Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Some Asana as Pranayama

This is a workout using my favorite technique of bayha kumbhaka, suspension of breath after exhale. I find great inner peace with this technique, which sets me up for meditation. It also builds the inhalation to balance energy on a sluggish day. But the best reason for practice is expressed in sutra 1.43: prachardhana vidharana bhyam va pranasya - by suspension of breath the thought waves in the mind are quieted. This is my exact experience. Enjoy the practice! Yoga is the cessation of thought waves in the consciousness. then the yogi dwells in her own true splendor. Otherwise there is identification with the modifications of the mind. Practice and detachment are the means to still the modifications. Or by exhalation and suspension of breath. (sutras 1.2, 3, 4, 12, and 34) 1. seated side stretch with 3 count breath suspension per exhale x8 2. wide leg upright twist and wide leg upright with hands behind hips too lift heart 3. baddha konasana upright with hand sbehind hips 4. wide leg forward fold - 1/4, 1/2, 3/4, and then into your comfortable max of the moment, maybe 3-5 breaths each 5. baddha konasana same as #4 6. down dog - lift leg and open hip, heel to opposite fanny cheek inhale, knee to opposite armpit exhale, then step into ardha matsyendrasana - inhale halfway out of twist, exhale go back in x3, then hold 3 breaths with 3 count suspension after exhale 7. chat/up dog/down dog x5-10 8. warrior 1, 1/2 pyramid inhale, exhale twist triangle with 3 count (or less) suspension 3-5 breaths, pyramid 9. bound extended right angle pose to bound triangle to regular triangle 10. wide leg standing forward fold 11. 1 leg bow, full bow 12. beginning cobra, intermediate cobra, up dog, full straight armed cobra, roll down to beginning, crocodile rest 13. bridge up on inhale, stay up on exhale, roll down on suspension 14. apanasana 15. seated forward fold with 3 count (or less) breath suspension 16. seated 6-3-6-3 breathing, then restful breathing, allowing space between if it comes 17. nada sanchalana - inhale up front of body, aware of each chakra, exhale OM down back body, aware of each chakra 18. savasana

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