Certainly, to live is to breathe, there simply is no life without breath! Our lives begin with an inhalation and end with an exhalation. Thus we live our lives from one breath to the other.
The ancient Indian system of Yoga identifies this breath of life as Prana, the universal life force or energy. Prana infuses everything around us: food, water, the environment we live in and nature itself.
Pranayama is the awareness of the flow of Pranic Energy, the pulse of life expanding and contracting within our body, the communication that happens between our inner selves and the outer world.
When we attend to our breath, it brings us to the present moment, increases our self-awareness, and brings a sense of calm.
Using specific rhythms and techniques, Pranayama brings us numerous benefits on the mental, emotional and physical levels:
- Nourishes the cells through oxygenation
- Invigorates and fortifies the organs
- Boosts the immune system
- Rejuvenates the body and mind
- Calms the mind, reducing worries and anxieties
- Improves focus and attention, removing dullness of the mind
Meditation is a tool for self-awareness, and just as Pranayama, it ushers us into the present moment, where everything exist in its perfect form, expressing itself as the magic of life.
Each person creates a world of virtue or vice; one person’s joy is another’s sorrow. Thoughts control our lives, mold our character, shape destiny and affect other people. Meditation is the practice by which there is constant observation of the mind, its thoughts and mechanisms. To unleash the potential of the power of thought is the beginning of great growth on an individual level, and a great step forward for humanity.