December 6, 2011
Sama Vritta Pranayama
During the busyness of this season, it is imperative that we practice ways to remain calm, connected to our physical bodies, and centered in our subtle (energetic) body. Sama Vritta Pranayama could be part of this practice.
We know that Pranayama means “breath control”, and this is a way of regulating the breath voluntarily. Sama; translates to “same”, and Vritti; “to move”. Sama Vritta Pranayama is simply balancing the inhalation and the exhalation. Allow yourself the time and space to observe the breath throughout your body as your life-force energy. Be aware of it’s nourishing quality.
Discover balance within the breath by counting to yourself slowly on both the inhalation and the exhalation, making both counts equal, or the same. Be aware of every single moment within the inhalation. Be aware of every single moment within the exhalation.
This practice helps to calm the mind, and balances also our Prana (life-force). When our breath and subtle energy is balanced within the body, then our thoughts become centered and clear, as opposed to being scattered and chaotic. This is Yoga.