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The most important link between the body-mind  is breath. The science of breath is the subject of Swara Yoga. This most ancient science includes the subject of Pranayama and according to Indian mythology was handed down by Lord Shiva himself. Such a claim means that it is very ancient and authentic.

Half of the body-mind connection deals with the body and the other half, the mind.

As far as body awareness is concerned, the mechanics of postures and postural alignment belongs the subject of the Asanas and is abundantly available in varying degrees of intensities in yoga classes all across the globe. The science of breath is relatively unknown and by comparison, overlooked in most yoga classes. Although some basic breathing exercises are taught, the science of breath is largely unavailable.

Below is a diagram of some of the elements involved in  breathing.

 Since Breathing is half of the body-mind complex, the practice of breathing is vitally important in any yoga practice, or any exercise program for that matter.

one cannot understand the nature or the mind without or the control the mind without the in-depth practice and study of the breath on a physical, energetic, and emotional and mental level.

This is easily understood when one studies the Pancha Koshas the five sheaths of the human person. In particular the pranamaya kosha.

By studying, practicing and knowing the subtleties of the breath, one comes to know when it is appropriate to

bulleteat or drink.
bullethow to enhance sleep.
bullethow to have proper digestion.

specific breathing techniques for such principles as the Yamas

bulletAhimsa - non violence or
bulletSatyam - practice of truthfulness or
bulletAsteya- non theft
bulletBrahmacharya - countenance (loose translation)
bulletAparigraha - letting go, or non-hoarding

Many more techniques come under the Niyamas

Even the practice of Ishwara Pranidhana - surrendering to god (rough translation) also implied meaning is surrender to the teacher within.

These are all subjects within the science of breath - Swara Yoga.

As much as we are aware of the physical postures that presently the accepts concept of yoga, breath is even subtler and makes the connection with the mind.

Definition: The practice of Yoga begins in the mind and through the medium of the breath become manifest in the body.

There is a complex science behind breathing with far reaching benefits for physical, emotional, and mental conditions.

Physical- in controlling the autonomic nervous system, deep 'relaxation' of the gross and soft muscles, balancing the endocrine system.

Emotional and mental conditions - stress arising from anxieties, worries, anger, grief, fears, insecurities, loneliness, boredom, depressions, hopelessness, breaking through resistances in life and many more conditions.

We, at Echoes of life have been teaching the science of breath alongside postures with the emphasis on how to use the breath to ease the body into the posture, and enhance the flexibility of the body. In addition, we teach deepening meditation techniques using the step by step instruction in controlling the senses and mind.

 

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