Cultivate Your Inner Life
Conscious Connected Breathing: The two-stage Pranayama breath is a technique that promotes an experiential journey inward that's different for every body and novel each time you do it. The practice of breathwork has been around for centuries. Pranayama is a Sanskrit word that translates as prana = breath/energy + yama = control/extension. It teaches discipline and manipulation of breath to promote healing. Results like mental clarity, emotional purging, increased alertness, and improved mind-body connection, as well as actual physical benefits like lower blood pressure, better cardiovascular health, stronger lungs, and more restful sleep are just a few of the positive benefits.
Breathwork is a self-empowering and self-healing technique using your own breath. It works on the physical, mental, and emotional levels to help open and connect you more deeply to your spiritual nature. The two-stage Pranayama breath takes advantage of increased oxygen levels to enhance blood flow and activate your parasympathetic nervous system - your rest, digest, and relax response. Building your ability to control and balance O2 to CO2 levels can help lower your blood pH and correlates to better regulation of eating habits, respiration, how your body repairs itself, and disease prevention. By changing your vibrational energy patterns, breathwork helps you feel more in control, less vulnerable to stress and anxiety and gives an overall sense of well-being. These subconscious changes help people to experience a deeper connection to themselves and the world around them.
The two-stage Pranayama breath is considered active meditation. It's done with an open mouth – the breath is drawn into the belly, then the chest with an easy exhale to complete the rhythmic circle. The breath stimulates the vagus nerve, which is the longest cranial nerve. The vagus nerve's sensory functions are divided into two components: Somatic - these are sensations felt on the skin or in the muscles and Visceral - these are sensations felt in the organs of the body.
Sensory functions of the vagus nerve include:
»»» Providing somatic sensation information for the skin behind the ear, the external part of the ear canal, and certain parts of the throat
»»» Supplying visceral sensation information for the larynx, esophagus, lungs, trachea, heart, and most of the digestive tract
»»» Playing a small role in the sensation of taste near the root of the tongue
Motor functions of the vagus nerve include:
»»» Stimulating muscles in the pharynx, larynx, and the soft palate
»»» Stimulating muscles in the heart, helping to lower resting heart rate and increase blood flow
»»» Stimulating involuntary contractions in the digestive tract, including the esophagus, stomach, and most of the intestines
I have been trained to observe the breath and see, physically, where your breath is being held. I use simple verbal cues to modify your body's position, music to help deepen the experience, and positive affirmations to help the breath to expand, deepen, and flow more freely. This all works together to clear negativity in the subconscious mind and help you feel clearer, calmer, lighter, happier, more connected, and peaceful!
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IMPORTANT CONTRAINDICATIONS OF BREATHWORK
Breathwork is an energetic healing experience that can result in powerful physical and emotional release. Therefore, it is not advised for persons with a history of cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, glaucoma, significant recent physical injuries, or surgery. Breathwork is not advised for persons with severe mental illness or seizure disorders. It is also unsuitable for anyone with a personal history of aneurysms. Pregnant women are advised against practicing Breathwork without first consulting and getting approval from their OB-GYN or family practitioner. Persons with asthma should bring their inhaler and consult with their primary care physician and the Breathwork Facilitator. This work is deeply experiential and may involve intense energetic, physical, and emotional release. Breathwork with Luna Zen does not substitute for professional medical treatments and/or psychotherapy, but it can significantly deepen and enhance psychotherapy and other healing modalities in tandem with personal growth efforts.