|[ Excerpt from The Science of Yoga, page 97 ]
In yoga, a lot of attention is placed on awareness of the breath. As demonstrated earlier, the breath intimately connects the lower with the higher, or the Self with the Divine, and through it we have a wonderful opportunity for expansion on many levels.
The prana jnana kriya is a simple breath awareness and prana absorption technique.
- Once prepared for relaxation, lie down in shava asana.
- Begin by taking some long and slow breaths, allowing the body and the mind to relax.
- Continuing with the deep and steady breathing, turn your full attention toward the breath.
- Pay attention to every part of the breath; as it enters the nostrils; as it moves through the nasal passages; as it passes down the back of the throat and enters the lungs; and as it gradually fills the lungs.
- Likewise, put your entire mind to the task of following the breath as it moves outward from the body in the reverse fashion.
- Let your mind become completely consumed with the breath and the breath alone, withdrawing attention from any other thoughts or external distractions.
- Concentrate whole-heartedly upon the breath until a subtle transformation occurs, wherein you begin to lose the sense of ‘being the body’, and instead, ‘become the breath’ itself.
- Let yourself become immersed within this sensation, a deep and profound feeling of ecstasy, absorbing the life-giving prana throughout your entire being.
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