Breath is the King of the Mind
Stress, Anxiety, Tension, Tiredness
Most of the people use only a fraction of their potential lung capacity when breathing. They Breathe shallowly, barely expanding the rib cage. If you feel tired, and if you experience stress, anxiety, painful tension in the upper part of your back and/or neck, it can come from this lack of breathing awareness. The diaphragm may not be used properly and you are probably breathing with the top or middle of your lungs.
The Science of the Breath
Yogic breathing exercises are called “pranayama”, which means to control the Prana (subtle energy, life force).
Pranayama begins by controlling the motion of the lungs, then you’ll learn to control the amount of air that you inhale and exhale, to observe the effects that those technics have on your body and mind. Finally, proper pranayama uses Retention or “Kumbhaka”, this time of pause between two breath that you will be trying to expand during your practice.
The science of breathing is coming from this affirmation: controlling the Breath, leads to control of the mind.
Much has been said and written about meditation, yet it takes years to understand its nature. It cannot be taught, just as sleep cannot be taught. One may have king-sized posture-pedis mattress, and the absence of all disturbances, but sleep may not come. Sleep itself is not in anyone’s hands. One falls into it. In the same way, meditation comes by itself. To still the mind and enter silence requires daily practice.
There are several ways that will help you to meditate, certains steps that you can take along the way to establish a foundation and thus ensure success. During this class, Maricha will offer you a guided meditation, to help you to find the way mentally supported by different tools.
Why Meditate ?
In meditation, there is a constant observation of the mind. It involves setting aside a regular time and place for the specific purpose of discovering that infinite well of wisdom which lies within. Meditation is an experience that cannot be described, just as colors cannot be described to a blind person. All ordinary experiences are limited by time, space and causation. All finite experience is measured in terms of past, present and future. These concepts are illusory, they have no permanence.
The meditative state transcends all limitations. In it there is neither past nor future, but only the consciousness of “I am” in the eternal “Now”. This consciousness is possible only when all the mental waves are stilled and the mind ceases to exit. Meditation is a state of consciousness; the fourth one “Turiya”.
About the practice
During this practice Maricha will help you to settle down, and let go of the stress, tensions, and anxiety of your daily life. It usually starts with the guided meditation followed by pranayama breathing exercices.