The Invisible Giant
The breath has been used for millennia as a gateway to self-mastery and a tool for self-healing, self-awareness and self-realisation, the inspiration sits at the centre of what determines real or unreal. A conscious, fluid and unseen force that intelligently energises and animates all of our relative existence, an invisible giant breathing us into life. With its potent potential to reshape the mind and body, bend space and time, the breath can also be used to extend our life.
In eastern philosophical and esoteric teachings like yoga and tai chi, the breath referred to as ‘life force’. Breath is worshipped as the primary vehicle to enlightenment as well as the divine source of consciousness and energy. To try and understand your life force and possibly even experience it, you can practice pranayama. Pranayama translates to PRANA – life force and YAMA – extension, and relates to different types of breathing exercises are intended to increase your life force.
Pranayama is a branch of the yoga tree and is fundamental to experiencing the unification of mind and body. (Which is is what yoga is; the unification of the mind and body using the breath). In practising pranayama, you learn to extend the length of the breath in a range of different techniques and eventually minimise the amount of breathing you do. The longer and deeper you breathe increases the period and quality of your life.
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