Practice Pranayama to Access Higher Energies – American Institute of Vedic Studies

http://www.vedanet.com/2013/03/practice-pranayama-to-access-higher-energies/

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Nurturing Our Sankalpa Shakti, the sacred Intention


Shakthi unleashed

Shakthi unleashed


Nurturing Our Sankalpa Shakti, the sacred Intention
Every prayer must manifest our Sankalpa Shakti in the presence of the moment.
A true Yogic awakening flows with divine grace when we remind ourselves every morning of our daily Sankalpa!

The soft hues of dawn ushers in a surreal silence where we can tap into our deeper self, experiencing the subtle vibrations and sensations which permeate the body, mind, heart and spirit. Yogic Awakening must unfold gentle meditative moments to assuage the flow of our thoughts and sensations reminding ourselves of the need for nurturing our higher being, the soul stirrings of which are in the presence of every moment.

Awakening to a deeper awareness of the breath stirs the soul into this presence of body, mind and heart. Maha Prana is the essence of Shiva and Shakti, the masculine and feminine energies as the flow of Pranic grace. In Yogic parlance we must cultivate the deeper breath of harmony, love and nurturing.

We must heal and calm the Prana before moving into our nightly sleep modes. The deep calm Prana salutes our divinity!
Last thing at night we need to spend some quiet moments in contemplation – how much of our Sankalpa have we allowed to manifest through the presence of every moment…..

Sankalpa is not about punishing ourselves through rigid thoughts and practices. We must formalise a vision or Sankalpa with a positive intention rooted in the presence of every moment beginning with our conscious breath and acknowledging that pure Love is our deeper nature which nurtures our true essence.

The core of every sankalpa is nurturing, and a calm mind helps manifest the sankalpa at a deeper level. Reinforcing the sankalpa as divine grace allows it to manifest in our lives as Shakti.

The positive mind-set formalising the Sankalpa from a meditative, calm and sthira space helps to stir positive vibrations that set the Sankalpa into motion. A peaceful heart nurtured through awareness and clarity is the best place to sow the seed of our sankalpa and to resonate with its sacred intention through the spoken word or mantric Shakti force.
Shakti Sankalpa is the sacred Intention which aspires for higher goals in our lives, manifesting our deeper resolution, determination, tenacity, persistence and perseverance in achieving and fulfilling our dharma.

Breath ! Breath ! Breath !!

Praana - the vital energy

Breathing is essential and basic necessity of humans and other mammals, to life, to exist.


The breathing rhythm relies on an area of the brain stem known as the preBötzinger complex
** – a network of neurons exhibiting rhythmic bursts of activity that initiate inspiration.

Please Breath !


The frequency of the rhythm varies in response to such challenges as exercise, sleep, or changes in altitude.

The preBötzinger complex also participates in detecting reduced concentration of oxygen in the blood, stimulating a gasping response in order to restore healthy oxygen levels.

This response is critical to humans diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnea, a disorder in which a sleeping individual’s breathing undergoes prolonged pauses broken by gasps or sighs.

The failure to gasp has been implicated in Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

It has become clear that an understanding of the cellular mechanisms underlying normal and distressed breathing would be invaluable in treating these and a host of other respiratory ailments.