Why Yindalini Yoga Series?
“To take a break from your routines, relationships & responsibilities and allow yourself the moment to reflect, remember, and perhaps readdress a few important issues – like one’s own fundamental beliefs & perceptions about the nature of reality.
With a wide variety of very effective methods for polishing the lens of perception and clarifying the mind, while simultaneously strengthening and softening the physical body, to find deep relaxation and to be comfortable, and at ease in the present moment.”
The main medicine of Yindalini Yoga will be an invitation to slow down and balance the body and mind and enjoy a rhythm of conscious breathing.
There are many styles of breath that most of us lack understanding.
Did you know that certain styles of breath can heal instantly! Here’s one of those very important ways to rebalance the nervous system and the glandular system…
Why breath of fire (BOF)?
Breath of Fire (Agni Pran) is one of the foundational breath techniques used in the practice of Kundalini Yoga.
Doing Breath of Fire is a rapid, rhythmic, and continuous breath. The inhale and the exhale are equal, with no pause between them. It is always practiced through the nostrils with mouth closed unless stated otherwise.
- see below for more information on how to – and – when not to – do breath of fire.
What is Yindalini yoga?
Yindalini Yoga is a combination of two great yogic sciences; yin yoga and kundalini yoga. Yin offers a stillness to strengthen the deeper tissues and mind, whereas kundalini uses a dynamic opposite to attain enlightenment expansive love, all the while using Kriyas, exercises for the spine, and meditations.
Yin yoga has long stretches and puts pressure on the bones. Yin yoga also targets the still mind- a meditation providing an opportunity to focus on the areas of the body that is meant to soften.
The goal is to allow the mind to become present to what is asked of the pressure placed on the body and mind.
Kundalini Yoga is a remarkable science using sounds, mantras, energy healing, exercises, and meditations to release trauma from the energetic body, which surrounds the physical body. The joy of Kundalini yoga is how it provides this expansive experience of love. To get there is not easy, as it also provides an accumulation of energy; creating exercises that bring about aggravation, stimulation, and alleviation to fall in love with who we really are.
“Kundalini Yoga meditations are extremely effective at clearing the subconscious mind.
This will create clarity in the body-psyche creating a broader energy field.”
More On Breath of Fire BOF is powered from the navel point, solar plexus. To exhale, the air is expelled through the nose, by pressing the navel point and solar plexus back and up toward the spine. The upper abdominal muscles also pull in and up. This feels automatic if you contract the diaphragm rapidly.
To inhale, the upper abdominal muscles relax, the diaphragm extends down, flattening as the ribs expand and the breath seems to come in as part of relaxation rather than through effort. The chest stays relaxed and slightly lifted throughout the breathing cycle.
When done correctly, there should be no rigidity of hands, feet, face, lips, throat, or abdomen.
Begin practicing Breath of Fire for a duration of 1-3 minutes. Some people find it easy to do Breath of Fire for a full 10 minutes right away. Others find that the breath creates initial dizziness or giddiness. If this happens, take a break. Some tingling, traveling sensations, and lightheadedness are completely normal as your body adjusts to the new breath and new stimulation of the nerves. Concentrating at the brow point may help relieve these sensations. Sometimes these symptoms are the result of toxins and other chemicals released by the breath technique. The symptoms may be relieved by drinking lots of water and changing to a light diet.
Breath of Fire is not hyperventilation, nor is it Bellows Breath (see below).
WHY NOT do Breath of Fire:
pregnant and menstruating: substitute Long Deep Breathing.
If you feel dizzy or nauseous when practicing Breath of Fire, you should stop and substitute normal breathing.
If you suffer from injury or vertigo, you should use caution in practicing this breathing exercise.
If you have certain health conditions, be cautious when practicing Breath of Fire. Although unlikely, BOF may aggravate some health issues, such as hypertension, heart disease or suffer from stroke, or seizure disorders. Please note BOF may also help.
Also, please use caution if you have acid or heat-related gastric issues, such as ulcers.
Common errors in practicing Breath of Fire:
Paradoxical breathing. Many people learn to breathe backward and they inhale by pulling the belly-in. This is called Paradoxical Breathing. People who are often anxious or smoke frequently tend to have this pattern. It can be easily changed by placing a hand on the chest and one on the belly and doing Breath of Fire slowly with total awareness.
Breathing by an exaggerated pumping of the belly. Breath of Fire is not the deep cleansing breath that pumps the stomach with complete exhales and inhales. Breath of Fire, when done correctly, comes from higher up near the solar plexus.
Benefits of Breath of Fire:
Releases toxins and deposits from the lungs, mucous linings, blood vessels, and other cells;
Expands the lung capacity and increases vital strength;
Strengthens the nervous system to resist stress;
Repairs the balance between the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems;
Strengthens the navel chakra;
Increases physical endurance and prepares you to act effectively;
Adjusts the subtle psycho-electromagnetic field of the aura so that the blood becomes energized;
Reduces addictive impulses for drugs, smoking, and bad foods;
Increases oxygen delivery to the brain, facilitating a focused, intelligent, and neutral state of mind;
Boosts the immune system and may help prevent many diseases;
Promotes synchronization of the biorhythms of the body’s systems.
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