Written by Christine Glover

Pranayama is the term used to describe yoga breathing techniques. Some Pranayama exercises are extremely simple but when developed into a daily routine become a powerful rejuvenation therapy. The prana is the vital life energy present in all thing in the universe. The highest function of our prana it thought. The most powerful expression of our prana is in love. We can extend our love to others and ourselves to begin a renewal process. Asana are the yogic postures and have an influence on the prana and the effective performance of pranayama.

“The normal breathing rate is fifteen times a minute and 21,600 times in every 24 hours. However, the number varies according to your way of life, Read and emotional state. Pranayama lengthens the time taken by each inhalation and exhalation, thereby slowing down the process of ageing, its practice leads to a longer life.

In old age the respiratory function decreases, due to contraction of the air cells of the lungs, which take in less oxygen. Pranayama will help to normalise their size and make the red corpuscles circulate in all parts of the body, infusing life and vigour throughout. By its practise even old people can delay the ageing process.

The overall length of the nerves in the body is around 6,000 miles, their function is delicate. Asana (yoga exercises) and pranayama keep the nervous system clean and clear, aiding an uninterrupted flow of energy, a steady steam of life giving prana through the whole body down to a cellular level.” (BKS Iyengar – Light on Pranayama). Asana practise brings elasticity to the fibres of the lungs for better performance of pranayama

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Benefits of Meditation

10 clear observable effects of meditation

1. Good physical health & quick recovery in cases of illness.

2. A sense of renunciation of useless things

3. A proper sense of proportion in life .Things are done when necessary and not out of uncurbed energy.

4. Strengthening of the facilities of experience.5 Senses of perception .5 Organs of  action .

5. Forgiveness, which depends on not letting the mind get excited .From this kindness & compassion increase, developing naturally into universal love .

6. Loss of the sense of separation. This is mine, this is yours.

7. Freedom from greed .Freedom from envy & malice .First less greedy & then not  greedy at all.

8. Freedom from fear.

9. Increase in self confidence.

10. Gloominess diminishes .We see the bright side of things.

These are the symptoms of meditation and these are the very qualities that are most difficult to attain in any other way. With meditation they come naturally as hunger is naturally satisfied from eating .These are the observable effects of meditation not the aim. The aim of meditation is to disperse the feeling of incompleteness ,which we experience due to ignorance and uniquely by restoring balance to lead us to completeness to wholeness to unity and ultimately to simple truth itself .

While philosophy asks the master questions it is the fortunate few who discover  that it is meditation which holds the master key to their resolution and  we should be happy to join that few .

Transcribed from Philosophy & Meditation lecture by Mr Michael Ryan.

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