Lengthening one's life force via the breath(PRANAYAMA)
The breath is essential because it is the cells that desire the breath(PRANAYAMA)…& when air enters the body it takes various paths through the body; moving through different passages, chambers, tubes, organs, and gradually off into smaller and smaller tributaries(a stream that flows into a large stream or other body of water) until it reaches our cells.
Cells need energy, and they get it from the nutrients we consume, through a constant supply of oxygen. Oxygen rides on the back of.the hemoglobin in our blood, until it reaches tiny thin-walled capillaries. It is at this level of the capillaries that oxygen is given up into the tissue, and exchanged for carbon dioxide. This deoxygenated blood flows back through the veins, traveling into larger and larger blood vessels until it reaches where once again it is pumped into the lungs to receive new oxygen.
Now consider it takes seven years for all the cells in your bodies to regenerate, and that every 363 days every ten billion trillion atoms are regenerated in your body…hmmh and to consider that atoms produces molecules, molecules produce cells, cells produce tissues, tissues make up organs, and organs the organ system (small/large intestines, liver, kidney, ecetera…), and organ system the organism (human body)……almost a new atom every day, we are walking possibilities of newness – and it is excellent soil for what we call miracles, magic, and mystery to manifest into.
Now consider like the human body that the spirit, soul, mind, and emotional bodies for the sake of conversation have similar levels of connective intricacies all working together for the betterment and greater good of all our parts that make us us.
This awareness and commitment to breathing into ourselves with focus intentions will further develop one’s personal, and our collective consciousness, resulting in each of us taking responsibility for the energies we bring into any space, while holding space for and in the best possibilities available for ourselves at every stage of our lives...
Remember that the breath (PRANAYAMA) means: PRANA - LIFE FORCE AYAMA - LENGTHENING Hence by intentionally focusing our breathing we are lengthening our life force; the energy given to us that is the source of all things being human/living. TIP: Alternate Nostrils Breathing This type of breathing has to beneficial aspects; cool/calming the body & warming the body.
Nadi (channel) Shodhana(cleaning, purifying) (nah-dee show-DAH-nah) nadishodhana = cleaning, purifying Nadi Shodhana, or “alternate nostril breathing,” is a simple yet powerful technique that settles the mind, body, and emotions.
You can use it to quiet your mind before beginning a meditation practice, and it is particularly helpful to ease racing thoughts if you are experiencing anxiety, stress, or having trouble falling asleep. There are several different styles of Nadi Shodhana, but they all serve the purpose of creating balance and regulating the flow of air through your nasal passages. In fact, the term Nadi Shodhana means “clearing the channels of circulation.” Benefits of Alternate Nostril Breathing: With just a few minutes of alternate nostril breathing, you can restore balance and ease in the mind and body. Sometimes when we feel frazzled or find ourselves doing too many things at once, it’s because energetically, we are out of alignment. This breath is great for restoring that necessary balance. In addition to calming the mind and reversing stress, alternate nostril breathing also:
Improves our ability to focus the mind
Supports our lungs and respiratory functions
Restores balance in the left and right hemispheres of the brain, and clears the energetic channels Rejuvenates the nervous system
Whether you’re nervous about a project or presentation, anxious about a conversation, or just generally stressed out, Nadi Shodhana is a quick and calming way to bring you back to your center. If you find it difficult to settle into your meditations, try moving through a few rounds first, then remain seated and shift directly into stillness; this should help to ground you before meditation.