I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart.
I am, I am, I am.
~ Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar
Please honor your body and your own personal wisdom. Breathe on Purpose is intended for education and information purposes and is not intended to act as or replace the advice of a licensed healthcare professional.
The 15-second breath is a great practice for learning how to slow the breath down, and to eventually hold the breath for periods of time. It is an eventual lead up to the minute breath.
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“May the long time sun shine upon you, all love surround you, and the pure light within you guide your way home” is the closing song of classes taught in Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan/3HO. It is adapted from the lyrics of “A Very Cellullar Song” performed by The Incredible String Band and written by Mike Heron.
I am a KRI Level I Kundalini Yoga Instructor since 2005, trained under Gurucharan Khalsa, Guru Dharam Khalsa, Nirbhe Kaur, and Mahan Rishi Singh with additional studies in Naam Yoga under Joseph Michael Levry.
Breath is essential to life. It is the first thing we do when we are born and the last thing we do when we leave. In between that time, we take about half a billion breaths. What we may not realize is that the mind, body, and breath are intimately connected and can influence each other. Our breathing is influenced by our thoughts, and our thoughts and physiology can be influenced by our breath. Learning to breathe consciously and with awareness is the fourth limb of yoga, and it can be a valuable tool in helping to restore balance in the mind and body. From Breathing for Life: The Mind-Body Healing Benefits of Pranayama