Have you ever wondered why there is so much focus on the breath in yoga and meditation in Charlotte? What is the link between yoga and breath, and why is it so important (besides the fact that it keeps us alive)?
In yoga and meditation classes, we are typically instructed to consciously breathe, connect to our breath, breathe deeply, hold our breath, etc. So what impact does the breath have on us, and our yoga and meditation practice?
Breath and Life Span: It is said that if someone breathes 15 times per minute, they will live to 75 or 80 years. If they breathe 10 times per minute they will live to 100. The speed at which you breathe will dictate the length of life. If you breathe fast, your life will be shortened.
Conscious Breathing: We are constantly told to “breathe consciously” when we are in yoga and meditation classes in Charlotte. Breathing consciously is the essence of yoga as it aids us in connecting with the energy within. It is through the breath that we are able to pass through different levels of consciousness. Additionally, breathing consciously has a biological effect on our mental, emotional and physical state.
Controlling The Breath: By changing your pattern of breathing, you can produce different states of mind. Slowing down the breath has an impact on your emotional state. The cerebral cortex is stimulated through consciously slowing down the release of breath. Then it sends impulses to the respiratory center in the midbrain that overflow into the area concerned with emotions and relax this area. This is why slowing down the breath has a soothing effect on your emotional state during yoga and meditation in Charlotte.
Channels Of Subtle Energy: Breath controls the body, mind and emotions. During the course of the day, the left and right nostril alternate and one dominates. One of the nostrils will dominate based on your mental, emotional and physical state.
Breath And Sound: Every vibration has sound. Breath, a vibration, also has sound that is heard at a particular level of consciousness. When you withdraw your senses from the external, you are then tuned into the internal sound and can hear the breath. By mentally chanting, the mantra manifests as an audible sound in the inner ear.
Mind and Breath: Basically we can look at the breath like the oil in a car, prana as the gasoline, and the mind as the engine. By understanding their relationship to one another you are better equipped to navigate your life to a higher elevation, and repair it when it breaks down. The yoga mat is just the starting point of your journey.
A yoga program that focuses mainly on the physical postures and exercises is fine if all you’re really looking for is some flexibility and physical fitness. But if you’re also looking for the authentic and traditional inner teachings of yoga—the kind that were passed down for centuries from Indian, Tibetan and Chinese masters and gurus and that reveal the most important and beneficial mental and spiritual practices—then our Yoga Institute is for you.
If you are interested in learning more about yoga and meditation in Charlotte, please stop by our location or give us a call to schedule a personal tour.