Pranayama with Nubia Teixeira – May our Breath be Our Prayer
One of the most essential and vital functions of our bodies is the action of breathing. An average adult takes at least 20,000 breaths a day.
Without breath, there is no life to animate our physical bodies and without the understanding of the relevancy of the breathing process, we cannot take the most advantage of this bodily function. Breathing properly optimizes our level of vitality and supports us with purification and transformation.
The yogis of the past understood the importance of the breath; they foresaw how the process of breathing links our inner and outer worlds; and they used this bridge to reunite mind, body, and spirit.
The word Pranayama is derived from two Sanskrit terms: Prana which means vital energy; and Ayama, which means to control or/or to expand. The intention of the practice of Pranayama is to breathe in a conscious way, honoring of the life force within our physical bodies, and becoming aware of the supportive flow of energy that penetrates our bodies with the breath.
Via breathing exercises, we learn how to direct this special force inside of our own bodies for healing, for expanding our consciousness, and for personal spiritual growth.
Of course, the first step is to learn the rudimentary techniques and create a strong foundation to build upon. From the basics to the more advanced practices, we can gradually and naturally evolve with this practice and allow the practice of Pranayama to become a path within our larger Yoga practice.
Developing a relationship with the breath will facilitate the drawing in of the senses (Pratyahara) and provide us with a deeper connection to our the inner world. It might also support us with the awakening of the dormant sensations and/or memories within our awareness. With the understanding that, where there is breath there is light, we might be able to use these breathing techniques to awaken our latent potentials in order to give ourselves more fully to life and to others.
I like to approach breath work as a way to connect with the Divine within me and all around me, teaching Pranayama from technique to prayer.
“Prana, the vital energy present in the air that we breath is what links our inner and outer environments. This same force interconnects us with all of creation.Through our conscious breath, let us offer our healing light to all beings and recognize the sacred in ourselves and in all the manifested worlds. May our Breath be our Prayer.…”
Breathing can be both, a voluntary and an involuntary process. It started the moment we separated from our mother’s womb and became an individual that connected to the world around us. The first breath of life was probably the biggest breath we ever took and awoke the reality of our individuality and our uniqueness. That first breath was our first dialogue with life and it created a bridge between the human and the divine for us.
“The gods breathe along with the breath, as also humans and animals; the breath is the life of all beings. Therefore, it is called the Life of All. They who worship Brahman as breath attain to a full life, for the breath is the life of all beings. Therefore it is called the life of all. The breath is indeed the embodied soul of the physical body” (Taittiriya Upanishad 2.3.1)
To breathe deeply means to fully relate to the world around us, without fears, restrictions or reservations; to give us fully to others and relate to life with openness. It is by breathing fully that we open ourselves to universal energies and to others around us.
Join me this upcoming Saturday for an afternoon workshop at Yoga Mountain Fairfax
Sat Date: Feb 24 2018 From: 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
In this workshop, I will approach breathing techniques as a tool to develop self-knowledge and self-healing.
You will learn the foundational techniques of yogic breathing, and practice different types of pranayama that will create different results: soothing, balancing or energizing.
All levels are welcomed and more advanced practitioners will be given advanced variations.
More Learning through:
* Relaxation with conscious breathing
* Practice of Prana Kriya – Cleansing Breath Meditation
* Five different types of Breathing techniques that will support you for different needs
You will leave this afternoon with a better sense of well being and a bag full of breathing techniques to apply to your day to day life.
“Breath, verily, is food. The body is the ‘eater’ of that food. In breath is the body established; in the body is the breath established” (Taittiriya Upanishad ).