Sunday, July 26, 2020

Pranayama - A Transformational breathwork Training!

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Pranayama - A Transformational Breathing


There is a saying in yoga that without the breath, there is no yoga. Certainly, that reminds us that it's through breath training that we enter into a deeper aspect of our own lives and being. There are many benefits in doing that working with the breath is a healing process working with the breath makes us more sensitive to our internal, maybe states of being and working with the breath remind us that there is something living miraculously in our own beings that can be touched and voluntarily managed through breath awareness.

We are in the process of learning something about how yoga student Orient's themselves to breathing in basic yoga breathwork.

It's important to divide breath work into two parts:

  •  one part we might call breath training
  •  the second part we might call pranayama

these two aspects of breathwork complement one another but breath training serves as the foundation. Pranayama is the elaboration so an important step for every yoga student is to get started by working with the mechanics of their own breath how does a person breathe well, of course, this can be a kind of nervous making process if I think that I'm going to go in and examine my breath and perhaps even make adjustments to it.

 I might become more and more nervous about the whole idea and just leave it up to nature and not interfere but nature made the breath is a kind of doorway and that doorway is something that we can enter we can enter into our own selves through that breath awareness how the first step is simply to become aware of breathing the breath flows in and out.

Breath Training

it's not necessary to be aware of your breathing in a critical way but it is helpful to be aware of the breath in a way that allows you to access it as a means for working with yourself and that means becoming aware of breathing the two great streams of breath complement one another the exhalation cleanses the inhalation nourishes and so these two breaths one after the other again and again are constantly doing their work cleansing and then nourishing carrying away wastes and replenishing with fresh the energy I've sometimes thought about this wondering if these two small breaths can really ever get the job done

 

One exhalation and one inhalation takes just a number of seconds and yet we imagine that by breathing and becoming aware of the breath we do something remarkably helpful to ourselves there are a number of ways of thinking about it but one simple way is thinking about the amount of time, it takes to breathe.

If you examine your breath you'll find that you are breathing about 10 to 15 breaths in a minute those 10 or 15 breaths in a minute add up by the end of the day you breathed 21,000 times 21,000 breaths each cleansing and nourishing each emptying and filling the first stage in working with the breath and is simply to feel these two great processes within you and as you feel these two great breaths

 

They perform their function without you being required to do anything beyond that bringing awareness to breathing, however, does change it a bit it changes it because whenever we're aware of something we naturally begin to ask questions about it what is good breathing am I breathing well if I am breathing well or not so well what can I do

 

Change it and if I improve the quality of my breathing what benefits does it have one of the first stages to discover breathing is to recognize that improving the quality of breathing improves the quality of life and so after we have begun to sense the breath and become aware of it the next step is to learn just a little bit more about how to breathe

There is a muscle that muscle called the diaphragm lies beneath the lungs it's responsible for everyday breathing and when the diaphragm the muscle beneath the lung contracts it draws the thoracic cavity in the base of the lungs down when the muscle relaxes in turn it's drawn back up by the elasticity of the lungs and so the diaphragm contracts the lungs fill the diaphragm relaxes the lungs empty I can begin to feel that movement and

 

Particularly in breath training I'd like to do that in a reclining position lying on the floor either on your back or on your stomach so that you can feel these deep movements of the diaphragm within your own body after a certain period of training you'll become used to the idea that when the diaphragm contracts and the lungs fill the abdomen expands as well depending on your posture and this is where breathing breath training becomes a little bit more sophisticated depending on your posture.

You may also feel the expansion of your ribcage along the sides and even in the back so in the process of training your body to breathe you are simply learning to recognize the signs of good breathing and a good yoga teacher will help you recognize those signs without making for nervousness or discomfort but rather simply the feeling of the flow of the breath again and again in an unbroken relaxed stream.

 

One more step of course breath training takes time and over that time you'll have the opportunity to view your breath again and again but one further step is helpful and that further step is the idea that at the end of the inhalation the exhalation begins at the end of the exhalation the inhalation begins.

 There's a relaxed smooth the connection from breath to breath you'll begin to sense that you are really not a breather what you began thinking about was true all along your body breathes and as that breath flows on and in its smoothly is woven from breath to breath in the process, you'll discover that your mind relaxes.

So breath training is a process that leads from simple awareness of the breath to a relaxed sense of mechanics of breathing to a most remarkable thing your mind relaxing and being the observer of your own relaxed nervous system at that point you're then ready for pranayama most of us have some idea of what that pranayama consists of breathing practices like nadi shodhana

These are all styles of breathing alternate nostril breathing each of those has their own place to play in meditation practice in relaxation practices in the cleansing practices that rejuvenate us and give us the sense that our lungs are clean and healthy and most important practices that lead us to a relaxed inner concentration so breath training pranayama these complement one another one leads to the next.

 

So, finally, we go beyond the breath and discover that our journey was always about finding our self.

 

 I hope you liked reading this post if you are still awake :D Please share with your loved ones and bring the change into there lives.

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