Silent Sitting Meditation

Improve your concentration with pranayama

Topic of all the previous articles was the 4th step of the eightfolded path: pranayama. I outlined what pranayama is. Also I’ll paid attention to physical and mental aspects of integrating pranayama in your daily life and I added breathing exercises I practise and might be beneficial for you too.

In the previous article you could read an outline of the benefits of pranayama according to Swami Niranjanda Saraswati, which are:

Benefit 1: awakening vital energy

Benefit 2: physical benefits

Benefit 3: digestive and eliminatory system

Benefit 4: Endocrine system

Benefit 5: Nervous system

To end this acticle I’ll outline the 6h benefit of pranayama which is greater concentration. 🙂

Pranayama is the link between the mental and physical disciplines. While the action is physical, the effect is to make the mind calm, lucid and steady”

 SwamiVishnu-Devananda

The cumulative effect of pranayama is that the mind becomes steady. Disturbing energies are removed. To illustrate this quote I’d like to use Patanjali 🙂

YS 1.2 Yogaschitta vrtti nirodha

Yoga: yoga

Chitta: conciousness

Vrtti: patterns of circular patterns

Nirodhah: blocking, stopping

To block the patterns of consciousness is yoga.

This sutra replies that yoga is the blocking of the patterns arising in all the dimensions of consciousness. It is not only shutting yourself of from the external experiences which you face every morning and evening, but it is setting aside the vision you have in deep meditation and higher Samadhi (state when the mind becomes still; a state of of non duality).

Human consciousness will finally develop itself when it becomes free from the clutches of prakriti, (nature)  or the three gunas.

Want to know more about the gunas? Tomorrow I’ll dive into this topic!


Sophie Nusselder

My name is Sophie Nusselder. I started practicing and teaching yoga in 2008 and knew I started travelling a path that would change my life. Ever since my childhood I remember having a natural desire for physical movement. Born and raised on the Dutch countryside I loved to bike and hike in nature. The awareness of the breath in yoga made me connect with deeper layers. A fortification of magic in life! To me yoga means aligning. Yoga and meditation are tools to remove that what blocks me and allow space – the space of pure presence. By constantly returning to this space I discover what truth is and what is not. It’s direct communication, which results in pure clarity, free feelings, liberation and creativity. I experience yoga as a feeding of my deepest yearning, it creates challenges to develop myself and it works as a support in my inner pursuits.

All points of view are welcome, even contradictory ones ? All we expect is that you put your point across in a civil manner.

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