Pranayama doing a 180- Naomi
I never understood how people could meditate, let alone sit and focus on breathing for any longer than 30 seconds.
Many great men and women who are driven and have made a positive impact in society (or at least those whom I view as such and have read their auto biographies) have a daily routine which include mediation after they wake up every morning. They say it helps clear their minds and allows them to understand their true priorities.
In the YTT200hr class, the first thing we do in the morning is our pranayama- mainly Ujjayi.
I remember the first day it was 20min. That was the first time I had ever sat for so long, being asked to focus on just breathing. I wasn’t bored but I was preoccupied with trying to fight all the thoughts which continuously came into my mind non stop. I was frustrated because that made it terribly challenging to keep focus on my breathing. Then suddenly toward the end of the session, I smelled something that brought back a childhood memory I had not thought of in many decades. Even as I type this blog, I can’t recall what that memory was, nor the scent. What I do remember vividly however, is how that made me feel- peaceful, tranquil, and warm.
The days went on with our pranayama extending slightly longer day by day. Finally we had reached 40min. 40 MINUTES OF SITTING STILL, ONLY FOCUSING ON OUR BREATHING!!! WHAAAAAATTT??? And you know what? Those were the best 40min I could ever ask for. These pranayama sessions are simply unparallel experiences to any other. For me, it’s given me more emotional self awareness and as a PITTA who has a lot of FIRE, has given me 40min of something I rarely get- pure tranquility. For this, I will forever be grateful to this YTT course and those teachers involved who have paved the way to this discovery.
I may or may not reach a state of meditation in the future. I do not know yet. But after 2 weeks, I am a true believer of the power of Pranayama.