The importance of breathwork

Tibetan Buddhism tells us that there are 84,000 channels in our body.  For the scientific minded, these channels are the nerves or veins that carry blood or electrical signals throughout the body.  When the nervous system gets damaged the reflective person seeks to find the cause of it as well as the right antidote.  As you begin to ask the right questions the answers will follow.

In the advanced teachings, we are taught that our “mind rides on the wind”.  As you learn about your breath in relation to your body you will discover that sometimes the breath is stuck and heavy.  This leads us to ask, “What is the best way to decondition the breath from this improper habitual tendency?”

In our daily lives, interacting with others causes our breath to get stuck and we tend to breathe in a shallow manner.  With this exercise you can decondition your habitual breathing patterns.

A friend of mine created this healing therapy.  He is a genius at how he produced such a fantastic healing tool through knowledge of binaural beats.  We’ve done many one-month retreats together when one day he handed me his Breath CD that changed my life.  With it, I have received tremendous benefits over the years.  There are two tracks; the whole thing is one hour long.  The first is for relaxation and the second is deeper for sleep.

This guided meditation allowed me to access several non-ordinary states of consciousness such as several past life-regressions and one rebirthing experience – to the time I was being born.  It was that powerful!

Whenever you have done too much breathwork for the day it is best to disconnect from the breath by focusing on the third-eye point (between the eyebrows).  I wish this will help others who do a lot of pranayama work move from breathing with effort to effortless breathing.  Perhaps that is one reason the Hindus were that mark on their forehead – as a reminder that witnessing the breath is very freeing.

Remember the mind rides the wind like a rider and horse.  Sometimes you have to “get off” the breath by focusing on the third-eye point in order to experience some peace and relaxation.

This video I uploaded is a short sample from the first track.  Remember if you have high blood pressure or any type of heart or lung condition be careful and consult your physician before attempting to practice pranayama.  There is no holding the breath so it should be fine for most people.


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