Nightly as we go into deep sleep, such that we are unable to dream, the ego can no more be found. All the stories and fiction are gone. Deep, dreamless sleep is some sort of a short-term death. Death is a long term sleep.
In dreams, there is still a possibility that we may be able to recall what we dreamt. People go on managing their deep rooted ego even in their dreams. As such, psychoanalysts try to delve deep into your dreams as there is a possibility of you maintaining your identity and more loopholes can be found.
Bhastrika means bellows breath.
In this type of Pranayama the lungs expand and collapse like bellows of the blacksmith.
This pranayama consists of quick inhalation and exhalation and produces a lot of heat within the body. It can be performed with slow, medium or fast pace as per your capacity. However, people who suffer from high blood pressure, hypertension, pregnant women, cancer, diabetes, lung problems are not advised to proceed with the practice. Women go through their monthly menstrual periods are also not advise to practice.
The technique to perform this pranayama is as follows:
- Sit in any meditative position with spine and head erect
- Inhale quickly so as to expand your chest i.e. lungs are filled with air
- Without retaining the breath quickly exhale the breath
- Again inhale the breath and exhale as before
Perform such quick rounds of inhalation and exhalation slowly and steadily without putting too much pressure or force. Practice 10 rounds of 10 quick inhalations and exhalations which total to 100.
Practicing this pranayama leads to glowing health and skin, clears sore throat, increases lung capacity, clears doubts and mental pain, helps in depression and so on.
Note: This pranayama should be practiced with proper guidance from a well qualified yoga teacher. The author is not responsible for any injuries whatsoever that may arise from following the steps given above without proper guidance from the author.
Congratulations to those who have made it through the 200 Hr Yoga Teacher Training, Weekend batch from Jan to March 2010. Through your hardwork, sweat, tears (blood? I hope not) I hope this lovely bunch of girls have learnt something valuable for life. Yoga philosophy cannot be learnt just be reading, application to one’s life is more important than remembering the verses. Hope you will not stop learning Yoga as this is only the start.
Here are some photos for memories….
Testimonial by Britini who has graduated from the Tirisula Yoga 200 Hr Yoga Teacher Training
Course in Singapore. Britini is a freelance Yoga Teacher travelling around the world.
Sutra Neti demonstration by Master Paalu Ramasamy from Tirisula Yoga
during a 200 Hr Yoga Teacher Training Course in Singapore. Sutra means thread and Neti means nasal cleansing
. Neti is one of the six purification techniques known as Shat Kriya as documented in the literature, Hatha Yoga Pradipika. Neti helps to clean the nasal passage ways, removing excess mucus and stimulate the nerves to make the brain more alert.
Do not practice this on your own without guidance from a Yoga teacher.
Check out some of the yoga posture adjustment techniques
here. For more details on 200 Hr Yoga Teacher Training Courses
, please visit www.tirisulayoga.com