxygen and life force energy to survive. As you breathe in, you are taking in Light and Energy. Let’s call it Light Breathing! Simply be aware that your breath is powerful and causes subtle but noticeable shifts from within. Below you will find several Breathing Techniques listed, scroll down to find the one(s) you’d like to practice.
Breathing Techniques (in detail below):
Long Deep Belly Breaths
Breath of Fire
You can also do this technique standing. Stand, arms easily at sides. Shake your body, really let it all out. Then jump body up and down fast and short in rhythm with your breathing through the nose. This aids in movement and breath while visualizing Kundalini rising if you like. You can also do the Breath of Fire while sitting comfortably and with legs crossed. Hold your arms up, thumbs out, and all other fingers facing in at the first joint. Close your eyes and do the Breathe of Fire for as long as you can, then hold it for longer. Breathing with movement is very powerful. And in movements, such as Yoga, breath is a key factor in keeping rhythm and to, also, achieve what goals you are setting up for the yogic practice. Yoga is has great balancing benefits for incorporating the combination of breath and movement.
To bring the Breath of Fire to an advanced level the technique is the same, you just increase the power and the pace within which you breathe. So you can move to intermediate or advanced for extra pace and power. During this breath you are naturally pulsating your lower regions, naturally waking and stirring your Kundalini. Energy pathways start to open up and you start to get vitalized. You will notice changes immediately as you practice this pranayama. Practice. The Breath of Fire magnifies benefits of any exercise when used in conjunction with the exercise! Do not practice the Breath of Fire if you are Kundalini awakened or going through terrible symptoms, as it can aggravate or enhance the process. In such cases, only practice this under the specific guidance of a guru or wise teacher.
Breath of Fire will entirely charge the nervous system, causing the glands to secrete and purify the blood. When it is done with certain postures and movements in yoga, which are meant to put contracting (drawing in) or expanding (releasing) pressure in nerve plexuses and glandular centers, those areas are made to fire and become completely charged.
As an area becomes charged, the sexual (seminal) fluids are released into the bloodstream and flow to those charged areas, so that gradually those areas will maintain that charge and pranic pressure builds throughout the body converting Bindu (Tamasic and Rajasic energy) to Ojas (Satvic energy), which fills and permeates the entire body and mind. If actresses attempted this before filming on set for sites like https://www.hdpornvideo.xxx/ and others, they’d truly feel the affects and experience one mind blowing orgasm, that said you can do this at home.
Kapalabhati clears the body from the constant intake of toxins, thus detoxifying it. This technique helps to replace any toxic air with fresh air. Practicing this filters out negative and unnatural things held in the frontal lobe. The breathing mainly takes place from the abdomen, as opposed to the chest, and this specifically is what helps to remove the toxic air. Kapala means “the skull” and bhati means “brings lightness.” Kapalabhati helps to make the motions of your diaphragm very easy and controlled. This helps it to discard the muscle cramps present in bronchial tubes. A lot of force is used to do this pranayama. While exhaling, the process is very strong and while inhaling, the process is very calming.
It is a very energizing technique, and when done correctly it will reboot all your muscles. It is also a cleansing technique that places emphasis on cleaning the air passages and blockages in the chest as well as the nasal passage. It helps deter asthma, diabetes, bronchitis and allergies. The breathing exercise purifies the lungs and nasal passages. Breathing in this way lightens your skull by extracting problems like sinusitis. This is an invigorating and energizing practice as it fills your stuffy skull with fresh air. The practice also improves bowel movements which rids the body of the many diseases. Excellent for Respiratory Problems – It is also one of the best exercises for asthma patients and people suffering from respiratory problems. This stimulating breath can do wonders for every single tissue in your body.
The breathing technique will invigorate your spine. Increases Blood Circulation – It is also useful for maintaining blood pressure. The abdominal organs also become strengthened from the pressure applied to these organs while breathing and exhaling. It increases the blood circulation due to fresh supply of blood. It is also useful for removing impurities from the blood. Tones Your Abdomen -The abdominal area is toned with the help of this breathing technique. It helps clear the entire nervous system which proves to be very useful in making the body fit.
Alternate Nostril Breathing (Nadi Sodahana)
Alternate nostril breathing technique is a yogic technique that I highly recommend to assist you through Kundalini symptoms. Alternate nostril breathing is said to relieve heat and cold symptoms. Practicing this cleanses and rejuvenates vital channels of energy as well as brings a soothing calm. This is also beneficial as a preface to Kundalini symptoms (or side effects) you may experience and will assist in balancing out what would have been a harsh symptom. This breathing technique cleanses the nervous system, clears nasal passage, strengthens the heart and releases mental anxiety.
It is much easier to do this while watching another guiding you. Your hand is held in front of your nose, you will alternate your thumb and pinky finger to block one nostril at a time. Each inhale and exhale is done slowly to the count of four. If desiring a cooling effect, block your right nostril first and breathe in through your left nostril (to the count of 1, 2, 3, 4). Then block your left nostril and breathe out through your right nostril (1, 2, 3, 4). Then block the left nostril and breathe out through the right nostril (1, 2, 3, 4). Leaving your left nostril blocked, breathe in through the right nostril (1, 2, 3, 4). Block the right nostril and breathe out through the left nostril (1, 2, 3, 4). Repeat the cycle of alternate-nostril breathing a few times and end the cycle with an exhale through the left nostril. For a warming effect, begin your first inhale through the right nostril and finish the cycle by exhaling through your right nostril.
Ujjayi Breath (Ocean Breath)
Ujjayi breath is breathing only through the nose, while constricting the throat. To begin you can do this with your mount open and hear the hissing sound your breath makes when your throat is tightened. Then close your mouth and that hiss or ocean sound goes more within. Some people like to say it sounds a little like Darth Vador. That might help you understand what it sounds like.
What you are doing is bringing more oxygen into your lunges than a normal breath. The air that comes in through your constricted throat is a powerful, directed breath that you can send into the parts of your body that need it during yoga.
Benefits include: Mind, body and spirit relaxation and calm, lowers blood pressure and treats insomnia.
During a workshop I had with Sadie Nardini she talked of her brother, the Marathon runner. He kept hitting his wall at eight miles. So he asked his sister what he could do. She gave him the Ojjiya breath. When he practiced this breath throughout his next run he was able to get past his wall, beyond eight miles, and then some and still not feel winded. These are amazing results! Proof this breathwork actually works.
While in yoga, when your teacher tells you to focus on your breath you can choose this breath technique and see your yoga practice enhanced. You’ll feel a deeper sense of calm and peace throughout.
Cooling Breath (Sitali)
Benefits include: Good for liver and spleen, treats fever, cools the nervous system and reduces high blood pressure.
Happiness Breath – Sukha Pranayama
Your benefits from practicing this breath technique are: Your concentration improves, relieves stress and hypertension and nervous system becomes stronger. There have been studies done of positive people and negative people when they are up against a challenging situation. Those that are negative have a tougher time getting through the challenge and feel miserable during it. Those that are positive not only feel better, but they attract to them the solution to their issue much faster and easier. They surrender to what it and are happy anyway. 🙂
Breathe Into Each Chakra
To begin, inhale and exhale full deep breaths for each Chakra one at time. Maybe you will start out with one to three breaths per Chakra and work your way up to more breaths per Chakra. See the color of the Chakra in all its vibrancy as you breathe into each Chakra. Our breath is our Life Force and Prana energy. When you do this you are focusing on breathing Life Force energy into each Chakra. This is very cleansing and opening. Do this anywhere and anytime you need to.
To practice Breath of Joy, stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and parallel, knees may be slightly bent. Inhale one-third of your lung capacity and swing your arms up in front of your body, bringing them parallel to each other at shoulder level or a little higher, with palms facing the ceiling. Continue inhaling to two-thirds capacity and stretch your arms out to the side like wings to shoulder level. Inhale to full capacity and swing your arms parallel and over your head, palms facing each other. Open your mouth and exhale completely with an audible ha, bending the knees more deeply as you sink into a standing squat and swing your arms down and back behind you like a diver. Never forcing or straining the body or breath; simply be absorbed by the peacefully stimulating rhythm. Repeat 5-10 times.
Once finished return to standing in Mountain pose and close your eyes. Close your eyes and feel the vibration or hum in your body. Notice the effects. Feel how quickly your heart beats; feel the sensations in your face and arms; and the tingling in the palms of your hands.
Practicing Breath of Joy awakens your whole system. It increases oxygen levels in the bloodstream, temporarily stimulating the sympathetic nervous system, circulating more prana, and gently stoking agni. Through strong inhalations and synchronized arm movements, the practice awakens your whole system—increasing oxygen levels in the bloodstream, temporarily stimulating the sympathetic nervous system, circulating more prana, and gently stoking agni. A forceful exhalation lightly detoxifies the body and helps release pent-up tension.After completing several rounds, the parasympathetic system (which sustains the body at rest) kicks in, leaving the mind calm and focused. The result is a state of homeostatic balance that the yogis call sattva. These qualities make Breath of Joy especially effective in managing mood. The practice counters the shallow upper chest breathing of anxiety by inviting the breath to fill every milliliter of the lungs. Like a strong bright wind, it also sweeps away the sluggishness of depression and infuses the mind with a serene sense of clarity.
Contraindications/Modifications: If you have knee injuries or cannot stand, you may practice this in a modified way while seated in a chair. Also, this practice may not be appropriate for everyone. Skip it if you have high blood pressure or if you suffer from any kind of head or eye injury, like migraines or glaucoma. If you start to feel light-headed, instead of light-hearted, stop for a minute and just breathe normally.
The health benefits of performing Bhastrika pranayama are: Helps to throw out toxins and cures illnesses of respiratory track, Boosts the supply of oxygen and purifies blood, Helps to keep negative thoughts away, Increases warmth in the body and helps to prevent common cold, Regular practice of Bhastrika pranayama keeps you away from all diseases.
Dirgha (3-Part Breath)
The first is the lower level of the abdominal area just under the floating ribs . This is the area that allows you to inflate like a balloon. The second area is the middle chest, or thoracic region just under the sternum. Breathing into this area lifts your rib cage and expands and contracts the intercostal muscles. The third section, or upper chamber, is in the clavicle region, located in the area of the upper chest and shoulders, up to the collar bone.
To practice: Begin sitting in a comfortable cross legged position. Or, lying on your back in Savasana, corpse pose. Relax the body, yet keep it active and alive. If sitting keep the spine straight. Close the eyes and begin to focus on the breath. With each inhalation lift the torso. Expand the rib cage. Place the hands on your abdomen. With each inhalation, notice how much you expand. With each exhalation, become aware of the rib cage contracting. Release tension with each exhalation, allowing the belly to drop further into your hands.
Once you feel comfortable, move your hands to the middle abdomen. On your next inhale, fill the first chamber. Then the middle chamber. Again notice your middle area expanding and contracting. And notice any restrictions in the muscles or breath. Now incorporate the last step which is to breath into the final chamber of the lungs. To see if you are fully breathing into the third chamber, place your fingers on one side of your clavicle bone, your thumb on the other side, cupping around your neck.
Begin to breath into the lower chamber, then the middle chamber then the third chamber. Feel your fingers rise up. Keep the breath smooth by synchronizing the inhalation and exhalation. On the exhales, let the breath spill out from the top to the bottom like a pitcher of water pouring out. On the inhalation fill the pitcher up. At all times keep the breath smooth, effortless, and rhythmic. Be aware of any tension in the body and release it through the exhalation.
Dirgha pranayama is a wonderful tool for stimulating more internal awareness, calming the mind through the breath, and preparing you for deeper meditation.
Some other benefits: Dirgha pranayama calms the mind and relaxes the body, revitalizes the entire nervous system, delivers oxygen rich blood to the furthest area of the lungs, breaks irregular breathing patterns, and habitual shallow breathing, improves digestion and elimination, helps relieve constipation, strengthens the abdominal muscles, diaphragm, heart and lungs, and soothes discomfort during menstruation.
If you feel dizzy or light-headed stop for a few minutes then resume. Perhaps spend shorter amounts of time practicing this breath.
There are many other various breathing techniques through yoga that you can explore. Enjoy the process!
As you take a few minutes a day to consciously breathe you build a beautiful reserve of life force energy within. I’m finding it’s most beneficial to focus on the spaces between breaths. The space between is most sacred. A blissful stillness is here. For me it seems highly beneficial to focus on the breathing out (exhale) for bringing in beautiful energy to self and others. There is a space between that occurs on the in-breath (inhale) as well as the out-breath (exhale). This space seems quite pivotal in building the energy. I will do a lot of visualization and energies on the holding of breath after an exhale before breathing back in. Another method is to pause on the in-breath as well as the out-breath. This brings your mind inward. Your thoughts wither away and you feel the divine connection. Practice this method as often as you like. Do what feels good for you during this process and every day!
Gerd Lange has puts the importance of prana and breathing into perspective when he says, “In general, there are two things which we take in when we breathe. One is air and the other is prana, pure life-force energy itself, more vital than air for our existence. If you take away air, you have a couple of minutes before you die; if you take away water, you have even more time; and if you take away food you have much more time still, but if you break prana from spirit, death is instantaneous. So taking in prana with breath is absolutely crucial in sustaining our life.”
Taking full deep breaths, in and out, assist us in taking in the Divine life force energy completely. The feeling is tremendous. Rebirthing is also a beautiful form of breathwork for profound transformations. I strongly suggest sampling rebirthing techniques from a certified Rebirther near you.
Working with breathwork is so powerful. And also when you incorporate the energy consciously within the breath you feel the rejuvenating affects. Expert Rebirther, Sondra Ray, explains the vital-ness of energy and breath: “Breathwork, or conscious breathing, is a physical, mental and spiritual experience. The physical part consists of connecting your inhale and exhale in a relaxed rhythm (with no holding at the top or bottom). The spiritual dimension of conscious breathing is the heart of the matter. One purpose of breathwork is not only the movement of air but also the movement of ENERGY.”
So I invite you to breathe deeply, consciously and be here now.
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