Breathing is to the mind what the asana (physical postures) is to the body and Osho beautifully captures the idea of pranayama. Pranayama, the fourth of the eight limbs of our yoga practice, stands on it’s own because of it’s power. Prana, translates as “life force,” it is the sum total of all the manifest energy of the universe, all the forces and energy within us and around us, including electricity, light, magnetism and heat. Whatever has life is a manifestation of prana. When prana is controlled or regulated by our external breath it becomes pranayama. Breath is gross prana, when we become aware and control our breathing we can begin to control the subtle life force within us. This life force produces thoughts, moves the mind and sets the mind in motion. Prana helps to operate the mind, so once we begin to control prana we can begin to control our mind. As Osho tells us- “once we change our way of breathing, we change our way of thinking.’ Breathing is so simple that we take it for granted, ignoring it’s power over the mind, body and spirit. The more awareness we bring to the breath, the more we begin to recognize the turbulence of our minds. From there we can begin to unravel our inner knots and recognize the ever-present eternal stillness that lies within. Once we begin to break-down old, unhelpful patterns and become aware of that stillness then our state-of-mind transforms, our perceptions clear, our relationships change and we are able to accomplish, communicate and love! With your next breathe, don’t take it for granted, you are breathing in prana, you are breathing in life force! We invite you to take your inhales slowly and steadily and release your exhales slowly as we draw the beginning of the holiday season in.
We wish you and your family health and peace.
We hope to see you soon on your mat!
Om shanti, Living Yoga Staff