In Hindu mythology there is an interesting story about Lord Vishnu and his devotee Narada. Lord Vishnu(who is the God of nourishment of life and universe),Narada (a great devotee of Lord Vishnu and messenger of gods). Narada recites the name of Lord Vishnu Narayana Narayana to his each breath.
One day he was curious to know who is the greatest devotee of Lord Vishnu. So he went to Lord Vishnu and enquired who is your greatest devotee my Lord. Lord Vishnu smiled and said you can find him in the earth. He is a poor farmer and he is my greatest and lovable devotee. Hearing this Narada Surprised and felt jealous of this farmer. He wanted to know why this farmer is Lord Vishnus greatest devotee. So he went down to earth and searched him. He found that this farmer cannot be a greater devotee as compared to him. He approached Lord Vishnu and said that this farmer only recite your name three times in a day. Once in morning, second when he start taking his meal in afternoon and third before sleep. How can he be a greatest devotee then me as I recite your name every breath more than several thousand times in a day.
Lord Vishnu asked Narada, what do you observed his daily routine. Narada said This farmer wake up early morning then clean and feed his cattles , clean his home and finish his morning duties then go to the field along with cattles, plough the field to grow crops, then afternoon for a while take his lunch then again back to work till evening. After finished his job in the filed back to home then cook his meal, eat and then sleep. He also has a fear that the rain will appear soon or not. If there will be draught, how can he feed his cattles and himself for the rest of the year.
Lord Vishnu asked Narada to go through a test. He asked to fill his Kamandal (a pot to keep the holy water) till the top and asked him to make a round of the earth but placed a condition that not a single drop of water should dropped. Narada went to the journey of the earth. After a while when he came back, Lord Vishnu asked is there any drop of water fall down. Narada said no because I concentrated a lot during my move and make sure that not a single drop of water falls. Lord Vishnu said how many times you recited my name during this period.
Narada said not a single time as I was so focused and careful that no water- drop falls. Lord Vishnu said This farmer perform all his duties, has lot of tensions, take care of his cattles, but still he recite my name three times a day . So do you understand the reason why he is my greatest devotee.
I shared this story to understand the importance of awareness.Buddhas teaching is very simple and yet effective. He was the first person to tell the world that while meditating watch your breath. This method is called vipassana, It means come inside and see. Let your breath to be spontaneous like water flows in the river. Sometimes water flows slow, sometimes fast and vigorous. Sometimes your breath flow very softly and sometimes very fast. Its like watching the water of river without changing its flow. Water-flow of the river is our breath. Through the breath you can have access to the conscious, sub-conscious and un-conscious mind. Buddhas teaching doesn’t only means to just sit and watch, in progressive stage of practice is mindfulness. While you eating, driving, working, talking, walking or performing any job, be aware of your breath. Its quite a difficult practice. After long term discipline, practice and guidance one can achieve this state .You are doing your karma to the outside world and still you are aware of your inside. Now let me relate the story of Hindu mythology and Buddhas teaching- The breath is same like Narada kamandal water. Always have a focus not to drop a single drop of water. Not to drop a single breath without awareness and still doing the outside job (karma) means to recite the name of Narayana.
The day ones achieve this state he or she is very close to his/her real identity. What is the difference between pranayama and vipassana? Practice of yogic Pranayama leads to control your breath. It helps to open Prana and energy channels to flow freely, helps to establish the connection between all five koshas and leads to a good health. It also helps to control emotions and reveals hidden power by practicing kumbhaka(retention of breath). Once you control your breath, you are ready to go to the stage of Pratyahara (The fifth limb of Ashtanga yoga) diverting all your sense to inward direction. In vipassana there is no effort to change or control the breath. It should be spontaneous and natural. One just becomes the absolute observer of his breath. In oxygen yoga we always focus on the breath which helps to develop in-depth awareness. Our OXY-YOGA classes help you to learn how to focus on the breath even you are in some posture or in movement. In OXY-YOGA, we practice the both traditional breathing methods pranayama and vipassana. Mindful art of the breath.
Breath is an integral part of our life. Respiration fuels the burning of oxygen and glucose, producing energy to power every muscular contractions, glandular secretion and mental process. The breath is intimately linked to all aspects of human experience. Many people use only a small part of their lung capacity during breathing.
The breathing is sometimes shallow, depriving the body of oxygen and prana essential to its good health.
Regular practice of Pranayama increases and enhances the quantity and quality of prana, clears blocked nadis and chakras, and results in the practitioner feeling energetic, enthusiastic and positive. Practiced correctly under the right supervision prananyama(breathing) brings harmony between the body, mind and spirit, making one physically, mentally and spiritually strong. One more dimension we are adding now is the flow of OXYGEN to your breath. Since most of time we get less oxygen and polluted air each breath, our health may is on stake. In our classes you will not only practice pranayama but also inhaling fresh oxygen for your healthy lungs and great ecstatic peace.
Breath out toxins, Breath in Life (Oxygen)
Did you know that we can throw out maximum of the toxins from our body by breathing correctly? The key to healthy and happy living lies in right breathing. When we attend to our breath, it can heal us from all worries and anxieties.
Benefits of Pranayama (Breathing Techniques)
- Enhances the quantity and quality of life force
- Clears blocked energy channels
- Harmonizes the body, mind and spirit
- Boosts the immune system
- Rejuvenates the body and mind
- Slows down the ageing process