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BREATHE LONG AND DEEP

 

In a stress filled world a method of calming upset emotions and relieving exhaustion is essential and easily acquired. Control of the breath. Breath is one of the primary signs of life. It is a method of calming the nerves and controlling the mind. When the chatter of the mind is calmed the body follows. The pace of most of our lives has increased. Pollution has become a serious problem almost everywhere. A really good natural breath is not as easy to get as it used to be.

THE BREATH CONTROLS THE MIND. CONTROL YOUR BREATH AND CONTROL YOUR MIND. 

Basic Pranayama or Breathwork is described below. Many more exist.Do you breathe through your mouth or your nose? Have you ever thought about it? Do you feel your breath all the way down into your abdomen? A really good breath should be deep and complete. The lungs should be filled completely. It should be a slow act. The flow of air should be uniform and the time taken for each breath should be the same. Exhalation should be slow, deep and empty the lungs to the maximum extent. From ancient times mankind has known that breath and stress (physical and emotional) are related. Long deep breathing is fine for anyone.


BREATHE LONG AND DEEP

Sit with your spine straight or lay on the floor with your spine straight. Exhale all the air out of your lungs through your nose by contracting your navel point back toward the spine. Now inhale deep pushing the navel point out and expanding the lower one third of your lungs (the most important part) then consciously move your ribs out of the way and expand the middle portion of your lungs. Then expand the upper 1/3rd of your lungs and upon reaching the full inhalation contract the navel once again and force all the air out through your nose. There should be no hesitation between the inhale and the exhale. Concentrate on expanding and lengthening the breath. Keep your mind focused on the breath, use a mantra (spiritual words to be recited or sung) to focus if you like.

 

Yogic breathing is called pranayama. Pranayama is part of all yogas and is one of the practices of kundalini yoga. Prayanama is the art of controlling the prana (life force). It is the fourth rung on Patanjali's eight-fold ladder of yoga. Patanjali is the author of the yoga sutras, the most ancient written text on the yogic path to enlightenment. Sutra literally means, "thread". The sutras are very short concise statements meant to be explained in detail by a teacher to a student.

 

Correct long deep breathing is for anyone. .

Energize with Breathe of Fire -

All inhales and exhales on a breathe count as one breathe.

 

Breath of Fire - is a continuous breath through the nose with two to three breaths per second. The focus of the energy of the breath is on the exhale, done by contracting the navel back to the spine- don't worry about the inhale just pull the navel in. Relax and let the air automatically. Create a steady rhythm. Breath of fire cleanses the blood and energizes the mind and body. It can be done seated or standing alone or any position a yoga set requires (People often take breaks - a breath break can see you through a taxing day or situation naturally.

Weight and Balance Control with Breath

People who have no control over their metabolism cannot control their eating. It is a problem for many people. This breath exercise (pranayama) works to balance the metabolism and control eating. Sit in Easy Crossed Legged Posture on in a comfortable chair. Try to keep the spine straight. Close off the right nostril. Breath continuously through the left nostril. Breath long and deep thru the left nostril.

Alternate Nostril Breathing - Nadi Sodhana

Sat Jiwan Singh often STARTED his yoga classes with this breath. Sit in Easy Crossed Legged Posture on in a comfortable chair. Try to keep the spine straight. Do long deep breathing through one nostril at a time beginning with the LEFT nostril. Close off the right nostril. Do long deep breathing thru the left nostril (it calms you) for 3 minutes. Rest 10 seconds Close off the left nostril and repeat long deep breathing with the RIght nostril ( it energizes you).

Nostrils play a major role in energizing and balancing your brain. Ancient yogis and modern medical studies agree. Your nostrils switch dominance every 2 1/2 hours and help your brain and body to balance with the cycle. Only one nostril is dominant during it's cycle. The nadis (energy channels) in your RIGHT nostril stimulate your sympathetic nervous system. The nadis in your LEFT nostril stimulate the para-sympathetic nervous system.

The breath leads the mind, when the mind leads the body follows.

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