First, What is Pranayama?
It is the practice of controlling the breath through different breathing exercises.
By controlling your breathing, you affect the energy of your body and your mind.
When it comes to Pranayama, I see a lot of students who feel like they have to perfect this.
Pranayama is an excellent practice, but don’t force it on yourself. Your body changes every day, and throughout each day. Be aware of how your body is feeling, and while it’s good to push yourself a bit, don’t force yourself.
First, What is Pranayama?
- Whether you are aware of it or not, every action you take is based on some kind of motivation.
- At every moment of your life, you get to choose if you want to be aware of your motives, if you want to try to change them to positive ones and live in a conscious way, or if you want to let your ego run the show and live on auto-pilot.
- You cannot control the results of your actions, but you can control the intentions that underlie your actions . Focusing on what you can control can help you let go of all the things you can’t.
Everybody has their own reasons why they choose to practice yoga.
For some, it’s a way to improve their fitness and strength. Or perhaps you are practicing yoga as a way to relax.
My own reasons for practicing yoga are a bit different, and might give you insight as to the deeper benefits of practicing asanas.
In June, I attended a weekend seminar with my very beloved teacher Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo. The course was named “Mindfulness and Shamatha-Meditation.”
In the past, this topic would have been automatically categorized in my brain as “something I suck at” and “events I get bored in.” But, I knew that Jetsunma is not an ordinary teacher, and she doesn’t come to my town everyday. And surprisingly enough, my newly found interest in Zen helped me realize that I may have improved over the years when it comes to meditation, giving me a chance to appreciate it more.
So I went.
And it was wonderful!
Giving is an Important Part of the Spiritual Path. Learning to expand our minds and hearts it is what is all about.
But Where to Start?
The Sacred Feminine, Shallow Holes and Practicing In our Daily Life- My interview with Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo
After a few tries I had finally get to have a written interview with my dear teacher Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo. I follow her work and study under her for many years now. Her life story is really impressive and her teaching style is very deep, obviously coming for real experience, and still very relatable.
Here are my questions and her wonderful answers:
Not so long ago I was dealing with a seriously annoying online troll. I won’t bore you with the details, but will just say that she was totally self-absorbed and externally rude. I hadn’t experienced such pure ignorance in a long while.
Although in retrospect it was really not a big deal, dealing with her got me angry and I was even a little hurt. And that doesn’t happen often to me.
But I don’t regret the experience though, because it made me think, and it forced me to remind myself of some really important truths:
I have no idea why, but the story that I am about to tell you has come up to my mind lately, after many years of being totally forgotten. I truly have no idea why I suddenly thought of this lady after so many years, and even more than that, I have no idea why my first instinct was, “I have to blog about that”.
My initial reaction to this first instinct was “No way!”
This title is actually borrowed for a lecture I attended once, quite a long time ago. I went because I knew and liked the teacher but also because the title intrigued me.
We all want to go beyond fear, but why should we go beyond hope?
Am I suggesting that we should give up all hope???