Pranayama is a Sanskirt word meaning “extension of prana or breath“. Pranayama is the fourth ‘limb’ of the eight limbs of Raja Yoga.
For one morning it’s good not to bump into anybody. A place to swing the arms and walk along in giant steps or slowly amble at a pace that’s comfortable for me. To be out from under the glare of indoor light and away from the sound of industrial hum. For just one morning to fill my lungs with the freshest of air. To walk along and stretch the bones, remembering to breath, breath.
For one morning it’s good to be not surrounded by glass and steel. No concrete walk or level street, no safety rail for me. A little bit of wilderness to test myself against my age and my agility. Being mindful where to step, climbing hills, hopping rocks, stop and listen, smell and see. Site a new direction, remembering to breath, breath.
For one morning it is good to see the world for myself rather than through the eyes of some reporter on TV. To sit and watch the clouds and contemplate what the weathers going to be. A place away from news of hunger, war or man made catastrophe. Let me find my place in the season, summers gown or autumn leaves; and for just one morning I’m remembering how to breath.
Life is breath. Without breath there is no life. How about you take one minute for yourself right now to breath? One minute! Enlarge one of the scenes above to full screen. Empty your mind and close your eyes for ten seconds. Chant to yourself “my mind is empty, I’m just breathing, for one minute I am going to breath”. Open your eyes. Breath…Breath…relax..Fifty or sixty breaths should do. Try it next time for just one morning. A Hui Hou.