Sudarshan Kriya – breathing, stress-relieving
What for us is breathing – the process of oxygen supply to the body or something more? Breathing is a philosophical concept, the quality of life directly depends on its nature. We do not often listen to our breathing, but deep breaths and long exhalations are the key to health, energy growth and the ability to control one’s own emotions. The main thing is to breathe properly, for this there are different breathing techniques. Let’s talk about one of them – Sudarshan Cree.
Sudarshan Kriya is a technique of rhythmic breathing, developed by the famous Indian Guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar in 1982. In translation from Sanskrit “Su” is correct, “Darshan” is a vision, “Kriya” is a purifying action. The exercise is based on the knowledge that all human organs and systems function under the influence of certain biorhythms . Rhythms and cycles are present in nature: day follows night, spring – winter, heat – cold, and so from year to year. By the same principle, the human body is arranged: the body, mind and emotions have their own rhythms. Being in harmony with natural rhythms, a person is relaxed and cheerful, when violating natural rhythms – he feels depressed and tense.
When there is an imbalance, we become evil, aggressive and weak. Breathing becomes short and rapid, at moments of appeasement, breathing slows down and becomes deep. Our emotions are directly related to breathing, which is the connecting thread between the body and the mind region.
During stress, the body triggers a physiological reaction that directly affects the brain. Cells of the brain for information interchange use chemicals – neurotransmitters. The stress hormone cortisol interferes with brain cells to communicate with each other and destroys the neurotransmitters. There is a crisis of energy supply, there is a tension in certain organs, which leads to the violation of natural biorhythms and, as a consequence, diseases. How to make the mind relax? It is impossible to directly influence him. The most effective way is breathing. Each emotion causes a certain rhythm of breathing. Instead of accumulating emotions, we can transform them through breathing. Sudarshan Kriya is a conscious change in the rhythm of breathing and as a consequence control of the mind and emotions.
Sudarshan Kriya looks like a group or individual breathing in a certain rhythm, which sets the recording of the voice of the Master. Group rhythmic breathing is much more effective than a single one, it triggers purification processes in the body. Breathing in unison with each other means to be in harmony with the whole universe. Being breathed on one frequency with nature, we feel calm and peaceful and can easily apply our abilities to any aspect of life.
Vipassana is a meditation technique that has enlightened more people than any other, for vipassana is the very essence. In all other techniques there is the same essence, but in other forms; there is something insignificant in them. But vipassana is a pure essence. You can not throw anything away from it and add nothing to it.
Vipassana is so simple that even a child can fulfill it. Moreover, the child will succeed better than you, because he is still pure and innocent and is not filled with the dregs of the mind.
Vipassana can be performed in three ways – you can choose the one that suits you best.
The first way: awareness of one’s actions, one’s body, mind, heart. Walking, you must walk with awareness. Moving his hand, move it with awareness, firmly knowing that you are moving your hand. After all, you can do this completely unconsciously, like a mechanical device … you are on a morning walk – you can walk without realizing your legs.
Be vigilant to the movements of your body. When you eat, be vigilant to the movements necessary to eat. When taking a shower, be vigilant to the coolness, to the water falling on you, to the great joy that results from this – just be vigilant. This should not happen in an unconscious state.
The same is true of the mind. Whichever thought travels through the screen of your mind, remain an observer. Whatever emotion you run across the screen of your heart, remain a witness – do not get involved, do not be identified, do not evaluate what is good and what is bad; this should not be a part of your meditation.
The simple and natural technique
- Transcendental Meditation is a technique of deep relaxation and development of consciousness.
- It is practiced sitting, eyes closed, 2 times a day in the morning and evening for 15 to 20 minutes per session. Different from any other form of meditation , it is easy to learn, very simple and very pleasant to practice.
- It gives the body and mind a unique state of rest: while the mind, while remaining perfectly awake, calms down and experiences
a great inner calm, the body reaches a state of deep relaxation .
- The rest thus acquired dissolves tensions and stresses rooted in physiology, rejuvenates the body, increases creativity and
intelligence and prepares for dynamic and effective activity.