Updated: May 7, 2020
Learning the art and practice of proper breathing boosts your ability to meditate thus allowing your awareness to access a fully collaborative mind.
Pranayama is the study and practice of focused breathing to achieve a meditative state of consciousness, or, in the modern vernacular, a state of mindfulness. We, humans, are gifted at achieving a meditative, mindful state of conscious awareness. For the most part, we simply only need to release the distractions that keep us focused in the past or future. Devices such as mantras (repeating sounds or phrases), body postures (asana), and hand postures (mudra) were developed and then given spiritual significance as a means of tricking our survival instincts into releasing strategy awareness to more refined areas within consciousness. And, if done with sincerity and a sense of greater purpose, these spiritual devices are very effective in supporting the expansion of sensory, visceral, and emotional awareness within consciousness – the expansion of the collaborative mind. In the greater knowing, everything we encounter is mind. Everything.
The Akashic Records indicate that our human bodies were designed to easily allow for the evolution toward an ever-expanding “spiritual” awareness. This is because our human spirits are constantly evolving toward a more complete collaboration with our eternal soul, which is a singular cell of, and within, our creator’s mind. As evolving spirits (ever-increasing awareness), we will find more and more effective ways to ensure the unity of body, spirit, and soul. Our human spirits are the link, the bridge between the Earth (body, instinctual intelligence) and the Divine (soul, consciousness, eternal knowing). In short, we mediate between the creation (body) and its creator (soul).
But, I digress … any practice of thoughtful breath is pranayama. Prana (life force energy) is everywhere in the universe. Because of our, body, spirit, soul makeup, we humans can focus or concentrate prana through certain spirit practices – in this case – through pranayama. There are hundreds of breathing patterns – some are simple patterns of inhalation to exhalation through the nose, and occasionally the mouth, while others are more complicated alternating patterns of nostrils and mouth sequences designed to affect certain areas of the brain. There are also patterns of ratios – timed inhalation, hold, and exhalation to release blocked prana. Lifeforce energy (prana) locks in the soft tissue of the body due to unresolved relationship issues and looping negative thought patterns that result in emotional blocks. Some ratio breathing patterns are smoothly executed, others are aggressively performed; some involve fluttering the diaphragm, others systematically fill the lungs from bottom to top and then expel from top to bottom. Think of filling a pitcher from the bottom up and pouring from the top.
If you are just beginning with focused breathing practices, please know, to complete a full study of pranayama would take a lifetime. So, don’t get discouraged if this seems difficult at first. The focus of this alternating nostril technique is to open the subtle visual centers within the brain to allow for a greater range of inner vision and imagination. This type of pattern is often used as a means of opening channels to the Akashic Records. This also helps with opening the third eye. It is important to suspend judgment when practicing such activities.
Our bodies naturally alternate nostrils throughout a twenty-four-hour period. That is, of course, unless the inner tissue of the nose is damaged or somehow malformed. The very act of breathing creates the electrical energy our bodies use to stay alive. The purposeful exaggeration of alternating nostril patterns brings about a very different pattern of electrical impulses at the back of the brain.
The anatomy of the nose from Wikipedia:
In anatomy, a nasal concha, plural conchae, also called a turbinate or turbinal, is a long, narrow, curved shelf of bone that protrudes into the breathing passage of the nose in humans and various animals. The conchae are shaped like an elongated seashell, which gave them their name (Latin concha from Greek κόγχη). A turbinate bone is any of the scrolled spongy bones of the nasal passages in vertebrates.
In humans, the turbinates divide the nasal airway into 4 groove-like air passages and are responsible for forcing inhaled air to flow in a steady, regular pattern around the largest possible surface area of nasal mucosa, which, as a ciliated mucous membrane with shallow blood supply, cleans and warms the inhaled air in preparation for the lungs.
From the spiritual point of view:
Our nostrils, more specifically, the turbinates, are designed to alternate the spin direction and volume of the chi energy (prana) that are adjacent, or in a manner of speaking, that is “attached” to the molecules of oxygen. This is necessary to maintain the proper balance of the subtle life force energies (prana, chi) that give vitality to the entire body through the subtle channels called Nadis. In the alternating pattern herein, the prana is concentrated on the “sight” centers of the brain. We can actively stimulate that visual center by forcing an alternate pattern of breathing specifically designed to gather chi at the back of the brain. This will help energize the connection between sensory sight and extra-sensory perception. This is not a balanced breath and is considered to be outside the teachings of pranayama by many scholars.
Side note: The teachings of pranayama, the study of influencing the movement of life force energy (prana, chi, ki) through the vital centers of the body, goes b