Day 34 of #yogasutrachallenge: YS 1.34 Pracchardanavidharanabhyam va pranasya My interpretation: Or you can still the mind by focusing on exhalation and retention of the breath This is the first of a series of alternatives Patanjali offers to devotion to the divine as a subject for meditation. Much more accessible for many of us, including me, is the breath. Yoga has developed an extensive set of breathing techniques (pranayama) for this purpose, but the essential ingredients for Patanjali are exhalation and holding of the breath (as well as, I’m hoping, inhalation from time to time). In yoga, breath is closely linked to the mind, and the exhalation is also linked with a type of energy called apana, a downward force that helps to eliminate toxins. By exhaling strongly you’re forcing out the causes of agitation in the mind. Also, it’s easy to observe in daily life when the mind is disturbed the breath is also erratic and shallow, while when it's calm the breath is slow and deep. By controlling the breath, we are at the same time controlling the mind. Simple J. Why not set aside a few minutes in the morning, afternoon and evening this week to simply breath slowly and deeply, elongating the exhale as much as is comfortable, and see if it makes a difference?
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