Breathe!—When I breath in a deep, slow and intentional way, even the most difficult of situations becomes more manageable—growth-filled even. But when I allow the breath to become habitually shallow or strained, even tasks that would otherwise be simple or effortless are defined by varying degrees of suffering.
To a yogi, the breath is the key that unlocks the heavy doors that keep the unconscious mind far from our awareness. A hatha or restorative yoga class offers basic breathing techniques that go a long way toward liberating the mind and body from the heavy burden of the ego but when a student of yoga is ready to really delve into the unconscious mind and look squarely at the psychological, emotional and physical clutter that have been stored there for many years, more advanced breathing techniques are employed.
Conscious, deep and regulated breathing is to the ego what a grain of sand is to an oyster. Initially agitating, but ultimately resulting in a pearl.
There are many advanced breathing techniques available, but not all of those techniques are suited for our western lifestyles. So I developed a technique called Pranic Breathing, which is rooted in the ancient yogic practice commonly called Kriya Yoga, but modified for modern yogis.
This powerful yet simple technique greatly increasing the amount of oxygen circulating in the blood and the amount prana (life energy) moving through the energy body to release deeply held blocks and age old patterns (samskaras).
When the student comes in touch with the finer forces called prana he can learn to control his mind, for it is tightly fastened to prana like a kite to a string. When the string is held skillfully, the kite, which wants to fly here and there, is controlled and flies in the direction desired.
- The Breath of Life
- Yogic Breathing: Essential Books that Explore the Practice of Pranayama
- The Psychology of Breathing
- Understanding the Psychology of Breathing
- Pranic Breathing