Just as the impurities of metals, such as gold, silver, etc. are destroyed by heating them in fire, similarly, mental and physical diseases and other defects of the body, the mind, and the senses are burned by the fire of Pranayama, and their purity is achieved by the performance of breathing exercises. Just as vacuum cleaner removes all kinds of dirt from the house, so the suction machine of breathing exercises sucks up all defects from the body, senses, and mind, and removes them through expiration, perspiration, and other excretory channels.
-Dr. Ramamurti S. Mishra, M.D. (Shri Brahmananda Sarasvati)
If I had to limit my advice on healthier living to just one tip, it would be simply to learn how to breathe correctly. From my own experience and from working with patients, I have come to believe that proper breathing is the master key to good health.
– Andrew Weil, M.D., author of Natural Health, Natural Medicine
Dr. Weil has also said:
The simplest and most important technique for protecting your health is breathing. I have seen breath control alone achieve remarkable results: lowering blood pressure, ending heart arrhythmias, improving long-standing patterns of poor digestion, increasing blood circulation throughout the body, decreasing anxiety and allowing people to get off addictive anti-anxiety drugs and improving sleep and energy cycles.
The Breath is the meeting ground between the conscious and unconscious minds. It is the access point that bridges the connection to body, mind, emotions and spirit.
– Deepak Chopra
What is Breathwork?
Breathwork (breath therapy) is a way to release dysfunctional patterns like fear, anxiety and worry, and live a creative and harmonious life by breathing correctly and consciously.
Breathwork is a way to create vitality, focus, peace and unity.
Everybody has to breathe to survive in the physical plane. But by breathing consciously and correctly we use the hidden potential in the breath to create physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing. This kind of breathing is both an art form and science. It needs continuous practice and some effort, but this effort is more like effortless effort, it is not controlled or forced.
Benefits of Breathwork
- Brings more oxygen and life force into the body,
- Increases blood circulation and releases toxins and blockages
- Reduces stress and creates more relaxed and peaceful state of mind
- Increases capacity to be present, loving and empowered
- Grows our capacity to feel our emotions
- Balances the right and left hemispheres of the brain
- Enhances our healing capacity and complements other healing therapies
- Creates a powerful bridge between body, mind and spirit and brings us towards unity consciousness.
Click here for our class schedule including breathwork classes. Beside these regular classes, once or twice a month Briksha Mahendra leads a breathwork workshop, for additional information visit his Meetup group.
Briksha also offers one on one breathwork sessions, for more info visit his website.