A Journey to Breathing…

An overall view and understanding of ‘Breath’

Hello we’re back, still breathing!

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This month we are talking about the BREATH.

Last month was Learning Styles, the previous was Fixation (you would have received your free copy of our 80 Page LookBook by now too) …. and September dives on in about Resistance! 

All of our topics roll into the other, and we invite guest authors to compose either one email/letter or a whole series for the month. This may very well be you who is on the list to be a writer! 

Let’s start this JOURNEY…. this is way more than a breathing exercise, read on and you are sure to learn about origins of breathing techniques. Once again authored by Himanshu Rai.


Please read on!
 

Starting with a deep breath…. the magic number for the beginners can be 3. What that means is try to consciously control your breathing in a way wherein your inhalation, retention, and exhalation all have taken three seconds each to perform.

 

To get an overall view and understanding of ‘Breath’ we shall dive into the eastern yogic literature which has more elaborated content…Don’t worry guys I don’t like to read heavy stuff myself I am going to make it as interesting and informative at the same time. I will be introducing some terms that some of you may be familiar with as well. 
 

  • Prana: India or Sanskrit literature
  • Chii/cchi: China
  • Ki: Japan
  • Mana: Indonesia


There’s a very interesting story mentioned in the Vedic literature (Chandogya Upanishad) to show the importance of breath. Once all the senses were having a strong dispute, who among them is the most essential. So, the eyes left for a year and came back and asked everyone how everyone was doing without them. Similarly, when the turn came for breath (Prana) for leaving, everyone understood its importance. For when it is lost, there is no purpose of all the senses.


As humans, we have the innate tendency to save things that are precious to us. Now that we understand the importance of breath, let us take this into consideration and be grateful that we are still breathing
 

Animals such as dogs/cheetah in comparison to that of turtles or whales differ … A cheetah has the breath cycle of 60-150 breaths per minute in comparison to that of three to four breaths per minute. Whereas most of us take 12-20 breaths per mins. It can go till 45 under strenuous exercise.


The other day I was watching a documentary on the people who survived the deadliest accidents but lost one or more of their senses. An injury to the brain may take away the power of sight or hearing. In those situations, one can still learn and grow. Our breath keeps on reminding us that we are still alive and there are tonnes of possibilities out there.



​Something to think about:

Similarly, every now and then we face difficulties, face up against the wall. Let our breath bring us back to the reality, that we are alive and we can change.

Only till the time, we have Prana within us we are referred to by our names. As soon as we take our last breath, we are referred to as this/that body and our names are forgotten.


 

“With every breath, you inhale, focus on all the things that you want to Learn

With every exhalation, set yourself free from all the things that stop you from growing”



Love to You All, Himanshu
(and Penny too! x)

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