Just Breathe… Simple huh? We do it unconsciously more than consciously and even if we forget to breathe it happens without thinking about it as long as we are alive. If you hold your breath you will pass out then She (the goddess) will breathe you. Once I understood how the rhythm of my breath moved within my body my practice deepened & expanded. I became more connected and in touch with how I felt, connected to others and most importantly my body finding ease. Breathing is simple yet complex at times but always there to guide us when we focus our awareness on its flow.
note: you may hear more of my breath with a new mic – thank you Gayle
In this episode I mention a Tantric way of looking at the breath in the form of the goddess/universe and you are co-participating with her as you inhale and exhale. WOW – is right that was my response until I went deeper and actually found comfort in the thought and reality of it.
- I must thank my sweet teacher who poetically taught me this beautiful teaching of breath. (Douglas Brooks is my teacher of Rajanka Tantra) Soon he will have a book out titled Rajanaka Heart.
- “The breath ties the soul to the body”- Paramahansa Yogananada click to find his book Autobiograpy of a Yogi
Sanskrit Vocabulary: Shakti – divine feminine /expression Prana – Life force
COOL INFO: Did you know that dolphins choose to breathe and never sleep… they are always in the moment of the breath perhaps they are the goddess consciously breathing us?
Sequence: Level 1
Adho Mukha Svanasana – Downward Facing Dog
Wide Legged Uttanasana – Standing Fwd Bend
Urdvah Hastasana in Tadasana – Arms Overhead
Down Dog 5 Breaths
Uttanasana – Samastithi – Urdvah Hastasana
Straight Leg Lunge
Down Dog – Uttanasana – Urdvah Hastasana
Crescent Pose then Twist to Variation of Parsvakonasana
Vinyasa (Plank Pose, Cobra, Downdog)
Utthita Parsvakonasana – Extended Side Angle Pose
Vinyasa – Down Dog
Balasana – Childs Pose Extended Arms
All Fours Hands and Knees
Virabhadrasana II – Warrior II
Utthita Trikonasana – Triangle Pose
Prasarita Paddotanasana with Hands Clasped Behind the Back
2 Adho Mukha Vrksasana – Handstand 2X
Balasana – Childs Pose
Vrksasana – Tree Pose arms float up and down then a twist (hug to midline)
Urdvah Hastasana in Tadasana
Kneeling Thigh Stretch
Eka Pada Rajakapotasana Prep – Pigeon Prep
Dhanurasana – Bow Pose 2X
Parsva Dhanurasana – Bow Pose on The Side