Journey INTO HAPPINESS

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Where:   Yoga Heart Montana ( new home)
Red Lion Inn & Suites
209 Ridgewater Dr, Polson, MT 59860

If you are driving in,  conveniently you may stay at the Red Lion Inn.
Arrive the day before, the 19th
(406) 872-2200 for reservations.

When:    Wednesday November 20th
9:00 am to 6:30 pm
Doors open @ 8:30am

What to bring:  Wear comfortable clothing, water bottle & most
importantly a notebook & pen

Registration Link:  www.momoyoga.com/yogahearthome/register

Any other questions please call Mimi  @ 406-250-9657

 

“To Know thyself is the highest pursuit of man”…

Journey INTO HAPPINESS is a branded series of courses designed to take us along a journey to experience things as they truly are… to let go of old patterns which no longer serve us & to begin to live in a state of causeless Joy.

This course is taught by an awakened teacher live streamed directly from India. Using the various arts, experienced in this series of courses, we are able to release identification with the programs, & see beyond the conditioning. We are then able to move into a happier state & to stop resisting life.

What does that even mean & more importantly, how does one go about this?  We start with the concept that we are walking clay formations, molded by our life experiences. For most of us the clay has hardened & fossilized, making us resistant to change.

Whatever situations are coming up in our life, they are the result of specific molds & patterns. We can melt these away only in the fire of  awareness, which ultimately leads to self knowledge.

During the entire Journey INTO HAPPINESS courses, there are a total of 21 aspects of the mind that are looked at. This one day immersion course is designed to provide an opportunity for deep reflection on 7 of those aspects of the mind.  Breathing techniques & meditations are just part of what allows the magic to happen.

We will take a look at one aspect at a time, contemplate deeply & allow ourselves to SEE what is really there inside of us.  Without judgment. Once we have SEEN, there arises a certain pliability. With this new pliability  new possibilities arise for our life!

For example, we are all programmed & conditioned from a young age. By the age of 7 our programs are set & we have become our programs. We can look at our programs as like a mold. With hard edges & solid throughout. By definition a mold is a container into which is poured a molten substance. This substance then cools & hardens, becoming solid & completely lacking in pliability & movement. So it is with the programs & conditioning within us. Over the years they have hardened & become a part of who we believe that we are.

So you say, what is freedom? Freedom is movement. Where there is no movement, there is bondage. When there is bondage there is no freedom.

So it is with the programs we have  had installed within us. Interestingly though, when the light of awareness has been shined on the mold/program, there appears a small crack. Light comes into this crack, creating some bit of space, whereby there is some movement.  Movement is freedom.

Again, the purpose is not to judge ourselves or our programs, but just to SEE.

When one diligently continues to look inside & to  SEE utilizing the processes presented in this  series of courses, there arrives much more freedom. With the freedom comes more happiness, more flow, less resistance & more peace. When we are able to BE with what we have SEEN, identification stops…more freedom. And so it goes & over time your entire life will change for the better.

So congratulate yourselves for responding to the nudge within, the calling to explore what is possible for your life, no matter at what stage you may find yourself.

All the best to you, & we look forward to sharing this beautiful Journey INTO HAPPINESS!

 

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Fire Breath


Kapalbhati & Bhastrika

So what is the deal with these two alike but not, breathing techniques? Is the distinction profound enough to take note?
There was a time when I was confused myself on the differences. My understanding has recently been clarified so hopefully here I can eliminate any confusion.

Simply put, they are mechanically similar in action but each with a different emphasis, not only on method but on desired outcome.
Kapalbhati emphasizes the exhale while
the emphasis of Bhastrika is on both the inhale & exhale. As well Bhastrika is practiced with more vigor than Kapalbhati.

The Bhastrika is recommended to do first for preparing the lungs, then the Kapalbhati for cleaning the system.

Bhastrika is balancing as well as making the lungs more efficient & elastic. We have spoken about the importance of maintaining elasticity of the lungs in an earlier post. This breath also helps to stoke the metabolism & digestive fires at the naval center, not a bad thing, right? Hence it is often referred to as bellows breath.

Bhastrika instructions:
Sit erect
Take a natural breath
Begin with an exhalation
With strong vigor continue to inhale & exhale with equal force
Stay in the naval center
In & out through the nose
Mouth, jaw & throat area relaxed
Practice for about 20 to 30 rounds
Pause
Slowly inhale & retain breath (Kumbhaka) for a few seconds & release
Do another round if you are so inclined,
again followed by breath retention
Sit & notice how you feel

Kapalbhati in Sanskrit, (Kapala=skull Bhati=shine), of course means skull shining. So it is said, the regular practitioner of Kapalbhati has a shining or radiant skull. This is in no small part due to removal of toxins from the frontal lobe, listed as one of the many benefits.
Truly I believe the entire body becomes more radiant.

Other said benefits of Kapalbhati breath are:
Strengthens the nervous system
Purifies the blood
Wake up a dull mind
Increased clarity
Increased vitality

Kapalbhati instructions:
Sit erect
Inhale, lift chest, hold still
With mild vigor, exhale as you pull the navel to the spine
Release the belly allowing a passive inhale to soften & expand naturally
Continue for about a minute
Relax, breathe naturally a few rounds
Repeat if desired

It should be noted here that this breath is in & out through the nose.
Drop into the diaphragm, as upper chest breathing or reverse breathing ( drawing naval to spine on the inhalation) will cause hyperventilation.
As this is a purifying breath you may feel queazy or dizzy. Slow down a bit & just know you are experiencing the release of toxins into the blood stream.

As with all breathing techniques & physical movement there are contraindications. If you have high blood pressure, cardiac issues, vertigo or any type of respiratory infections or issues you should not practice these techniques.

I will be posting a video on my blog, consciusnessliberationblog.wordpress.com for visual direction showing how to practice both of these
very powerful breathing techniques.

Any further questions I invite you to email me magikcarpetride@yahoo.com, like & comment on this article, or follow me on FaceBook at Consciousness Liberation & definitely here on my blog, consciousnessliberationblog.wordpress.com.
I will typically reply within 24 hours.

Why Breath?

This article is the first in a series of articles about the breath. I will delve into the deeper apsects of breath & why we need to become aware of this precious vehicle.

Clearly it is vital to breathe in order to sustain life. Breathing is automatic & part of our unconscious, inherent physiology. The moment we emerge into this world our gift of life in the form of our breath begins. While in our physical bodies we are tethered to the rhythmic tide of the rising & falling of our breath in sync & in touch with the ebb & flow of Consciousness itself.

At some point early on, we will forget to remember our connection, our golden thread to all that is, to Consciousness.

As we begin to grow physically & the process of conditioning & societal programming begins to take place, often improper breathing habits begin to ingrain themselves.

Life with its attendant stresses, emotional upheavals & various traumatic experiences begin to form constrictions in the energetic flow of our subtle bodies.

It is now a well known fact that breathing & more particularly how we breathe, wields incredible power over our health, both physically & emotionally. Additionally from a Yogic perspective, spiritually as well.

It is interesting to note that while our body breathes automatically, we also have the ability to control our breathing.

We can control the speed that we breathe, which can include timing, such as  measured  retention of breath, in breath as well as out breath. We can also control the depth  & direction of each breath & whether we breathe in through our nose or through our mouth.

So simply put, by changing the way we breathe, we can influence the health of our physical & emotional bodies in a variety of ways.

In an upcoming video I will share with you the basics of natural breathing, diapramatic breath, which is always the correct way to breathe.

Until then, spend some time in your exhale!

 

Ocean Dust

Ujjayi Breath

In this continuing series on Why Breath I would like to introduce the Ujjayi Breath or sometimes called ocean breathing.

In this method one breathes in through the nose & out through the nose. No surprise here as many of the breathing techniques & most of yoga practice is commonly done employing nasal breathing & certainly the Ujjayi breath.

To correctly practice this breath, the glottis, (the space between the vocal chords) is slightly constricted, producing a soft rasping sound likened to ocean waves crashing upon the shore & then receding.

Becoming mesmerized by the sound & by the movement of the expanding & contracting, rising & falling of the abdomen, the focus of the practitioner narrows & hones to breath &  movement, no longer concerned with mental fluctuations.

The breath coming across the constricted glottis produces friction, which in turn produces heat. Heat in turn begins the internal process of warming the organs causing a softening & ultimately a release of stored toxins. This can be likened to a far infrared sauna, heating the body from the inside.

Ujjayi will  certainly relieve surface tensions & embedded toxins. Remember that toxins stored in the organs can be produced by negative emotions as well as environmentally ingested substances. These negative energies may have been present & buried deeply for a very long time. If  Ujjayi is practiced throughout an hour-long Yoga class, it is likely that some deep-seated tensions may rise to the surface.  These tensions can come in the form of streams of thought, or even unpleasant emotional memories.

With awareness & some understanding of what is happening, these restless emotional upheavals can be fully experienced & allowed to dissolve into what I call ocean dust. The Ujjayi ocean breath is a very powerful medium when practiced fully & regularly.

The practitioner at once becomes an alchemist, transmuting & dissolving the vrittis or disturbances in the stream of consciousness. The result of course is more available energy for loftier pursuits. Yoga & meditation practice go hand in hand & can be considered tools of inner excavation.

PRANA

PRANA
In this second article in the Why Breath series, I feel that Prana must be looked at. Understanding this underlying structure may create & stir impetus towards making changes on how we employ breath in our own lives.

Simply put, Prana is the life force embedded in the ether. Prana is defined in the Vedas as animating force.
It is spoken of by the Chinese as chi, the energy present in all things.
As such it can be expressed as energy, certainly generating a field which can spill out & surround the physical body. That, of course, is another discussion.

However we should note here one very important aspect of Prana.
As one brings one’s attention or awareness to the breath, this activates the Prana & increases the Pranic activity within the physical form. This breath then is considered to be Pranic breath.

Nurturing on a cellular molecular level, this Pranic breath increases the vitality of one’s physical form, bringing one in touch with the more subtle aspects of their being.
To be vital of course is to be alive, but many of us are barely alive if we use the way in which we breathe as a measuring stick.

Shallow breathing, mouth breathing, inattention to & lack of direct awareness of the breath ultimately results in a less than optimal state of being.
This in turn greatly reduces one’s overall experience; physical, emotional & spiritual.

ETHER or AETHER
Some understanding here of what ether actually is may be helpful.
Ether is one of the 5 elements that are foundational to the structure of our universe. These elements & the teachings surrounding them are described in the Ayurvedic texts as well as others.
The elements are ether, (space), air, fire, water, earth. Ether as space is considered to be the most subtle of the five.

Prana then resides in the ether & is drawn into the physical body via the breath. It literally rides in on the breath.

Pranayama is often mistakenly referred to solely as breathing techniques or breath work by Yoga practitioners. It should be noted & our understanding broadened to see pranayama as control of the Prana using the vehicle of the breath.

A subtle difference perhaps but it is present, none the less. There are a lot of subtleties in breath & Yoga.

As one gradually sheds the gross outer, moving inwards towards a more refined, attuned level, discernment of these differences becomes more accessible & can be apprehended.

So just to recap, as one brings one’s attention to the breath, one is activating the breath. Breath becomes Pranic or alive.

AUM

AUM or OM is a mantra we chant for meditation or at the beginning  & end of practice.

It IS the sound of the ocean waves crashing to shore, the infinite roar inside the conch shell. It IS the soft coo of a dove, the rustle of a bird’s wings. It IS the ebb & flow of the seasons, the mysterious passage from day to nite, twilight to dawn.

AUM has no origin. Expanding & contracting, the pulsing of the universe creates a hum that we vocalize as AUM. So when we chant AUM we remind ourselves we are connected to one another & all that is…