Pranayama: May our Breath Be Our Prayer with Nubia Teixeira
Within the yogic context, the breath is much more than the oxygen we breathe. The breath is the life force that enlivens our physical bodies and it is the power that awakens the latent abilities in our human incarnation.
The breath links our body to our mind. It unites our inner and outer environments and it connects us to the sacred source of inspiration.By allowing this divine source to penetrate our awareness and our body through the senses and through the mind, we are communing with creation. In every cycle of spontaneous breath we can find an oracle, if we wish, filled with the divine essence.
The Sanskrit term for this invisible force that is present in nature is prana, and pranayama is the deliberate control of this force within the body for evolutionary and involutionary purposes.
Prana innately teaches us the concepts of union and interdependence; union as we return over and over again to this life force source for nourishment and interdependency as we realize that we, along with all other sentient beings, are drinking from the same source of life.
The power of prana is present in the light of the sun, in the air that we breathe, in the food that we eat and in the water that we drink. The purer the natural source, the more prana it will contain. Prana is also beyond this manifested realm that we live in. It comes from a universal source and as a universal intelligence, it is more refined and more subtle than we can perceive from our five senses. This force is ever-present within every human, nourishing our physical and spiritual lives.
Because prana is most present in the air and is transported by manas shakti, or mental force, the practice of pranayama is the most effective way to move the prana in the physical body. The practice of pranayama allows us to access and transport psychic energy into our meridians of energy (nadis) and into our chakras (vortexes of light).
As a complete yoga system (Prana Vidya) in itself, pranayama works on the four main layers of one’s individual being; the physical body (annamaya kosha); the energetic body ( pranamaya kosha); the mental body (manomya kosha) and in on our causal or memory body (vijnanamaya kosha). It allows us, via meditation, to enter the fifth layer or body of bliss (anandamaya kosha).
Breathing is both a voluntary and an involuntary process. We can learn how to observe the natural flow of the breath instead of controlling it. This contemplating of the spontaneous flow of the breath is called Sahaja pranayama. Watching the natural flow of the breath can guide us in our inner journey of studying the self. Another way of practicing is to learn how to control the breathing process and extend the breath at will and with purpose. These practices are based on the teachings of the ancient sages who left us a variety of breathing techniques to use wisely and effectively.
There are some controlled breathing practices that will balance and/or energize some of our systems in our bodies; others that will calm down and /or strengthen our nervous system; and others that will be restorative and/or uplifting.
In our practices with different types of pranayama, we will be balancing and activating different parts of our body and brain and ultimately, using these different breathing techniques as medicines for the physical body, for the emotional heart and for the intellectual mind.
Pranayama is a gift of cleansing, re-purposing, and uniting the individual heart to the universal Heart.
“Nubia’s wise and warmhearted presence makes her a skillful, compassionate guide with a delightful Brazilian twist!”
Tara Bennett-Goleman, Author of Emotional Alchemy.
Join Nubia and her students bright and Early for 4 sessions of Pranayama and Bhakti Yoga.
Saturday, May 19 through June 9th 6:30 AM – 7:30 AM. namaste