Nothing ever goes away until it teaches us what we need to know - Pema Chodron
âBreathing for some may be monotonous process while for some it is a marvel.â
These simple words were said by one of my friends while we were discussing about life and its virtues. Easy they may sound, yet, had a deep impact on me and thus I thought of writing my post today on breathing.
All of us must have read in our science books that breathing is a process through which oxygen is supplied to our body. Also, through breathing, our body gets cleansed as it gets rid of toxins. The process of breathing is very simple and is continuing. And this is one of the reasons that we take it for granted as we do not realize the powerful impact; it has on our mind, body and soul.
The ancient yogis developed breathing techniques, better known as Pranayamas, to master this spiritual art. Controlling the Prana or the breath maximizes theÂ benefitsÂ of yoga practice and also increases the concentration. Ujjayi, dirgha pranayama, bhramari and nadi shodhana are to name a few. Besides, in every yoga posture, a yogi has to synchronize the body movements with the breaths he take.
This rhythm of pranic energy clears the mind with all distractions and helps in connecting with the spirit within. Calmness in breathing leads to a longer and healthier life as it reunites the life with conscience and body with the thoughts.
Joys, happiness, sorrows, emotions and feelings can all be controlled with our breath. It has been rightly said, âWhen you own your breath, nobody can steal your peace.â
Breathing, truly is a gift of God and we should cherish each and every breath we take. The following lines explain the beauty of this process better:
Inhale, and God approaches you. Hold the inhalation, and God remains with you. Exhale, and you approach God. Hold the exhalation, and surrender to God. ~Krishnamacharya
I honor the place in you in which
the entire universe dwells.
I honor the place in you which is of love,
of truth,of light and of peace.
When you are in that place in you and
I am in that place in me, we are one.
Swanand Yoga Studio had a photo and video shoot last sunday ! And they invited us over to come take pictures as the folks from Yelp did the video for the studio! As always, it is simply awesome to meet the studio owners and visit the space. We have been doing Yoga for foodies with Swanand for two months now and it is exciting to see the studio growing with each day and week. Way to go folks!
And as you can see from the pictures, the studio looks beautiful. Highly recommend that you visit the studio for a relaxing class of Â integral yoga!
We had the most popular Yoga for Foodies last night at Makara Studio! Woo hoo! Some 20-25 people showed up for the food after an awesome yoga class. The class was taught by a yoga teacher Keiko who was visiting from Japan. It was a relaxing class. And then we had some awesome sushi and soba noodles.
And yes, the food was sponsored by iFood.tv! A big shout out to them for supporting Yoga for Foodies and for community initiatives.
There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.- John Lennon
The soul always knows what to do to heal itself. The challenge is to silence the mind. - Caroline Myss
Nature does not work in models. Only one offs. There is no one remotely like you on earth. Yet there is “One.” The absolute condition of reality does not imply a diminishment of individuality at all. You are an individual playing in the One indivisible reality itself. How delightful. Your Yoga gives you both actualization of your unique intelligence, beauty and function of your individuation as well as your inherent intimacy with Reality itself. You are a flower blooming in your own garden. - Mark Whitwell
When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life. - John Lennon
The greatest and most important problems of life are all fundamentally insoluble. They can never be solved but only outgrown. -Carl Jung