The average person can survive without food for a few weeks, go without water for a few days, but how long can you survive without breathing? Less than 2 minutes!!
Remembering the Importance of the Breath
Our life begins with a breath and ends with a breath. To breathe is to be alive! The relationship between the flow of energy and breath is recognized in many cultures around the world. The energy, or subtle, body can be influenced and transformed using specific breathing techniques. Through breath, vital energy enters the chakras (energy centers that connect our psychic and physical energy systems), nadis(channels for the flow of prana) and aura (an energy field of subtle luminous radiation that surrounds all living things). This flow of energy also animates the physical body.
In the yogic system, breathing exercises are called pranayama;prana means “vital energy” and yama means “control.” Therefore, in yoga, to breathe is to control vital energy!
Rhythmic breathing is a great exercise for relaxation and oxygenating the body. The yogis say that rhythmic-breathing exercises allow the body to reestablish its own natural rhythm and attune us more to the cosmic rhythm. Deep rhythmic-breathing exercises also allow the body to absorb much more oxygen, which is vital to the purity and health of our blood, organs and cells.
Rhythmic Belly-Breathing Exercise
Belly breathing, or abdominal breathing, massages the internal organs and develops life force energy. This exercise is done in a ratio of 1:1:1. To begin, use a count of four.
- Inhale slowly for a count of four.
- Hold your breath for a count of four.
- Exhale slowly for a count of four.
As your progress and concentration improves, gradually increase to a count of six, then eight. Breathe in through your nostrils, with your mouth closed, and allow the abdomen to expand like a balloon. Breathe out through your nostrils with your mouth closed, and pull your stomach in toward your spine. This exercise allows the natural life force in the air around you to be rhythmically supplied to your body and nervous system.
Until next time...have a high vibration day!
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