Breath is the Foundation to Health – 6-7.30pm Kundalini Yoga Mon 16 May @ Prana Lounge, Col7

Breath is the Foundation of our physical, emotional and mental health.

Breathe correctly and we think more clearly, breathe correctly and we feel healthy and vital. Around 1/3 of all adults breathe incorrectly.

The most common error is to inhale into the chest while lifting up our diaphragm. Physiologically this is called paradoxical breathing because we try to expand our lungs as we reduce the chest cavity space by our diaphragm pushing up like an umbrella into our chest cavity. The result of this breathing is:

  1. Fatigue
  2. When exercising you can become dizzy
  3. Out of breath and gasping for air from the mouth
  4. Lack of vitality

Paradoxical breathing is like trying to run a race on crutches, it gets tiring. All this incorrect breath sends the wrong codes to our brain therefore our nervous system, ability to cope with stress and hormonal system, emotional coping, get out of synchronisation.

Our breathing reflects and effects what we have learnt and our emotional experience. It is therefore vital to regularly take our breathing off automatic pilot and take conscious charge of it.

When we breathe unconsciously or on autonomic functions, our breathing is controlled by the subconscious mind — a portion of the mental body system you have very little access to. Autonomic functions also generate every emotion, feeling-signals that are sent to the brain to produce thoughts describing the nature of each moment and prescribing a response. This is why you often have no control of your emotions arising from the subconscious. The subconscious occupies seventy-five percent of the total mental body because there’s a tremendous amount going on in the physical and the resulting emotional worlds . . . most of which you are never aware of. But remember the one physical function you control is your breathing. Breath can become a gateway, a pathway into your subconscious mind . . . the area with so much control of your life. Throughout history it has been known to every master that working with the breathing and subconscious mind is a way of mastering life — control how you feel, and you can control how you react/respond to everything. Co-manage the breath and you co-manage the direction of the subconscious mind, the feelings, the emotions and resulting thoughts, the reactions, the expectations . . . the very road and direction of your life.


Let’s try a small experiment using our conscious control of breath.

  • Close your eyes and now take a deep slow breath in through your nose. Now exhale through the nose rapidly. Do this 5 times, how do you feel? More energised?

Now reverse this, take a short, quick breath through your nose and then a long exhale through your nose. Once again do this 5 times. Do you feel more relaxed?

  • Your homework is to sit and observe your breathing as often as you can; share the impulse ‘to breathe’ and watch how it releases the control of how you feel, think and act. Become the one who is co-managing your world and do this often — at least for some minutes every day . . . it will change your life for good.

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This week’s classes:

Mon 16 May 6-7.30pm        Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7

Tues 17 May 6-7pm            Meditation @ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5

Wed 18 May 4.45- 7am        Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE)

Wed 18 May 3-3.45pm        Radiant Childs Class@ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5

Wed 18 May 7.15-8.15pm   Kundalini Yoga the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road

Sat 21 May 6 -7.30pm       Healing Gong Bath @ Sri Yoga Shala, Thalpe, Galle



Mechanics of being a Human

seven-silhouettes-girl-yoga-poses-illustration-colorful-slim-33368134Last week I had a week where I felt my mind and my emotions were out of control. I felt angry, frustrated, up against a corner as my physical body felt out of balance. In desperation I asked for guidance and ended up with an almost broken toe as I tripped on a drain, just after having another angry thought. This new twist in my life surprisingly put everything into perspective and gave me a new sense of relaxation, trust and presence.

We are the painter of our own picture. So if we want to change the picture of our life we need to start working on changing the painter i.e. us. This is where the mechanics of life and the science of being human must be practiced.

Lesson 1 -Your Reality

My subconscious is programing the mixture I am inhaling between inspiration and desperation with each breath I take.

When I inhale I am either physically, emotionally open and present or my memory will explain what is happening to me, based on my past experiences.

With every breath I have a choice where I come from but that choice is not created in that moment by my will, but by how I tune and clear my subconscious memory over time.

A daily yoga and meditation practice which allows me to watch my thoughts and emotions and let them go without becoming identified to them will help with clearing and tuning the subconscious mind.

If I do not regularly clear my subconscious mind, it will become stagnated and the traumas I have experienced which I have not let go of will become dramas. These dramas will cloud my memory and mind. Instead of living in spirit or inspiration I start to live in desperation. Instead of feeling that every breath, every moment offers brand new opportunities and solutions. Your mind and emotions get filled like mine did last week, with feelings of frustration, why is this happening to me, victim consciousness, anger, worry, tension etc. The older we get the more our moments are filled with desperation which can lead to a midlife crisis.

The key is to use our breath on a moment by moment basis to gauge how are we doing. How much do we feel inspired compared to desperate? If it is 15% inspiration and 85% desperation you have to decide you are going to increase that to 25% to 75% this is achievable. You do not want to give yourself unrealistic goals so you can just get more frustrated because you cannot achieve them and end up 10% inspired and 90% desperate.

colorful-yoga-pose-2Lesson 2 Turn off Fear/Turn on Faith

When you are feeling really fearful, you want to change your expression. The corners of your mouth going up in a smile have a direct correlation to the fascia running up to your kidneys, which relate to fear. The smile lifts the kidneys up turning off fear and turning on faith.

Reduce frustration increase relaxation

The dominance of which nostril you breath from will determine whether you can cool an angry or frustrated situation down so you can see the solution or make it worse. So if you want to cool things down inhale through your left nostril exhale through your right.

If you are feeling lazy, uninspired, lacking in creative motivation, heat things up with inhaling through your right and exhaling through your left. Practice, practice, practice and let’s make an experiment of our life so we can help ourselves and inspire others. Sat nam Fi x

This week’s classes:

Mon 25 Jan 6-7.30pm     Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Pl, Col 7

Tues 26 Jan 6-7pm          Meditation @ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5

Wed 27 Jan 4.45- 7am    Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE)

Wed 27 Jan 3-3.45pm     Kids Yoga @ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5

Wed 27 Jan 7.15-8.15pm   Kundalini Yoga@The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road