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The Power of Meditation Part One: Breathing Ujjayi Pranayama

The Power of Meditation Part One: Breathing Ujjayi Pranayama (Baby Steps)

We can literally change through meditation and change the way our brain interacts with our body and it will literally change your body.

There is tons of Scientific literature on Epigenetics showing us just how affective meditation is. One study that stood out to me was a 2017 Harvard Medical School Study showing that after meditating for 15 minutes daily for eight weeks, the meditators had changes in 172 genes that control inflammation, sleep-wake rhythms in the body and how sugar processes. Even science can not deny the mind body connection. What science lacks to find and acknowledge is the soul (energy) and how the soul (energy) ties into our mind body connection. I like to think of the soul as a wise super powerful connective transportation system between the mind and body. Synergistically it powers your material body.

My first experience learning to meditate was with my teacher Dr. Zhihang Sha. He taught me a form of Qigong that was passed down from many generations of TCM practitioners. It was most important tool I used to heal and connect to my body especially when I was in my Dis-Ease state. That is when I realized the power of the mind and how simple it was to connect to my body. As I continued down this path I studied other forms of meditation and it wasn’t until I learned how to properly breathe through my yogic studies that I was able to combine Qigong with Ujjayi breathing to optimize my energetic flow.

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The Power of Meditation Part Two: The Essence of Qigong

A simple way for a beginner meditator is by way of breathing and focusing only on your breath. This way your mind won’t wonder. By consciously practicing breath control exercises, you can bring positive changes to your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing. Ujjayi breathing (pranayama) stimulates the vagus nerve. The vagus nerve is the heart of the parasympathetic nervous system. It’s the 10th cranial nerve. It controls the organs of maintenance – the heart, digestion, breathing and glands. The benefits of this breathing technique are whole body detox, calming and energizing all the while sending fresh oxygen throughout the body. It actually doesn’t get any better than this. When practiced correctly it will create internal heat and increase the flow of prana (life force energy) in the physical body.

How to breathe Ujjayi in 3 steps.

1. Seal your lips and start to breathe in and out of your nose.
2. Lengthen your inhales and exhales.
3. Lightly constrict the muscles in the back of your throat as you slowly inhale & exhale.

Think of fogging a mirror with your breath but keeping your lips sealed using your nasal passages for inhale and exhalation.

How do you know if you are breathing Ujjai?

1. You hear your breath moving in and out of your body.
2. You have the ability to slow down or speed up your breath at any given time.
3. You are moving your body linked with your breath.
4. Your body heats up from the inside out.

Learning Ujjayi breath takes time. Please be patient with yourself!

Once you have mastered breathing you are ready for The Power of Meditation Part Two: The Essence of Qigong.

Video instructions will be posted soon.

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