The Yogi and the Breath

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In our yogi-life, breath plays an important role in the practice of Asanas. Coordinating movement of the breath and movement of the body, our Yoga practice becomes more harmonious: the breath deepens of its own accord and the body’s circulation and metabolism are stimulated. Proper use of the breath greatly enhances muscle relaxation by concentrating on tense areas of the body and consciously relaxing those parts with each exhalation.

 

As the objective of the Asanas is to harmonise the body and mind by consciously observing the physical and mental process as each movement (or relaxation) is done, Asanas are practiced with awareness to enable mental focus and a conscious understanding of the movement.

Asanas are performed in coordination with the breath. Movements that expand the chest and abdominal cavity are naturally connected with the inhalation, and the exhalation, with movements that narrow the chest and abdominal cavity. Once breath and physical movement of the body are synchronised, the nervous system remain calm, the capacity of the breath is increased, and frees us from physical and mental stress.

The more the breathing is normal in an asana, the more the physical asana can be hold, deepen, so the physical and spiritual experience. Thus, concentration is directed to the specific part of the body on which the exercise is working. The breath consciousness is also directed to this region of the body. The exhalation, coordinated with mula bandha, draws the energy to the core of the body, concentrates and increases energy, which will be used to build up and sustain asanas.

Mastering the breath is mastering the mind. The mind becomes focused, relaxed, quiet and clear.

Pranayama is a conscious, deliberate process to regulate and control the breath. With each breath, we absorb not only oxygen, but also Prana. Prana is life force, cosmic energy, a universal power that creates, preserves and changes, and contained in every thing around us. We absorb Prana in lots of way, mostly when we breathe and eat. That’s why a proper breathing is as important as a proper diet.

 

Physical Effects

  • Preservation of the body’s health
  • Purification of the blood
  • Increase vitality, physical detoxification
  • Improvement in the absorption of oxygen
  • Strengthen the lungs and heart
  • Regulation of blood pressure
  • Regulation of the nervous system
  • Support healing process and healing therapies
  • Increase resistance to infection & improve immunity

Mental Effects

  • Elimination of stress, nervousness and depression
  • Quietening of thoughts and emotions
  • Increase concentration, facilitate focus
  • Inner balance
  • Release of energy blockages

Spiritual Effects

  • Deepening of meditation
  • Awakening and purification of the Chakras
  • Expansion of consciousness
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