"Pranayama is not just automatic habitual breathing to keep body and soul together. Through the abundant intake of oxygen by its disciplined techniques, subtle chemical changes take place in the sadhaka's body. The practice of asanas removes the obstructions which impede the flow of prana, and the practice of pranayarna regulates the flow of prana throughout the body. It also regulates all the Sadhaka's thoughts, desires and actions, gives poise and the tremendous will-power needed to become a master of oneself.
Pranayama is an art and has techniques to make the respiratory organs to move and expand intentionally, rhythmically and intensively. It consists of long, sustained subtle flow of inhalation (puraka), exhalation (rechaka) and retention of breath (kumbhaka). Puraka stimulates the system, rechaka throws out vitiated air and toxins; kumbhaka distributes the energy throughout the body. The movements include horizontal expansion (dairghya), vertical ascension (aroha) and circumferential extension (visalata) of the lungs and the rib cage……. This disciplined breathing helps the mind to concentrate and enables the sadhaka to attain robust health and longevity." B.K.S. Iyengar
Amazing what happens when you do a LOT of pranayama in a relatively short period of time, and you're not really used to it. Ordinary things start jumping out of the woodwork at you, with their beauty.
Breathing's been a Big Problem for me, this last couple of weeks. So much so, that I've had to spend a LOT of time trying to get things under control. That, or die of strangulation.
Now I possess such an abundance of prana, I'm considering wrapping up the excess in funky little biodegradable packages, to sell on Etsy.
It's better than drugs.
Better than chocolate.
It's better than.....well, actually, it's been too long to say whether or not it's better than sex. That's a tough call.
Tonight, I'm finally breathing what a very dear friend of mine calls Good Breath.
With Great Appreciation.