Join me at my pop-up breath work classes once a month either on-line or at the Coastguards Studio.
Conscious breathing is my anchor, in practice, breathe-work (pranayama) is a connection, a bridge, between the body and the mind. We must first work on and prepare with pranayama before attempting to move into the state of meditation.
In mediation, we discover our inherent restlessness. Sometimes we get up and leave. Sometimes we sit there but our bodies wriggle and squirm and our minds go far away. This can be so uncomfortable that we feel it's impossible to stay. Yet this feeling can teach us not just about ourselves, but what it is to be human…
It goes against all grain to stay present. Theses are times when only gentleness and a sense of humour can give us the strength to settle down. So whenever we wonder off, we have to gently encourage ourselves to “stay” present and settle. Are we experiencing restlessness? Stay! Are fear and anger loathing out of control Stay! Aching hips and knees “Stay: Throbbing back Stay! What's for lunch Stay! I can’t stand this another minute Stay! Pema Chodron 1936
The in-breath should be long, subtle, deep, rhythmic, and even. The energising ingredients of the atmosphere percolate into the cells of the lungs and rejuvenate life.
The slow discharge of air in the exhalation carries out accumulated toxins.
By pausing after the out-breathe, according to one's capacity, all stresses are purged and drained away.
Both Kumbhaka (breath retention) cleanses the respiratory system. It cleanses the residual air or dead space air and alveolar air. It activates the respiratory centre in the brain. This is due to the increase in carbon dioxide during retention which triggers the brain for better oxygen retention and interchange.
The real mediation practise is how we live our lives from moment to moment to moment
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