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post Nov 1 2013, 02:00 PM
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I've been practicing alternate nostril breathing daily for a few months, and I'm just not getting anything out of it. I don't think I'm doing it incorrectly, it's a simple procedure after all. I don't even get the stress reduction or feeling of clarity that some folks report, never mind the deeper aspects of pranayama which, if I understood correctly, involve gaining experience and mastery of prana. Am I just being way too impatient with this practice? If you practice pranayama regularly, what do you get out of it?


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post Oct 6 2014, 09:37 PM
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As far as pranayama is concerned I find it is mainly a tool to regulate the breath integration with one's body and mind. Ujjayi is the most common form I have practiced so far. However it seems to work well for reducing stress as focusing on the breath centers my mind into the present state. I also teach this style in my classes and it seems to have a calming effect on the students even if they are in physically demanding positions. Resulting in a "blissed out" state. I believe this is more of a yang style so it will energize ones mind making it more active. We do this to allow thoughts to enter the mind in order to deal with them mentally. Thus creating more will-power in the practitioner. I believe the mind is a muscle that we must work-out to gain the beneficial effects. This is how human bodies are made. One thing to remember when practicing like this, is that we have the power to shift the way we view ourselves. So that whenever a flurry of emotions arise, we can control their effects on us. The mind cannot hurt us unless we allow it to.

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Green Lantern   Pranayama Trouble   Nov 1 2013, 02:00 PM
fatherjhon   Hello I've been practicing alternate nostril...   Nov 2 2013, 09:24 AM
Green Lantern   Thanks for the reply. Let me explain what I've...   Nov 3 2013, 01:55 AM
fatherjhon   I used a 4:16:8 count. I created a simple sound t...   Nov 5 2013, 11:58 AM
Green Lantern   Ah! It never occurred to me that counting ca...   Nov 6 2013, 08:30 AM
fatherjhon   Okay. At the moment I also practice dharana and v...   Nov 6 2013, 11:40 AM
Green Lantern   I wouldn't dream of being greedy! :D The...   Nov 6 2013, 01:32 PM
fatherjhon   Regarding Vipassana, the instruction I received w...   Nov 6 2013, 02:56 PM
Green Lantern   Alright, thank you. I'll do Pranayama before D...   Nov 6 2013, 03:24 PM
fatherjhon   HI, How has the month gone? I'm curious to kn...   Dec 3 2013, 11:56 AM
Green Lantern   Hello. It went pretty well I think. I started wit...   Dec 3 2013, 01:09 PM
fatherjhon   Hello. It went pretty well I think. I started wi...   Dec 3 2013, 03:51 PM
Green Lantern   I will try this sometime. I think what I'm t...   Dec 4 2013, 02:08 AM
fatherjhon   I will try this sometime. I think what I'm tr...   Dec 4 2013, 11:15 AM
ThothSphere   Advanced ratios and pranayama in general HAS to be...   Jan 7 2014, 04:06 PM
Green Lantern   @Thothsphere. Unfortunately for me, spiritual and ...   Jan 10 2014, 05:07 AM
ThothSphere   @ Green Lantern Unfortunate. i have a similar situ...   Jan 21 2014, 07:34 AM

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