We live in a world where we are conditioned to think that we can access things outside of ourselves to attain happiness r fullfilment.
The goal of yoga is to connect to our core selves — no longer dependent upon the five senses or outside influences but capable of actually experiencing Truth. The practice of yoga helps with the discovery of the True Self by creating balance in the mind+body+soul. Yoga is a simple process of conserving, moving and generating energy for the body and planet, in general.
Yoga translates to yoking. Yoking means to mix and merry so that the mind+body+soul are one. Yoga is often explained using a tree.
8 LIMBS OF YOGA:
Control of breath
Control of senses
Concentration and cultivating inner perceptual awareness
Devotion meditation on the divine
Union with the divine
One of the most important limbs of yoga is control of breath. Pranayama is control of breath in Sanskrit, an ancient Indian language. “Prana” is Breath or vital energy in the body. On subtle levels prana represents the pranic energy responsible for life or life force, and “ayama” means control. So, Pranayama is “Control of Breath.”
Practice Breath Control/Create Energy:
Sit in a comfortable seat. Gently pull your spine up tall — gently reaching the crown of your head up toward the ceiling as if there is an invisible string pulling the crown up. Slide your shoulder blades down your back, creating space from shoulders to ears. Put your hands on your lap face up or down. Close your eyes and part your mouth a bit.
Deeply take in air through the nose down into your belly for 3 or 4 seconds and exhale the air from belly/diaphragm out through the nose.
Repeat 5 times.
To help stay focused on breath, pay attention to the sensation of the air touching the skin or how the air makes the torso rise and fall.
The sensation of breath control is invigorating, no?