Breathe # Feel Good Friday

BREATH is Life. He who controls breath controls LIFE.
When the breath is controlled, the mind is controlled.
When PRANA is met and conquered, one gains ascendancy over death.

Prana, the vital breath, is born of Self. Like a person and his shadow, the Self and the Prana are inseparable. Prana enters the body at birth but does not die with the body.

Pranagnihotra Upanishad

Sun Salutaion

 A gorgeous sunrise and there is no better time to do Sun Salutation.

morning_ns

O seeker, know the true nature of your soul,
and identify yourself with it completely.
O Lord, (may we attain) the everlasting consciousness
of Supreme Light and Joy.
May we resolve to dedicate our life
to the service of humankind,
and uplift them to Divinity.

-Yajur Veda

Experience the Yoga

Two decades back it was very hard to get information about Yoga. There was no Google and hardly few yoga websites existed. So all I did was borrowed available books from the library, read whatever I could and did my swadhyaya(learn yourself).  Later for my own good, I started Ashtanga yoga website. During that time I came to know about early Ashtanga Yoga practitioners like David Swenson, Beryl Bender Birch, and few others. Now all the information is at our fingertips, but that doesn’t translate doing meditation and reading meditation is the same. We still have to practice it to experience it.

Yogah Karmasu Kaushalam – Excellence in action is Yoga

Recently I watched David Swanson interview. In the interview, he talks about modifying yoga for the not so young community. Yoga asanas may not come as easy as it used to be but still with modification one can maintain yoga routine.

Here are few more yoga links.

  • Ashtanga Yoga teacher, Pranidhi who has some wonderful videos and yoga music.
  • Yoga with Subhash, which has a lot of information about practicing yoga.

Daily Yoga Practice

There were days when I felt good or not so good, energetic or not so energetic, busy or not so busy, but somehow I’ve always squeezed my yoga practice in my schedule and never stopped completely. I modified and practiced. Sometimes I spent more time on asana practice and othertimes more time on pranayama. But never stopped. It always feels good when you keep it as a part of your daily routine. It becomes a habit that too a good one. After decades of practice now I know how my body responds to different postures. Always listen to your body. You will find your rythm.

Mind is the master of the senses, Prana (vital air or breath) is the master of Mind and Laya is the master of Prana. That Laya is dependent on the Subtle Sound (naad).

– Hatha Yoga Pradeepika

These days for many, Yoga meaning Asana practice. But it’s not. It is just a part of Yoga. Yoga has made it’s way into many religions, cultures with a twist. But no matter who says what, India is the homeland of Yoga. Recently came across Rajiv Malhotra’s interview with Brook Boone, ‘Holy Yoga’ founder and another one with Yoga with white Hindu. Interesting conversation.

Also came across this article about  Lost Posture: Why Some Indigenous Cultures May Not Have Back Pain.

Yoga and the sacred syllable OM

The goal which all the Vedas declare, which all austerities aim at, and which men desire when they lead the life of continence, I will tell you briefly: it is OM. This syllable OM is indeed Brahman. This syllable is the Highest. Whosoever knows this syllable obtains all that he desires. This is the best support; this is the highest support. Whosoever knows this support is adored in the world of Brahma. — Katha Upanishad I, ii, 15-17

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This is the beautiful Chennakeshava temple in Belur, India, built in 10th century.

” OM (AUM) is such a sound, the basis of all sounds.The first letter A is the root sound, key, pronounced without touching any part of the tongue or palate; M represents the last sound in the series being produced with closed lips, and U rolls from the very root to the end of the sounding-board of the mouth. Thus Om represents the whole phenomenon of sound production”, according to Swami Vivekananda.

Read more here.

Also, this pilot credits yoga for keeping her calm.

25-year-old Maria Fagerström from Lund in Sweden is an airline pilot who has 240,000 followers on Instagram.

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