“The result of forced concentration is greater tension and frustration.”
Pranayama & Meditation, as commonly as it is perceived by the outside world, kept me elusive for a greater length of time. It was really difficult to comprehend as to why the concepts, which the World swear by for tranquility, calmness, peace and inner connection, played havoc on my serenity. I constantly failed to understand why Pranayama suffocated my ‘Breath’ instead ‘Releasing’ it into a ‘Floating’ experience? Can ‘Meditation’ actually be taught?
“Pranayama eliminates 90% of the impurities in the body.”
I firmly believe in the above statement. However, Ashtanga Yoga has a very specific rule pertaining to Pranayama i.e. one needs to establish oneself in ‘Asana’ before approaching onto the path of ‘Pranayama’. It is only then that the true benefits of Pranayama can be experienced. Working relentlessly on my asana, I thought I was ready for Pranayama… to be disappointed again. A strong ‘SPINE’ is just one of the requirements. Another segment and perhaps, the significant one is a thorough work on the ‘Flow of the Breath’ leading to, ‘Touching that Flow’ & then ‘Being one with the Flow’. It did take lot of experiments to being one with the flow, where the ‘Flow’ finally began to convert into “Prana (Vital Energy) + Ayama (Expansion).
Meditation is further ahead on the steps of Ashtanga Yoga. I am of the opinion that one can be taught only the process of moving towards ‘Meditation’. Experiencing it is a Self-JOURNEY. And this experience can happen with any moment of life. You do not necessarily need to assume a yogic sitting or meditative posture for that.
With all the experiments, however, one thing did surface clearly, if the preparation is not right and the Sadhak is not ready, it is bound to do more harm than any benefit.
With consistent practice for a while now, I am all set to share my experience with you and thereby, announcing my first EXCLUSIVE PRANAYAMA session from November 03, 2020.
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Shammi Gupta, founder of Shammi’s Yogalaya holds an MA in Yoga Shastra, is a certified Yogic Therapist and Naturopath, has completed an Advanced Yoga Course and holds a Diploma in Yoga Education from Mumbai University. She is a certified trainer from American College of Sports Medicine and holds an MBA in HR & MBA in Finance from The University of Akron, Ohio, USA. She conducts Health Awareness Workshops for Corporate, Yogasana Workshops for Athletes and Yoga Therapy Workshops on different medical issues for patients. Among the celebrities Shammi trains are eminent personalities from the film and television industry and corporate world.