Yoga Fix 30 - Day 14 - Gentle Yoga and Pranayama
Extend your life!
"We are shaped and fashioned by what we love."
-Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this message! Today's yoga video focuses on a pranayama practice. The word "prana" in Sanskrit means 'life force or energy" and "ayama" means "to extend." When we practice prananyama, we're literally extending our life! I remember hearing that T. Krishnamacharya. known as the father of modern yoga, said a yogi's life isn't measured by the number of years but is measured instead by the number of breaths. It is said that T. Krishnamacharya predicted that he would live to be 100 years old because he said that he would regulate his breath to live that long. He was 100 years old when he died.
Normally, on average, we only use about 30% of our lung capacity. Pranayama practice helps to increase that capacity, and taking longer, breaths enriches our blood with more oxygen. It also can help bring about feelings of peace and well-being.
Today's affirmation to practice is:
"I trust the process of life. All I need is always taken care of. I am safe."
Additional "homework:" Practice extending your breath today. Sit or lay down and begin inhaling for the count of 4 and then exhaling for the count of 4, as you continue, increase your count. See how long your can increase your inhale/exhale without causing any straining.
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