We can stimulate our brains and glandular system in different ways by dividing the inhalations and exhalations into several equal parts, with a slight suspension of the breath in between.
Instead of inhaling and exhaling motion, we break the breath up into segmented “sniffs.” It’s important not to pull the breath too deeply, causing the nostrils to collapse as we draw the air into the lungs. The breath should be relaxed and focused - directing your attention so that you
feel the breath moving along your air passages into your diaphragm.
When practiced properly, segmented breathing creates stable and
predictable influences on your state of mind and energy levels.
Ratios for Segmented Breathing
(Inhalation : Exhalation)
4:1 - healing, energizing, uplifting
4:4 - clarity, alertness, triggers glandular system
8:8 - calming, centering
8:4 - focusing, energizing
4:8 - calming, unblocking, releasing
4:1 Segmented Breath For Depression
1. Sit in Easy Pose with a straight...
Our lives are have become so stressful. As we rush from one thing to the next, it's easy to lose touch with feelings of joy, happiness and true peace. As we take time out to focus on our self-care with things like meditation, we can quickly turn our thoughts, feelings and emotions into more positive, life affirming states of being.
If you have been feeling depressed or stressed, try this quick and easy meditation - and let us know how it works for you in the comments below!
Meditation For Happiness & Peace Within
1. Sit in Easy Pose with a straight spine and light Neck Lock. (Pull the chin slightly back, creating a nice, straight line from the bottom of the spine to the top of the head.) It is important to retain this Neck Lock throughout the meditation. You may also choose to put your hands in Gyan Mudra (the index finger & thumbs touch) or just rest them in your lap.
2. Focus at the 3rd Eye point, and begin chanting the mantra Ong 5 times. Each repetition...
I've never considered myself to be an anxious person. But the last few months of 2020 has brought out an anxiety that I've never experienced before. Anxiety can affect anyone, but in particular, those of us who have stressful home environments, uncertain futures due to coronavirus, those of us who live alone, and those experiencing financial difficulties are particularly prone to experiencing stress, depression and anxiety during COVID.
It is critical to get anxiety under control early on in the process, because if left unchecked for too long, it becomes a generalized anxiety disorder that is much more difficult to treat.
If you have ever had to deal with anxiety, you know that it is a problem with the mind - where thoughts can spin out of control, causing worry, uneasiness, or nervousness, and typically leading to feelings of imminent doom. These thoughts have a direct impact on the body - causing the nervous system to sense danger, and keeping you in a state of fight or...
Naturally, during the winter months we tend to want to sleep more and eat heartier foods. If we follow cues from the natural world, we see that winter is actually the time for doing less. If we are aware of the earth’s rhythms, we can tap into this yin energy and turn inward for self reflection. Yet, for many people, this kind of change can leave them feeling unproductive, without purpose, and depressed.
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression usually experienced during the fall through winter months. The lack of sunlight and the cold temperatures can affect a person’s moods and overall motivation. Kundalini Yoga has many great kriyas to counter the “Winter Blues” and help a person maintain a steady level of mood and motivation throughout the winter season and beyond.
Kriya for SAD and Depression
This meditation is from the manual The Art, Science & Application of Kundalini Yoga.
by Liz McCullom
When the experience of coming face to face with your own mental garbage hits you, it can be really uncomfortable. In my case, I came back from the most recent Sat Nam Fest in a really difficult head space. Where previous festivals left me feeling energized and excited, this time I was feeling so low that the only thing I wanted to do was sleep. My initial happiness at being reunited with my sweet husband and 3 kitties gave way to a malaise so oppressive that I could barely work. I knew things were getting extreme when my husband, who lives with chronic depression, told me he was getting concerned. So what can you do when the yoga blues strike?
The first thing to keep in mind is that yoga is not actually making you sad. The kriyas and meditations of Kundalini yoga (and any other type of yoga, really) are transformative tools. When we become aware of the things in our subconscious minds that are holding us...