early childhood · Meditation and Mindfulness · Personal Practice · yoga

Pranayama – Breathing Practices

The fourth limb of the eight limb practice is breathing. I’m not talking about the automatic breathing we do subconsciously. I am talking about being mindful of our breathing. Prana means ‘life force’. This is because the breath is seen as the primary source of our life force. Ayama means ‘control’. So the Pranayama is the ability to control your life force by mastering your breathing practices. Focused and calm breathing is the corner stone of yoga. Most of the movements of yoga are intertwined with breath. It is so important to master your breathing before you try to master the withdrawal of the senses. It is easy to put this limb into practice. Bring attention to your breath. Inhale, Exhale. Notice what your breath feels like. Do you get restless? Is there any constriction? Breath into yourself and allow your mind to relax.

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I have added some websites that have some wonderful breathing exercises.

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