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BREATHING - THE BIGGER PICTURE


An exploration of yoga breathing through an experiential understanding of your own breathing body.


Why are the sensations of breathing rarely considered when practising asana? Why should we correct paradoxical breathing?What effect do breathing movements have on the function and health of body and mind? What is prana?


These are important questions. Patanjali said that all dis-ease is the result of mental activity as evidenced through physical restlessness, breathing disturbance, depression and suffering. A later text, the Hathapradipika, tells us that the improper practice of yoga causes diseases of movement (vata) in the muscular, nervous, circulatory and immune systems of the body. It also states that the improper practice of pranayama gives rise to all sorts of diseases of "air" (vayu) which are those affecting the respiratory tract and sensory organs. Breathing is the only life activity over which we have some control for our mental, physical and emotional wellbeing.


"That which sustains us is also the source of disturbance as well as the means of restoration"









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