Prana is more than just breath, it’s a vehicle. Just as our cars carry us from one place to the next prana carries awareness. If you want to send your awareness to your pinky toe, prana will carry it there. When you have sufficient flow of prana you can spread your consciousness everywhere within.
A ‘mantra’ is like a beautifully wrapped gift that we take our time to open; something that has so many layers of meaning that eventually reveals itself to us over time
When we live our lives from the outside in, we lose touch with our own authenticity and wisdom. In dealing with fear, our work is not to eliminate it, whether it is fear of missing out or fear of failure, but rather to transform the way we relate to it.
Prana is so special because it carries awareness. It is the vehicle of consciousness. If we want to send our breath to our pinky toe, prana will carry it there. When we have a steady flow of prana we can spread our consciousness everywhere within.
Apana is the exhale, the release, the ‘letting go.’ The body is designed with this innate intelligence. The hard work is training the mind to do the same.
Our culture and society unfortunately encourages multi tasking which leads us to do too much at once without focusing fully on each part of the experience. This is why we often end up on auto pilot.
The beauty of being aware of ‘vata’ and the role it plays in nature is that we can adjust our routine to align with the season. To create harmony and balance, most of us need the opposite qualities of vata to nourish us, especially if you’re a vata-type person
We have to remember that our yoga practice is a practice of self-inquiry, of contemplation, of realization of our higher consciousness. Why not bring this sense of curiosity to our asanas and start to explore the unique ways that our specific body’s structure (bones, muscles, and tissues) moves?
“To listen is to be receptive. Being receptive is so paramount to the yogi because enlightenment is not something you can capture, it is something that is received.”
This July for our practice of Self power or sovereignty; during your next time of seated contemplation, ask yourself, “Self, where is the boundary that keeps me from shining through and being my most auspicious self?” And take time to listen to your body and what this amazing entity is expressing to you.