Breath is our entire being!
Wealth, possessions, relationships, power, prestige, hopes, and plans are useless unless you are breathing! The breath controls the mind, the mind controls the body and it's responses. Master the breath and you can control your emotions and reactions. The foremost principle of Yoga is the breath.
There is a major emphasis on breath in my classes and various breathing techniques are explored and taught. Learning and mastering different ways to breathe greatly empowers us in a multitude of ways, enabling us to make changes in our lives that are truely beneficial.
What is it? What can it do for you?
Meditation is the process of controlling and transcending the waves of the mind; often described as the monkey mind and the endless thought processes. Meditation is akin to taking a mental shower. It's a cleanser for the subconscious mind. When meditating, you don't necessarily stop thinking but it’s the gaps between thoughts which become longer with time that allow you to start noticing and feeling the stillness within. Consequently you learn to stop reacting to the unceasing flow of the mind. As your meditation practice develops you begin connect to the reality that is really you.
Meditation has numerous benefits and these are just a few of them:
- Promotes a sense of well-being, inner peace, stability, and calm as we start to observe rather than reacting all the time.
- Helps us to develop a neutral mind.
- Releases us from reacting to unconscious habits, subconscious fears and blocks, and builds the spontaneous and intuitive link to awareness itself.
- Promotes clarity and mental awareness, and the ability to be present.
- Takes us from a finite to an Infinite perception of reality.
Types of Meditation
There are many ways to meditate. Mindful breath meditation, mantras, guided visualizations, use of mala beads. All can help focus the mind.
Find one that that works for you and begin to feel the difference within yourself and your interaction with others.
In my classes we work mainly with mindful breath meditation using the the breath as an object of concentration. By becoming focused on the breath we quickly become aware of the mind’s tendency to jump endlessly from one thought to another. The simple discipline of concentrating on our breath and returning to it when we wander brings us into the present moment. Breath is the greatest antidote to restlessness and anxiety. An easy way to relax and positively effects our entire physical and mental state.