Monday, December 5, 2011

Health and Fitness.

Catch your breath

December 5, 2011
By Yogi Ashwini
Count the number of times you breathe in a minute. Now look at the mirror.

Vedic rishis have said that if your breath count is less than 10 per minute, you will exude youth, beauty and glow. If it is above 15, you have fallen prey to disease, sadness and old age.

Breath is a direct indicator of your state of being. You derive vital prana (energy) from the breath you take in. When the body is under stress, cells consume prana at a faster rate. Consequently the body gasps for more breath and the breathing rate is higher.

When you breathe at a faster pace, the body while producing greater amount of energy, also generates toxins (ama) in proportionate amount as an equal and opposite reaction. This ama causes corrosion of body cells and accelerates the ageing process.

We will understand this with an example. A dog breathes 25-30 times a minute; its average life span is 12-15 years. Compare this to the 100-150 years a tortoise lives. Do you know the breath count of a tortoise? It is two-three breaths per minute.

More is not always good. Prana should be optimum. Sanatan Kriya, the age-old tool of the Vedic rishis, optimises the pranic consumption of the cells and makes them efficient and healthy. The efficacy of the practice has been established at the prestigious Indian Medical Association (IMA), where doctors recorded a drop of 15 counts in the heart rate of a practitioner during 50 minutes of strenuous asanas.

You derive vital energy from breath, touch, food, sight and sound. Looking at vibrant energies, hearing vibrant chants and positive things, touching the vital energy present in certain centres of your body and looking at the energy emanating from evolved souls are all sources of prana for you.

It is often said that you become what you follow, just like that these become the source of prana for you. So if you follow the sun, you will imbibe its brightness within you; if you follow a monkey, you will end up dancing around trees.

How you absorb this prana is what a guru tells you as per your requirement. He might give you all or might ignore you; all depends on your capacity. As you absorb more vital prana, there are subtle changes in you and your life, which indicate that you are on the right path.

We are all divine beings going through a human experience. We need a guru to give us the experience and make us aware of the divinity and hidden powers inside. So find your anchor and get your experience lest you waste this life!

Yogi Ashwini, an authority on yoga, tantra and the Vedic sciences, is the guiding light of Dhyan Foundation. He is the author of Sanatan Kriya: 51 Miracles... And a Haunting

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