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...
An estimated 40% of adults experience anxiety. I would venture a guess that with so many people home social distancing and feeling isolated, these numbers are even higher. Anxiety can be crippling - making you feel frozen and unable to think, move or even breathe. It can also make you so fidgety that you simply cannot be still or relax at all.
No matter how you your anxiety manifests, it is important to have a strategy to help pull you out of the abyss. This meditation has helped pull me through some pretty rough times, and I'm honored to share it with you. I pray that it helps soothe your anxious body, mind and spirit.
1. Sit in Easy Pose with a nice straight spine and a light Neck Lock. You can fold your hands in your lap, or place them in Gyan Mudra (thumb and index fingers touching).
2. In a soft monotone, recite the mantra Har Haray Haree Wahe Guru in the following manner:
Har: focus at the Navel Chakra
Haray: focus at the...
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...
by Dr. Ramdesh
You say you can’t meditate. Perhaps you don’t know how, or you’ve tried to sit down and quiet your mind. Instead, all you heard was your thoughts pounding on the inside of your skull so loudly they could have been snare drums. You avoid it…it’s not for you. You’ve heard it’s good for your health, you know it would be nice to relax, but you know for SURE that you can’t meditate. Meditation is for people who live peaceful lives without stress. (Ha! If only you could see me laughing!) You’re certainly not alone in your trepidation, but you don’t have to feel skittish around meditation. You can meditate. Everyone can, with practice.
Meditation is a form of concentration. It is a paradox in being both a deliberate action, and often the practice of non-action, simultaneously. It can be learned, and it can most definitely be learned better. Just as you get...
by Sohan Kaur
Many yoga beginners believe that they must stop all thoughts in order to meditate effectively. Sometimes they hear about the blissful meditations of friends and acquaintances and wonder why theirs isn’t so. The mind releases one thousand thoughts per second, and we are conscious of only a few, sometimes only one. When we sit still and quiet the body and breath, the mind begins to release the thoughts it has stored in the subconscious. These thoughts can overwhelm and control you, or you can let them pass to release them out of the subconscious.
The laundry list is not important, the letter you have to type for your boss can wait, the mortgage will get paid; this is your time. As you notice the distractions, simply return to your point of focus, whether that is a mantra, a candle flame, or your breath. Consistent practice allows you to empty the subconscious on a regular basis so that you can sit for longer periods of time. The time you spend in meditation...
This is Your Brain on Yoga:
12 Scientifically Proven Ways Yoga & Meditation Help Nourish The Body, Brain, and Spirit
An easy, low cost, natural practice can help boost brain power and make us healthier and more spiritually attuned as we age. It can also bring happiness, improve our quality of life, and reduce some of the staggering health costs of our time.
Curious what that practice is?
For the past 20 years, the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation (ARPF) has organized, helped design, and funded innovative research on a simple 12-minute singing yoga meditation called Kirtan Kriya. This work has specifically focused on reducing risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease and the enhancement of total brain fitness. To determine the benefits, these studies included well-recognized methods to measure aspects of brain health and brain scans such as SPECT and fMRI, as well as sophisticated memory and blood tests.
What are the results so far? What are the...