The 52: How Are You Breathing Right Now?



Now to breath! If you have started monitoring and altering your breath, as described in the last post, you are already seeing how this simple awareness can make you lighter and happier.  That’s the promise of this 52 week course in spiritual teachings. 

Most of us take our breathing for granted.  We just do it, without any thought of how we do it.  Did you know that there is an entire science to breathing.  In fact, in my yoga training, one of the books we studied is titled Science of Breath. If you are interested in learning more, I highly recommend this book.  It was written by the people who were my on site teachers in my studies of yoga.  It was a privilege to be surrounded by swamis and medical doctors and psychologists, all of them seasoned in yoga. What a multi-disciplinary approach to the “science” and philosophy of yoga!

Now for more breathing tips you might like to try:

  • While you are breathing, use this visualization:  Imagine that the in- breath is filled with bright healing light.  Feel it flow in through the nostrils, down into the lungs, then sense that it is spreading throughout your body.  You could visualise the light into every organ, tissue and cell — all the way out to the extremities.  Each cell is cleansed and bathed by the breath.
  • Now as you exhale, imagine the breath is carrying away anything you wish removed from your body — illness, pain, toxins, soreness.  Feel it flow out through the nostrils and flow completely away from your body.
  • Here is another:   Let each in-breath be bright with a golden light of love, bathing your entire body.  Then breathe out confusion, chaos, worry, sadness or any negative emotion.

These images can have potent power.  One time, a man was referred to me for special yoga practice.  He was suffering with intense back pain.  He had been advised to have surgery.  We engaged several of these breathing practices.  He described that his pain was totally gone.  Then, as often occurs, his ego and skepticism kicked in.  In a short time, I am sorry to say his pain returned.  He could not accept that something so simple could relieve his pain and that he had the power to do it. I never saw him again but was told that he decided on surgery. 

When the body, breath, and mind work in loving tandem, miracles can and do occur.  See what happens to YOU when you work with your breath.

In a few days, there will be more on the breathing.  Let me know how you are doing.  Remember, even though I have used these practices for a long time, I am following “the 52” right along with you and feeling results anew!

With love and namaste, Deanne

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About deannemincer

Deanne Mincer has been a long time student of religious and spiritual studies. For many years, she was a practitioner of yoga and in the late 1980's she was drawn to share her enthusiasm by becoming a yoga teacher. Her certification, from the Himalayan Institute, was a comprehensive two year program including the study of anatomy, diet, nutrition, Ayurvedic medical practices, the methods of teaching hatha yoga, the science of breath and the study of raja (the royal path of yoga) philosophy. She has taught yoga, meditation, and spiritual classes for more than twenty years. In the mid 1990's she became a follower of Siddha Yoga where she experienced a spiritual awakening called shaktipat and her teachings took on a new and freshly informed understanding. As Deanne continued her studies, she learned level one in Reiki and also sutdied with Henry Grayson, Ph.D. where she refined her work with muscle testing and the complex of energy healing methods Dr. Grayson has developed for use with his patients. Dr. Grayson's work is illuminated in his books, Mindful Loving and Use Your Body to Heal Your Mind. Deanne teaches group and private classes in yoga as well as stress reduction programs and meditation in many forms (sitting, walking, whirling, meditation in action, and "sleeping" meditation called yoga nidra). She has developed methods of using yoga in treating those with life threatening diseases as in the programs she designed for Gilda's Club and Friends in Deed in New York City. She was a consulting producer on an alternative health program for CNBC's Alive and Wellness, and she has demonstrated yoga on network television. Deanne created the audio DC, Inner Light Yoga with Deanne Mincer and she has spoken widely and demonstrated meditation in many venues. Deanne is an enthusiastic and joyful teacher. She is known for the keen interest she takes in her students' physical and spiritual development. She stresses that each student should work at their own pace in a non-competitive and caring environment. You can read some of the comments her students have shared in the Tesimonials Section of this site. Her teaching is grounded in her own steadfast spiritual awareness - that each of us is a being of eternal light and love and that we can all come to knowing this truth for ourselves. She is eager to help guide you on this joyful path of body, mind, breath and spirit.

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