Hi! I´m Suzi Bloor
I´m a Hatha Yoga Teacher.
I am a graduate from Akasha Yoga Academy, Bali
I respectfully pass on what I was taught,
and I will do this to the fullest of my ability.
I teach yoga this way, and I live this way.
Sharing a heart-to-heart experience, for the benefit of all.
Nothing compares to seeing those shiny yoga eyes!
"Yoga is the practice of radical change"
Georg Feuerstein, Author
Depending on where you split up the word "Pranayama", it changes meaning accordingly. Prana translates into "life force". Ayama means rhythmic control. So one could interpret this as "conscious control of the breath". But when you spilt the word up into Pran-a-yama, the meaning changes entirely. "A-yama", it means No Control of the breath, and instead invites us to participate in the breath rather than controlling it. Consciously participating in your own breath is the same as participating in ones own life as it is. No force. Pure participation in what is already here, already given to you. Life and breath.
That´s key to understand even before Asana practice.
Prana is the vital energy that runs through the body - often misunderstood to be oxygen. Prana is what instigates life, breath, first heartbeat etc.
Practicing pranayama is a conscious practice - and a practice you start before Asana gets in the picture.
You are breathing in a rhythmic pattern, lengthening the breaths slowly and in some practices, even practicing breath retention. Practicing pranayama can be very demanding on various levels, and therefore requires a certain physical and energetic purity, as well as being emotionally stabile with a calm and balanced mind. In some practices it is highly advised to practice some calm asanas before starting your pranayama practice. If a practice makes you uneasy in any way, stop immediately. For more in-depth information on pranayama, please consult with your trusted yoga teacher.
Here´s to name a few pranayama practices;
"Alternate Nostril Breathing",
"Yogic breathing" and
"Ujjayi Breath" (victorious breath).
Asana means seat.
All yoga postures have names and they all end with "asana".
In ancient Hatha traditions, asanas was meant to be a physical posture in which the individual could attain a calm mind, participate in a full, even and steady breath and experience meditation
- or Samadhi/the Divine.
In other words, asanas and pranayama practice combined was meant to create an environment in which the body could experience meditation.
Each asana activates different energy centers (chakras) in the body, which can activate stored emotions when you practice, which can cause sudden emotinal outbursts while practicing. Practicing asanas also moves stored energy in the body, which aligns your energy immidiately, and gives you the "feel good" experience. It is advised that you start your asana practice with a grounding breathing routine. Once you have a stable breathing rhythm, you gently get yourself into the posture of your choice. Personally I always start my asana practice with pranayama practice followed by rounds of Sun Salutation (Surya Namaskar). It energizes and warms up the body nicely for the more advanced asanas to follow. Always end your asana practice with an awareness phase (Savasana) to settle your body down, physically and energetically.
Enjoy a Sun Salutation: Watch here
Meditation is the proces of quieting the mind in order to attain and experience an inner state of peace and awareness. It was known to ancient yogi that putting the body in a specific position (asana) combined with pranayama practice, was the perfect environment in which meditation could occur spontaneously and naturally.
They believed; It was given to you.
Not something you willfully could decide you wanted. But when you fully decided to engage in the present moment, participating in your breath (life as it is) and movement (asana) it naturally happened.
There´s many different ways to meditate in the modern day society:
Breath-based, guided, nature sounds, looking at an object eyes open, chanting, and many more.
I suggest you start very basic.
Examine your present state and emotional needs. Pick one where you experience least resistance. For me Yoga takes me right into a calmer place. You can do a simple yoga practice with prananyama, to create an optimal state for your mind and body. Then see how you react to Savasana, laying down resting after practice. In time you can increase the lenght of your savasana, and even transition into sitting where you continue relaxing into the moment.
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