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Kumbhaka – Pranayama

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Be Metaphysical: Kundalini Yoga

Kundalini Energy…. What does kundalini energy feel like? I did a hashtag search on instagram this morning on #kundalini to see if anyone shared the “how to’s” or “feeling” of the energy. I only found cool people, pictures and “teachers”. Screen Shot 2014-04-17 at 12.56.48 PMSo I will try to provide my insight and experience. Kundalini/Prana/Qi is built up through conscious breathing, placing attention on the inhalation and exhalation of each breath. At first I felt the energy after about 30 – 60 minutes of conscious breathing using my nose only, tongue to roof of my mouth, relaxed jaw, sitting in comfortable posture or doing yoga. The energy feels like a pressure. it’s like a subtle version of the intense moment before you orgasm. Where will you feel it? It is said to be dormant at the base of your spine (root chakra). Through my experience your thought will control which of the 7 chakras you feel the pressure at. Screen Shot 2014-04-17 at 12.59.31 PMI start from my root chakra and work my way up to the crown chakra and repeat the cycle. I began with using mantras such as lam, vam, yam, ram… etc I prefer using mantras internally. I hope I helped let me know if you can relate! I think the goal is to feel this energy all the time/ be aware of breath. More recently When I focus on my breath I instantly feel it swaying back and forth like a snake until I focus it. For a short period it was a bit annoying but once I realized focusing stopped the swaying sensation It was no longer a discomfort. Ok that’s enough knowledge for today and a few weeks peace and practice internal Alchemy!

Side Effects: I think this energy had something to do with  suddenly losing the desire of eating meat. I became more aware of my breathing and my thoughts were very clear. I had more energy even though I seem to be eating less. Vegetables that I did not eat at all became what I preferred to eat. I never was big on drinking water …. All I drink is water these days.  Controlling when I went to sleep was easier as well, I would simply breathe into the state of sleep.  Sexual orgasms are also controlled by breath and can be used to accelerate the process if you can control it.   These are all the things that happened physically.  There are many metaphysical experiences that I have had during meditations while feeling and gaining a better understanding of what this energy is capable of.  More coming soon
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Book Select: Sivananda Companion to Yoga

This is the book that I used as a guide when I was first starting to do Yoga. It is a very resourceful guide. It shows you the culture and history of yoga, pranayama  as well as  basic asanas that lead into more complex variations. A must have for beginners that don’t know where or how to start.
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Meridian Channels and Qi

The Human Bodys’ Meridians or channels are  conduits through which Qi travels in the body.  These channels are used in acupuncture to treat illness. Although meridians work as a channel system which carries and distributes qi and blood, they are not blood vessels and have no anatomical channel structure.meridian-channels

Jing meridians act as the interior. Those which branch off horizontally are luo meridians. Jing means to pass through or pathway and refers to the vertical channels. Luo means network and refers to the networks that branch off from the vertical channels (Jing). Both Jing and Luo mean link or connection, and they are bound closely together to form channels.

By connecting and uniting different parts of our body, meridians provide the transport service for the fundamental substances of qi, blood, and body fluids. The flow of qi in the Meridian System concentrates or “injects” in certain areas of the skin’s surface. These areas are very small points, otherwise known as “acupuncture points”. Although acupuncture points are located externally and superficially, they can affect the internal functions of our body. There are 365 acupuncture points, and each point belongs to a particular meridian channel that connects to specific organs.

Qi can be gathered/collected through meditation, deep breathing techniques and practices like Qi- Gong or Pranayama in Indian culture.

Once you learn how to gather Qi and bring it in through your chakras you must learn how to direct the qi using thought. The qi will travel along these meridians so knowing the channels is important to knowing how direct the flow of qi to each organ.

 

 

Pranayama: The Nose Knows

The topic of breathing and pranayama (the practice that works to direct the movement of life force) is a fascinating one.

Exhaling through the mouth can be beneficial in that it allows for a greater volume of air to be released at once and may help your jaw to relax. We all do this naturally when we are exasperated, tired, or weary. Take a breath in, then breathe out with a soft, sighing sound: You will feel your shoulders release, and as your jaw releases, your tongue will relax down into the base of the mouth, creating a quieting effect on your mind.16963-122

However, in most instances, it’s preferable to breathe through your nose. There are several reasons for this.

The first reason is that the nose does much more than just let air in and out. There are texts that claim it performs more than 30 functions, such as containing the receptors for smell, filtering out dirt and pathogens, and moisturizing and warming incoming air.

The yogic viewpoint is less concerned with the mechanical functions of the nose and breath and more interested in the process of how our breathing affects the nervous system. The ancient texts describe a network of subtle channels, called nadis, the three most important of which originate at the base of the spine. The ida flows to the left nostril, the pingala flows to the right nostril, and thesushumna is the central channel and balance point of the other two.nadis

The ancient yogis were able to map out thousands of these channels, not through dissection of the body, but through intense practice of introspection and awareness development of both the gross and subtle levels of the body-mind. Current research supports the yogic observations.

The reason that nose breathing is more effective in creating energy changes is that when you breathe in or out through your nose, you stimulate the olfactory nerve; this impulse is then passed on to the hypothalamus, which is connected to the pineal gland, which is associated with the third eye area—seat of the “sat guru,” inner wisdom. Some say the ida and pingala interlace their way up the sushumna and end somewhere in the sinus chambers; others say that they end in the “third eye.” When you breathe through your nose, you are helping to open and balance the sushumna and quiet and steady the mind.

For more helpful information go to the Yoga Journal 

Breath of Life

I have realized that breathing consciously is one of the foundations of gaining control over functions of the mind and body.  At first paying attention to my breathing quickly put me to sleep. Soon after I began to increase my duration of focus while remaining awake. The benefits of being able to maintain a conscious state of breathing helped me while going in and out of difficult asanas(yoga positions) with ease. Thoughts begin to slow down as your breathe becomes your object of concentration. Lucidity becomes a familiar place you can visit on command with the mastery of conscious breathing,  I mainly use Ujjayi breathing techniques. Bringing in air from the belly then up into the chest, resonating energy from your lower base chakra up into your throat chakra.

Mer-ka-ba 

Mer refers to a specific kind of light that was understood in Egypt during the 18th Dynasty   Mer” was seen as two counter-rotating fields of light spinning in the same space. These fields are generated when a person performs specific “breathing patterns”. Ka refers to the individual spirit of a person. Ba refers to the spirit’s interpretation of its particular reality. In the human reality, Ba is usually defined as the body or physical reality. In other realities where spirits don’t have bodies, Ba refers to their concepts or interpretation of reality in the realm in which they exist.  Mer-Ka-Ba means the Spirit/Body surrounded by counter-rotating fields of Light, which is a vehicle to transport Spirit/Body from one dimension into another.

My experience with: Merkaba, 17 step breath technique

17 Step Breathe Technique.  This was one of the first breathing techniques I began to focus on. The results were interesting and it definitely opened my mind to different types of sensations. This is were my experience of the spinning/pulsating feeling originated from. The pulse is similar to your heart beat but that is not the source of it. You can feel your heart and the  energy pulsations moving at two different rates. Adjusting your breathe to imitate the flow of the pulsations of energy is one way to submerse your self into the sensation. This technique also helped me get familiar with focusing on mental ideas while maintaining breathe concentration. There are many discoveries I have made and knowledge I have gained through activating Mer Ka Ba 

Ujjayi breathing

is a breath technique employed in a variety of Taoist and Yoga practices. In relation to Yoga, it is sometimes called “the ocean breath”. Unlike some other forms of pranayama, the ujjayi breath is typically done in association with asana practice.  Ujjayi is a diaphragmatic breath, which first fills the lower belly (activating the first and second chakras), rises to the lower rib cage (the third and fourth chakras), and finally moves into the upper chest and throat. Inhalation and exhalation are both done through the nose. The “ocean sound” is created by moving the glottis as air passes in and out. As the throat passage is narrowed so, too, is the airway, the passage of air through which creates a “rushing” sound. The length and speed of the breath is controlled by the diaphragm, the strengthening of which is, in part, the purpose of ujjayi. The inhalations and exhalations are equal in duration, and are controlled in a manner that causes no distress to the practitioner. “Ujjayi” comes from the Sanskrit prefix “ud” (उद्) added to it and root “ji” (जि): “ujji” (उज्जि), meaning “to be victorious”.[1] Ujjayi (उज्जायी), thus means “one who is victorious”. Ujjayi breath means “victorious breath”.[2] – Wikipedia

My Experience with: Ujjayi, Ocean Breathe

This is the breathing pattern I choose to go with when I begin my daily meditations and yoga practice. The first objective that is typically on my mind is to clear/slow down my thought patterns. The brain has different frequencies that it functions on, Beta Alpha Theta Delta. Beta brain waves (14-40 Hz) associated with normal everyday consciousness and a heightened state of alertness, logic and critical reasoning. My goal is to bring the speed of those thought frequencies down to Theta. Theta brain waves (4-7.5 Hz)  are present during deep meditation and light sleep, including the all-important REM dream state. Once Im able to focus the brain on breath control slowing down and operating on a Theta frequency of mind happens naturally. Resulting in picking up on metaphysical senses and sensations.  

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