The rest phase of breath, that all important pause, the point at which the inhalation or exhalation momentarily halts is a very significant aspect of the breath.
Then you leave the studio, the ashram, the practice hall, the comfort of your own home. A little perturbation arises. Your spiritual practice is strong: you can do marathon sessions of meditation. Your Qigong practice is not just a series of randomly sequenced set of movements: you feel the energy flowing as you direct it. Your pranayama is expansive, full, focused and complete. The seamless intertwining of Puraka (Inhalation), Abhyantara Khumbaka (Full Inhale Hold), Rechaka (Exhalation), Bahya Khumbaka (Full Exhale Hold) occurs effortlessly. Then you leave the studio, the ashram, the practice hall, the comfort of your own home. A little perturbation arises. Someone does not signal there turn in traffic. The barista does not quite season your latte in the manner to which you have grown accustomed. A child shows disrespect toward the parent (or your child shows disrespect toward you). It is at these times that your practices must be part of your being. You must not allow your mind to wander, to become agitated. . . . You must come (back) to a Woo-SAHH moment.
Nonetheless, I pondered his statements and it drove home the fact that (many) people (westerners) are socialized to view meditation with a HIGH Degree of circumspection. Meditation and meditating is mentioned 23 times in the (KJV) bible. Yet many still (choose to) remain ignorant as to what meditation really entails
Breathing fully can be revelatory for the body. Proper, full breathing is not promoted in modern society. Many modern activities undermine good posture and the ability to engage in full breathing. The process of full breathing can be trained through breathing practices contained in yogic and qigong repertoires. The practices in contained these disciplines encourage … Continue reading Considering Breath . . . . .
Walking is the oldest form of transportation known to nearly all terrestrial animals. For humankind, this mode of transportation was integral to dispersing around the globe. With the passage of time spiritual and religious groups began to incorporate conscious walking into their repertoires. Various breathing practices were also developed and sometimes incorporated with walking. This … Continue reading Walking Pranayama: My Personal Practice
What is Yoga? For many, it is gathering for session of guided sweaty asana. For others, it is that period of restorative relaxation. For others still, it is through private session that allows that one is able to grasp the particular nuances of the practice. There is much to be said about practicing in … Continue reading A Personal Yoga Practice
bYoga is predominantly presented as a physical practice (asana) in the west. Yet, yoga is a discipline that creates, within the body vehicle, the developing and directing of internal energy. Various internal practices assist with the cultivation of energy. The bandhas are an internal energy aspect of yoga. Once grasped, the bandhas could be beneficial … Continue reading Bandhas – directing energy in yoga.
Today was walking pranayama practice. Pranayama is the physical practice that develops the body’s ability to process O2 and prana (the ‘Breath of GOD’) for improved health and vitality. The act of breathing occurs on a minimally basic level in order to sustain life. However, breathing consciously increases the ability of the body’s ability to … Continue reading Not breathing is not an option . . . .
This is a question that was posed to me about one of my comments on LinkedIn. Question: Hi, Would you tell me (Yoga begins at the ending and ends at the beginning) in detail? I could not understand the exact meaning and sir I would like to communicate though my email - firstname.lastname@example.org. Would you … Continue reading The Cycle of Breath and Energy