Breathing

Few of us in today’s stress-filled world breathe in a free, natural and harmonious way Our mostly fast, constricted breathing undermines our physical, emotional and well being deprieve us without our even knowing it, the greates joy of living on this Earth: The expansive sensation of a free, easy and boundless breath.

Breath is the essence of being, the movement of spirit in the body. How we breathe both reflects the state of our emotions and mind and influences the state of our emotions and mind.

Its not until I’ve attended a yoga class at Pure Yoga did I saw what  breathing could attain. Cleansing might just be able to describe the feeling of breathing in together with the rest of the yogis. The sound was deeply relaxing, and to a certain extend captivating, where one would be inclined to breath together in sync. After the lesson I went up to the yoga master and ask if I could record his breathing and he agreed instantly after asking about the purpose of it. I was amazed by his deep breathing, where the sound of his inhalation and exhalation filled the room and it made me thought about the years which took him to attain it. Also he had this radiant look on his face, this relaxed composure where one would think that he’s entirely stress free. In this case, breathing not only unleashes the energies of life, but it also provides a healing pathway into the deepest recesses of our being.

After which I read articles in relation to breathing and came across the chanting of ‘ohm’ and its significant meaning behind it. It  is said that the chanting of OM several time loud, purifies the atmosphere. This sound of OM produces instant positive vibrations and takes the listener to a state of mental stillness. Another one is the repetition of ‘soham’ the Soham mantra has been called the universal mantra because of the fact that its vibration is already a part of the breath, and everybody breathes. Sooooo… is the sound of inhalation, and Hummmm… is the sound of exhalation. It is considered as one of the finest, easiest, and most direct ways to train the breath, and in turn, regulate the nervous system, relax the body, and quiet the mind.

The whole concept being a getaway is to allow the listener to slow down and take in the goodness of their surrounding and to take some time for a relaxation. I begin by changing the beats of the yoga master’s breathing into a shorter version and having it in sync. with the sea waves so that it seems as though its the waves thats creating the sound. Also by adjusting how the breathing would start, like how from soft to loud and how it ends allow the listener to better connect it with the waves crashing upon the shore. Next is a journey through the forest where one could perhaps feel the stillness in the surrounding and be engulfed in it. After which comes the ‘soham’ mantra where one would be able to further relax the mind to the extend of just listening and not think about anything except their breathing. Finally I ended with a simple exercise which only requires the listener to be conscious of their breathing and slowly slumber into the realm where their minds stop thinking but still be able to feel their surrounding.- The deepest recess of being

 

‘Breathing being something that occurs with or without our consciousness that many seem to see it as being perfunctory. Thus, some of us never really see the need to explore its beneficial qualities. Perhaps they might not know that something as elementary as proper breathing would suffice for a calming effect. However, it may be that one would deem breathing in a new light after this soundtrack. -Let the sedative reaction begin…’

 

Reported by: Jing Yin

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