The Yoga of Breathing:
“These processes are taught in their depth because transforming inner energies are very important to stabilize the body and the mind.” Sadhguru
In yoga, the practice of breath control is Pranayama.
What Pranayama means:
1. Prana: breath, considered as a life-giving force.
2. yama (or ayama): expansion or breadth
Together “Prana” and “yama” is most often translated as: Mastery of Life Force
*By extending (ayama) vital life force (prana) throughout the body… one extends one’s life, as well as range of frequency.
The 5 Types of Prana:
1. Prana Vayu – governs intake, inspiration and forward movement
2. Samana Vayu – governs assimilations, inner absorption
3. Udana Vayu – governs growth, speech and upward movement
4. Apana Vayu – governs elimination, downward movement
5. Vyana Vayu – governs circulation on all levels
*Gaining mastery over these you can free yourself from many ailments, especially psychological ones.
Through Yoga, and Pranayama in particular, we are able to practice mental, physical and spiritual exercises which are meant to connect us with the field of unlimited intelligence (see below for info on the Akashic field).
By gradually becoming a partner to nature (our own innate nature most of all), we begin to yield some truly impressive results; more aliveness, greater self-expression, and access to an internal power-source we may never have been aware of before.
“The breath… is possibly the most significant doorway into controlling one’s health.”
The Four Parts of the Breath:
• Inhalation (puraka)
• Internal retention (antara-khumbaka)
• Exhalation (rechaka)
• External retention (bahya-khumbaka)
*One must fully exhale in order to take in a new breath.
Types of Pranayama Breathing:
Agni Sara Breathing – AKA Fire Breath
Agni Sara Breathing often uses one nostril - at a time in a slow and rhythmic style - that makes it an easy place to begin for new practitioners of pranayama yoga.
Bhastrika Breathing – AKA Bellows Breath
Bhastrika Breathing is the strong contraction (exhalation) and the strong expansion (inhalation) of the breath – much like a bellows. This technique is good for detoxifying and energizing the body.
Bhramari Breathing – AKA Bee Breath
Bhramari directs the mind to focus inward as the eyes and ears are closed. This technique is good for calming anxiety and also helps with concentration and memory.
Kapalabhati Breathing – AKA Skull Shining Breath
Skull breath is one of the Shatkarmas (six purifications).
Kapala (skull) Bhati (light) breathing emphasizes strong, fast exhalations – so as to have a cleansing effect. This technique is said to clear the rubbish out of organs.
Nadi Shodhana Breathing – AKA Alternate Nostril Breathing
Nadi (Subtle energy) Shadhana (Purification) Breathing is a technique that balances the nadis. It balances both hemispheres of the brain and is often used for instant relaxation.
Nauli breathing is one of the Shatkarmas (six purifications)
Nauli Breathing is a vigorous exercise that tones the entire abdominal area. It also stimulates the Manipura Chakar – the Personal Power Chakra.
*This is an advanced technique that should be taught by a qualified yoga instructor.
Samavritti Breathing – AKA Square Breathing
Samavritti means “Equal Ratio”.
Samavritti Breathing focuses on 4 parts of the breath equally so that they are of equal length. This technique is often taught and used by the US Navy Seal teams in order to calm themselves under periods of heavy duress.
Ujjayi Breathing – AKA Ocean Breath
Ujjayi breathing is part of Ashtanga Yoga.
Ujjayi Breathing is a stabilizing practice that is used to remind us not to rush through a practice.
The Akashic Field:
The Akashic field is a light band frequency which permeates everything and contains all of the information of our reality. It exists beyond space/time, and is what we tap into when inspiration strikes.
Breath Yoga aims to tap into this field by creating a unified frequency resonance within your entire being – Body, Mind, and Spirit.
Try it… who knows… maybe you'll discover that next great invention.
Below are some cool and interesting links:
(these are totally independent sites with zero connection to the Storyteller or StoriesByExe.com)
What is Pranayama:
What is Prana:
Pranayama Exercises & Poses:
On the Akashic Records:
Experiment with Kids – Turning Sound into Light and Back Again: