The effect of rhythmic, even and conscious breathing changes the brainwave pattern powerfully. Slowing down the breath to 8 breaths per minute moves you into a meditative, receptive, open state – where the everyday mind is in the background, and learning and intelligence is actually enhanced.
If you slow the breath rhythm to 6 breaths per minute the pituitary gland is stimulated. If you reduce it to 4 breaths per minute or less, the pineal gland activates the crown chakra – which is experiencing you infinity, your boundlessness, your oneness with all, your deepest expanded state.
Our first breath is the beginning and sets the experience of what we call life.. it is the real food of life, as it is more than oxygen and Co2 exchange, detoxing and energising, but it also is panic energy, prana coming in, which is life force in itself; and apana leaving the body, to release and clear out the old, no longer needed.
Conscious control or awareness of the breath is a vital aspect of the yogic life. The way you breathe is the way you live.
If you are scared your breath will become shallow. Clavicular breathing like that can cause a panic attack. The breath and mind are intricately interlinked. This life force, or prana, determines your radiance, presence, clarity, inner strength, centredness, physical health, auric health, and psychological wellbeing.
In Kundalini Yoga we have as a divine gift a wide spectrum of breath styles or breath signatures to explore, to experience balance, energy, restfulness, healing and deep insight.
I will emphasise as usual that breathing is mostly through the nose, techniques to anchor into the rhythm, to make it regular, to relax body parts for open easeful breathing … we will warm up and explore to our unique capacity.
The benefits are the same as for meditation: calmness, gentle euphoria (alignment with truth -inner peace, inner completion) and patience. We can be more present rather than rush through life.
Some breath styles:
Long Deep Breathing
Breath of Fire
(Just to name a few)
In Kundalini yoga we often use a specifc kriya to prepare us, and of course these include hand positions to align meridians, posture, inner focus and a sense of allowing into a mindful state.
This is totally my passion.
See you in class if you resonate!
Feel free to ask me questions there before or after class.
Much joy and deep Namaste,
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