2. Use breathing practices to control the mind
There isn’t a more trusted and reliable friend than your breath. You can learn so much about your current state, physically, mentally, and emotionally by observing how your breath is flowing.
The way you breath has a significant impact on your state of mind and your wellbeing. Breath and body are interrelated just as the breath and mind are also.
The pranayama practices (breathwork) are ancient breathing techniques from the yoga system. It is said that pranayama is the bridge which connects the physical body with the mind.
When you practice pranayama techniques, you become aware of the breath and gradually the external awareness diminishes. The internal awareness expands, allowing you to prepare the mind for meditation.
We have a large variety of pranayama practices in our tradition. We classify them into different categories to apply to different situations and needs.
The breathing techniques that we use when preparing for meditation are from the categories of Basic Breathing Techniques. “The Abdominal Breath,” Tranquillising breathing practices such as “Bhramari Pranayama (The humming Bee Breath).” And from the Balancing Pranayama “Nadi Shodhana (Alternative Nostril breathing)”, click here to learn more about Nadi Shodhana.