Lately I’ve been reading Liz Lark’s 1,001 Pearls of Yoga Wisdom ~ Take your Practice Beyond the Mat. In fact, today as I picked up the book for a burst of inspiration I came across this Ralph Waldo Emerson quote:
“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment”
And as I was reading this in the morning over tea, blackberries, honey and toast, life became miraculously better with another burst of yogi wisdom in my cup of Yogi Tea with a charming quote on the teabag tag reading:
“The purpose of life is to enjoy every moment.”
Indeed we try!
In Lark’s book of wise yogi sayings there is a section I dig called Throughout Your Working Day ~ Establishing Self-Confidence. In this section I also recently discovered a wonderful yogi breathing exercise about energizing the spine (something anyone who sits in front of a computer will benefit from), and felt inspired to share here on FGS:
Krama breathing has the meaning “step” or “stage”. This method is known to enhance your sense of self by peacefully and gradually
filling your body with fresh life-force (known as Prana in Yoga).
This form of krama breathing divides your inhalation
into three parts, allowing for a full breath on the inhale and a soothing exhale:
- Sit with your spine upright bringing your focus to your tail-bone and inhale the first third of breath from your tail-bone to the top of your pelvis, hold for a brief moment.
- In the second phase of breath, try to feel your breath moving from the top of your pelvis to the space behind your heart, and again hold very lightly.
- On the third part of the inhalation, try to sense your breath moving from your heart to the crown of your head, hold once more. Exhale, releasing the breath in a wave from the crown of your head to your tail-bone.
*Please note~Warm up to this centering exercise slowly and if you feel discomfort at any stage do not hold the breath as you inhale.
The above meditation is taught in exercise # 185 from 1,001 Pearls of Yoga Wisdom.