Cleansing Breath

During these days when the air quality in San Francisco is often compromised by the smoke from the fires up north, it is especially important to take care of the respiratory system.  Jala Neti, or nasal wash, is an excellent way to keep the nasal passages clean of any unhealthy particles from the air.  You will likely feel a noticeable difference in the condition of that area and it can be done in times like these with no side effects.

Kapalabhati is also highly recommended for its cleansing effects, speeding up the elimination of CO2 and any excess mucous or toxins that may have accumulated in the nasal passages.  This is best practiced with windows closed if the air quality is not healthy.  Prana itself cannot be polluted so we can be assured that Kapalabhati will always charge the subtle energy body with life force that heals and builds immunity.

2017-10-19T19:04:06+00:00 October 19th, 2017|1 Comment

Mantra and Breath

One of my favorite ways of deepening the breathing practices is to repeat a mantra along with the inhale and exhale to create a steady rhythm.  The rhythmic breathing calms the nervous system and the mantra vibrates peace throughout the whole body-mind, drawing the attention inward for meditation.
Ommm, Prem

2017-10-16T20:09:49+00:00 October 16th, 2017|Comments Off on Mantra and Breath

Benefits of Pranayama

“Pranayama helps to purify the system and to calm and regulate the mind. It purifies
the nervous system and eliminates toxins from the body and blood. It helps in
the curing of asthma, consumption, and other respiratory disorders. With proper
breathing you can eliminate the excess mucous which causes most hay fever and
sinus discomfort. You can exhilarate the blood circulation and stimulate the entire
body quickly. Pranayama produces lightness of body, alertness of mind, good
appetite, proper digestion, and sound sleep.”

Sri Swami Satchidananda

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A Focused Practice

The primary Pranayama practices we teach, Kapalabhati — rapid abdominal breathing, and Nadi Suddhi — alternate nostril breathing, can be developed to very advanced levels with regular, focused practice.  The breath can become so deep, slow and subtle that the mind is strongly influenced toward stillness.  At advanced stages, the breath actually pauses for brief periods and all mental movement diminishes, inducing a natural meditative state.

2017-10-06T18:30:21+00:00 October 6th, 2017|Comments Off on A Focused Practice