Pranayama Breathing, a primer for those with no shimmer and an introduction to the incredible. Discover here what Pranayama breathing can do for you…
Relief from back pain with Pranayama
I will focus on how to relief from back pain – especially lower back pain – through a remarkably simple process of breathing, whose title is Pranayama. Pranayama is “the platinum credit card of wellbeing.”
I will pass along a shimmer, the briefest outline of how to change your life with the repetition of one syllable (it’s actually three syllables, because the first two are ones that you say as you are exhaling and the previous one is a sound that you imagine you’re saying, but can’t really, since you’re inhaling through your nose as you think of yourself as uttering it. Though there can be no true utterance while one inhales through one or both nostrils, the noise is very much present in the minds and bodies of people who breathe this way. The three-part syllable is the ‘sacred’ syllable, Aum!
Yoga, by all those who misconceive it like a mysterious practice — at worst as humbug, and at best a screwy pair of self-hypnotic thoughts causing people to believe things are getting better when in reality they’re getting worse – you’re getting old and will die! Yogis understand and respect this also, but there’s more. Go on, surprise me… What I must say about this is that yoga is quite easy, highly physical and very powerful.
The difficulty I have with a poo-poo manner of considering yoga is my practical experience with it: saying Aum has made it absolutely plain to me there isn’t any mysticism involved in any respect. Pranayama is a physical way of breathing, one which brings all the outrageous benefits with it that the yogis claim it’s. It does!
What I have written here so far is a very simple truth: to breathe while stating Aum in the manner detailed below will change your life for the better and furthermore, the more you practice this form of breathing with a fire shaped by your lively intelligence, the more evident it will becomes that enlightenment is an inevitable event for the whole of humanity if only people would cease to bend, breathe and listen.
Starting with the topic in the title: Not only do lower back pains disappear as you align the vertebrae from the bottom of your spine to the nape of your neck but so do all of the rest. The nadir of your exhalations are as successful in making you complete as would be the peaks of inhalation. The skeleton is shaped and created; what was a backbone with pinched nerves becomes the Sushumna – the product of a flow of breath which replaces the organic body (cranky, full of aches and pains, lumbago, you name it) with a body quite as physical as it was before but now incorporated fully as a working whole, educated, luminous: without the tradition of breathing, the Sushumna, quite simply, can not come to be. In this sense, then just, it’s mystic.
Okay, I promised myself to keep this simple, so I will! What follows are some brief instructions. They are the beginnings of how to breathe in such a way as to experience what the yogis call “Samadhi,” the super-conscious state. What makes it super-conscious isn’t only does one detect things most people today let slide but one’s very breathing itself becomes a conscious process; instead of one’s autonomic nervous system controlling one’s breathing one, as it had been ‘jumps in’ and becomes a part of the operation so that one’s breathing is breathing and a new type of consciousness all at once.
How to reach Samadhi
Lie on your back on the ground. If the flooring is of stone or wood, place a four-folded blanket down to cushion you. If it’s summer, you can lie on your back in the grass and, after having inhaled as completely as you are able to begin massaging out of your stomach and let it fall as far as it will go. When you do so, what’s occurring is that your diaphragm rises to the top of your solar plexus. When your stomach can fall no further and the diaphragm has reached the limit of its ascent, switch over to your torso muscles, contracting them to compress your torso continuing the process of squeezing your lungs. Let your stomach and your chest compress completely. What results from these coordinated independent activities is that the lungs have contracted until virtually all of the air they contained is gone. Hold out the air for a minute or two, keeping your torso fully contracted.
Now, to allow air back in, keep your belly compacted and allow the air enter your chest. Your chest will grow from the top to let in a new draft of air. When your expanding chest muscles extend your ribcage out as far as it will go, the practice of inhalation will cause your diaphragm to sink and, continuing to broaden your chest, you may feel like the cobra Mucilinda spreading its hood; you’ll feel that the atmosphere inside you forming a company column. Once you get beyond the creaks you feel in the beginning, this turns into a really enjoyable experience! Exhaling from your stomach again, you move in the two different steps (belly contracting first, your torso next and continue ) until all of the air is expelled from your body. Then you repeat the cycle.
At first, you will discover that a “hitch” when you exhale, a sort of stop in the flow of breathing out. What this is, is that the transition from the abdominal muscles into your chest muscles pressing on the remaining air from your lungs. It’s an unaccustomed muscular transition except when you’re panting so hard your concentration is on catching your breath with no attention left over for how you should do it. The stop, the hitch in this muscle transition will disappear with exercise; initially, it is going to drive you nuts until you get the hang of it. The best way to smooth the transition from contracting your abdominal muscles to contracting your chest muscles functioning smoothly together to force the air out and out of your lungs, is to say,”Aaah” when you pull your stomach muscles up and in,”Oooh” (pronounced like “you” but without the”y”) when you begin adding your torso muscles to the push, out and down from your stomach to the top of your chest. Then, with the syllable “mmm” in mind, allow your chest relax as air rushes into your lungs from the surface of your chest to the bottom of your stomach, expanding as broadly as far as it will go. Do not worry! Practicing in this manner will permit you to breathe completely; it’s a clear improvement over taking superficial gulps of air in your chest. Why do this? Why don’t you just breathe unconsciously?
Effects of Pranayama Breathing
The first effect of breathing this way is it eliminates lower back pains from your life forever! Why? Lower back pain is caused by a passive relationship shallow breathing compels you into with regard to a lower back (the lumbar region). When you breathe completely, dangling in the stomach, you put undue strain on the spine beginning at the base of your spinal column and finish (when you’ve mastered this type of breathing) in the brain stem, also called “the brain’s mind.” Deep breaths, in other words, massages the backbone completely with each breath you take. When you have exhaled fully and then elongate your spine upward, you will find that the bones which were out of line in the spinal column will automatically slide into position. Not only are lower back pains history, are pains in the rest of your spine up to and including your neck. Imagine! Full cycles of breathing massage the spine. They activate and function to regulate the autonomic nervous system. Such respiration arouses the backbone and all of its nerves. The positive outcomes of this are simple to imagine.
It is possible to breathe in this way anytime you like, whenever you have enough leisure: in the train, driving a car, sitting at a boring meeting. With constant exercise, unnecessary pains become obsolete with a nervous system that has come to life.
Breathing is well worth celebration. It’s what your secret self did when you smoked just now you can do it publicly. Celebrate, but not with a cigarette!