• Kathy Unger

You Want to Change Your Life? Change the Way you Breathe!


YES!! It is that simple. You want to change your life? Change the way you #BREATHE!!


During my first #Kundalini #Yoga class in 2007 my teacher Rainer Perry (Randhir) spoke those words of wisdom and it resonated so deeply inside of me it has changed my life for the better.


“If you want to change your life…. Change the way you breathe.”


Even though I didn’t know the #science behind it – it made perfect sense on so many levels.


After becoming a #Kundalini #Yoga teacher and researching and learning more about breath work – here is a simplified answer:


Every breath you take into your body is recording your physical, mental and emotional state.


When you change the way you breathe the recording changes. The messages you’re constantly sending to your #brain and #body through your #subconscious are changed.


Your #electromagnetic #frequency changes. Your #energy changes. Your thought patterns change.


Your breath is the language of the body. It serves as an interpreter. Your breathe translates what you want to happen and then delivers those messages to your brain and nervous system to bring about the desired #change.


Here are some easy and effective breathing techniques to change your life:


ANXIETY

Long Deep Breathing

Make your inhale expansive filling your lower abdomen, belly and chest

HOLD your breath for 1-2 seconds

Slowly exhale through the nose making the exhale longer than the inhale


For advanced meditators you can: Inhale for 20 seconds / Hold for 20 seconds / Exhale for 20 seconds


ANGER

Sitali Breath

Stick your tongue out and curl the tongue. Inhale and sip the air in through the curled tongue - long and deep for at least 3-5 seconds

Close your mouth

HOLD your breath – let the breathe circulate for 1-2 seconds

Exhale through the nose


DEPRESSION

Breath of Fire *** DO NOT DO BREATHE OF FIRE IF PREGNANT OR MENSTRUATING***

Quick and equal inhale and exhale through the nose with the mouth closed

Should be 2-3 breaths per second

Pump your navel while breathing (out on inhale / inward on exhale)


INCREASE ENERGY Breath of Fire *** DO NOT DO BREATHE OF FIRE IF PREGNANT OR MENSTRUATING***

Quick and equal inhale and exhale through the nose with the mouth closed

Should be 2-3 breaths per second

Pump your navel while breathing (out on inhale / inward on exhale)


CALM NERVOUS SYSTEM & BALANCE BRAIN HEMISPHERES Alternate Nose Breathing

Take your thumb and close off the right nostril

Deeply inhale through the left nostril

Hold for 1-2 seconds as you gently close the left nostril with your pinky finger

Exhale through the right nostril

Inhale through right nostril with left nostril closed with pinky finger

Hold for 1-2 seconds as you gently close off right nostril

Exhale through left nostril

REPEAT


CALMNESS / SENSITIVITY / EMPATHY / SYNTHESIS

Breathe through LEFT NOSTRIL ONLY

Close off the right nostril with thumb

Deeply inhale

HOLD 1-2 seconds

Gently exhale


VIGOR / ALERTNESS / WILL POWER / CONCENTRATION / READINESS FOR ACTION

Breathe through RIGHT NOSTRIL ONLY

Close off the left nostril with pinky finger

Deeply inhale

HOLD 1-2 seconds

Gently exhale



SEGMENTED BREATHING TECHNIQUES:


HEALING / ENERGIZING / UPLIFTING Inhale through nose with mouth closed

4 quick sniffs on inhale

HOLD 1-2 seconds

Exhale 1 long breath

HOLD breath out for 1-2 seconds

CLARITY / ALERTNESS / TRIGGERING GLANDS

Inhale through nose with mouth closed

4 quick sniffs on inhale

HOLD 1-2 seconds

Exhale gently 4 parts out

HOLD breath out for 1-2 seconds


FOCUSING / ENERGIZING

Inhale through nose with mouth closed

8 quick sniffs on inhale

HOLD 1-2 seconds

Exhale gently 4 parts out

HOLD breath out for 1-2 seconds


CALMING / UNBLOCKING / LETTING GO

Inhale through nose with mouth closed

4 quick sniffs on inhale

HOLD 1-2 seconds

Exhale gently 8 parts out

HOLD breath out for 1-2 seconds



Benefits of conscious breathing and meditation:

  • 3 Minutes – positively effects the circulation of blood

  • 11 minutes – positively effects the nervous system and glandular system

  • 22 minutes – balances negative, positive and neutral minds

  • 31 minutes – triggers glands, breath and concentration affects all the cells and rhythms of the body and deeply affects all the layers of the mind

  • 62 minutes – positive pattern of the meditation to the brain brings positive effects to nervous system on a deep long lasting level

  • 2 ½ hours – subconscious mind will dump negative impressions and align with an expansive and uplifting experience of your core spiritual identity

I'll be teaching a few Kundalini Yoga classes at Devotion Yoga in Croton-on-Hudson on Sat. 7/28, Sun. 7/29 and Sat. 8/4 if you're in the area and would like to check out a class.


If you're in the NYC area you can visit Hari's Treehouse on 30th between 6th & 7th.


Hope this helped.


Please leave comments below – would love to know how it has changed your life.

Ra Ma Da Sa Meditation for Healing @ Chuang Yen Monastery

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