Twisting with Hands Clasped at Level of Chintwisting hand at chin

Interlace your fingers together at the level of the chin, one palm facing away from you, one palm facing towards you. Create a lock, a grasp that has integrity. The elbows are higher than before. The same breath is used as the previous technique, inhale spin to the left and exhale spin to the right. You will soon notice that this provides a quicker spin. Moving the arms higher up in the body engenders a lighter spin, lifting spirit into a higher atmosphere. Focus on the breath at the same time as you image yourself revolving on the central channel of your body. Remember that in front is the future, behind is the memory, to the left is the sun rising, to the right is the sun setting. The sun begins rising behind the left shoulder blade and it moves around to the front of the left breast. The sun starts setting at the right breast and moves behind to the right shoulder blade. You are an organized being and within your organization lies the whole cosmos.

Use the personal breath, engage the mind, move the body. Use every piece of yourself in the technique so you can refine it, redefine it and eventually transform it. This spin is working up into the thyroid which is the ventilation system of the body, the gateway to the lungs. The thyroid is the tool to extract the ions, ores and minerals from the atmosphere. The breath can be used to feed the body and the mind. The thyroid is the baking soda, it is the leavening agent that eventually lightens you up. When you add baking soda to a cake you add air to it. This makes it fluffy. 

Air is the main goal when playing with the idea of spaciousness. You always want to know yoga is about space. We are always using the practice in space, everything is vibration and vibration only exists in space. You are constantly vibrating, consistently moving, and within this movement there is an incredible stillness. Use the breath to fill and empty the personal form, you are a vast vessel and it is by virtue of the breath that you are a living, breathing and moving entity that creates sound. 

When you are finished take an inhale, then exhale you can let the technique go. Always return to centre and take a moment to find a stable ninety degree angle that maintains its strength by virtue of its structure. Centre yourself on your perineum to find this righteous angle to the earth. Use the breath to stay fired up, keep yourself spirited, and listen to remain attentive, inquisitive, and curious to your deer longings. 

Twisting with Arms on Shoulders

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Take the hands and place them on the shoulders. Find the fit of ball and mitt ensuring the elbows stay in line with shoulders. This enables a lift off the kidneys and maintains space in the lower organs. The equilibrium of the body is found by the leveling the kidneys, knees, hips and ears. When all these points are level, you maintain the water bubble in the middle. You use this tool in life, when you hang a painting level and slam a door, it won’t drop. The same idea is used in the body so you hold up to life’s shocks. 

Keep the arms high. Take an inhale and spin to the left and exhale spin to the right. Again keep a count, keep changing and refining and redefining what you are doing. This allows you to not get stuck where you are comfortable. 

Spinning to the left on the inhale, spins the body to the side of the heart while the exhale on the right is the side of the liver. This lets you air out the heart while simultaneously flushing out the vision. Rotating back and forth is a revolution around the tai chi, the eye of the storm, the stable centre, the line of righteousness. The line the arms are rotating around is the equator of your sphere which moves you through the line of time. From east to west, from spring to autumn, you are playing the cyclical nature of the seasons, the spin of the planet around the sun. You not only have north and south in the body but you have east and west. Begin to grid yourself, knowing that you are a conduit of heaven above and earth below, the great mediator of the poles. 

Use the idea of your spirit rising. A soul is heavy, a soul has depths, it descends to the lowest levels like water. Working deep in the lower body plays with the idea of the soul. Creating heat below sparked the will to rise, the smoke being the spirit rising through the home, your body. As you begin to move the breath through you, you are moving the wind, the air, the spirit. It is to become spirited.

First learn the technique, play with the technique, and do it long enough so you will develop the capacity to refine the technique, empower your skill and begin to use the practice to serve the personal form. When something is repeated often enough you will develop insights. It is not about doing many different things, it is about doing the same things you do but with proper form, with greater understander and with more joy. Stick with the technique until you can make the technique work for you. Then when you are done, take a breath in and on the exhale you can let it go.

Again you organize yourself, put yourself in centre, know that centre holds. As you put yourself in the middle, use the breath to move the spirit through you. On the inhale fill yourself up, on the exhale, empty yourself out. It is only when you are empty that you are available to be filled. Be an empty container, the holy grail, the elixir of the universe. 

Undulating in the Living Quarters

So far the practice has been used to manipulate the glands of the basement.You agitated the lower body by rocking back and forth in the realm of the reproductive organs, you stirred the underground waters, and then utilized levity to air out the muscles. All of this took place below the diaphragm. The focus is now to move the breath into one’s living quarters, from the throat down to the diaphragm. The lower body is one’s stability and the upper body is the ability to participate in the world around oneself. The hands handle situations, the vision and speech is used to participate in the communal residing outside oneself. As previously stated, we need three glands to make a floor of support, and in our living quarters this is our thymus gland: the immune system, our thyroid gland: the ventilation system, and the pituitary gland: the ability to see what is going on internally as well as circumstantially. 

First, you must get a handle on the situation since this moves you into a higher realm. Keep using centre to initiate the dialogue on the central channel, keep the contact of the tongue on the palate and place the hands in front of the collarbones. Shape the hands into fists and ensure the elbows are parallel with the ground. When you inhale open it all up so the scapula come together on the back as the elbows are reaching backwards. The exhale brings the fists together in front, as the scapula pull apart. As you inhale and exhale, rock the lower body. The inhale tips you slightly forward onto the pubis, the exhale will tip you back to the coccyx. You are developing the stability of being in constant motion, moving forward into the future while referencing memory.

Use this technique as a way to open up the spine. The spine of the body is just like the spine of a book. It is by virtue of the spine that a book opens and closes. It is also in the pliancy and tensile strength of the spine that a book stays together, well bound. If you are too flexible your story will eventually fall apart. If you keep yourself closed and rigid all the time your story will become stiff and will be hard to open. You want the ability to open and close your story when you need to. Know that every time you open yourself up, you are opening your story and every time you close in on yourself you are closing your story. Find the hinge, the ability to open and close, knowing that half the art is the ability to manipulate when you want your story read and when you want it closed. You are in the middle mediating the unfolding of your dialogue with the third hand in centre. 

When you have finished about 100 rounds of breath take a full inhale, finish with three more sips in and then hold the breath full for a moment. When you are ready to pop your cork, let the exhale pop out the top of your head and rain down around your circumference. Adjust yourself so you are back in centre and take a moment to breathe your personal breath.

Reverse Namaste

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Hands Interlaced Behind the Back

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After you own the first few pranayama techniques, add in another, working your way up your body. It takes three glands to make a floor, a surface, a triangle, and the final gland we are playing with in the lower body is the pancreas. You struck a match at your primal heat source, the reproductive organs, by flicking the pelvis back and forth. You then flushed the adrenals and kidneys by setting up a drain and circling your lower body. The third and final gland in the basement, the lower body, is the pancreas.

The pancreas is connected to the spleen and it is one’s ability to think, ponder, chew, masticate, and exercise good judgement. This is connected to the muscles, which is linked with the mind. The nature of muscles is that they will get rigid and stiff. An overworked muscle is an overworked mind. When one’s thinks too much, one ruminates and chews something until all the air is out of it. Just like a piece of gum is hard after three hours of chewing, your muscles are hard after hours of thinking. As westerners we are taught to overuse our minds, that the intellect is our most valuable asset, so it is very common for muscles to get dense. In fact, our intuitive insights are what we should be developing as it is a deep knowing state. Therefore to lighten up a muscle, to get out of the rational and conditioned mind, use air. The more you can lighten something up and air it out, the more fluffy and porous it will become, and for our muscles this translates to soft and supple tissue. This is what we are striving for in our practice.

Place the hands in reverse prayer with the palms together, or if that seems impossible simply interlace the fingers behind the back like a coat hanger. The breathing technique we use to air out the muscles is bhastrika. This is a quick and forceful inhale and exhale with the idea that your lungs are a great bellows, a large pump for prana to move through. This breathing action is initiated in the diaphragm and works to lighten everything up. With your hands behind your back you have a handle on the memory, which resides in the back of the body. This allows your front, your potential, to be supported as you move forward. Again, if you set a count, don’t do it to burn yourself out, but do it to challenge yourself and remain in a position that becomes uncomfortable. Change is uncomfortable but this transformation develops integrity by achieving goals. Make the goals manageable, but don’t make them so easy that you are not challenged.

After a while you can integrate the previous technique and rock back and forth from pubis to anus, ensuring the pilot light is still lit, that the fire is still warm and that you maintain the pliancy in the lower body. When you know you still have that connection to the base level of your being begin to use your arms, Flap your “wings” a bit, moving the elbows back and forth, so that it is very buggy and very small, like you are an insect. This is an opportunity to heat up and move the scapula, to start to roll all around the shoulder joint and to create a dialogue that is initiated in the upper body to handle things in a slightly different manner. Play it in the depths initially and know the only reason to go deep is for a higher rise. The higher rise starts to put us in the living quarters so we develop our ability to be capable on the planet.

After the personal count is finished, take a deep breath, take in those three extra sips of air and then exhale to let it all go. Always establish your centre, mediate in the middle, take a moment after each technique to direct your breath: inhale up the spine which is the effort to fire up, then exhale down the front which is the ability to let grace fall. Be open and available to catch grace.

Circles with Shoelace Arms

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This practice build on the last one. So after you have completed technique 1 and 2, add this one in. 

Put the arms in a shoelace grasp, with one arm up and one arm back, hands clasped behind the centre of the chest. This gives a different handle on the situation than prior. Imagine that the arm position is now the spoon and the pelvis is the pot. You can whisk it by making the movement small and quick, or stir it big, like it is a thick soup. Eventually it’s to know that wherever you like to go, you are already good, and wherever you don’t go, you don’t have as much insight. The trick is to find options, to get around obstacles, to use every technique in the book to go where you don’t normally go. The more options, the more power. You are more powerful when you can change directions as needed. 

The kidneys are linked to the adrenal glands. Ensuring that your waters are draining well enables your physical safety and pliancy. When one is rigid, the fear is that one will fall and break, at which point one never moves. This is not a good life. Everyone will fall, learn to be buoyant and spherical so when you fall, you bounce back. The adrenals are the ears, to hear the alarms, to listen to soothing sounds and to be nourished by the sound of the breath. Adrenals are one’s inheritance, one’s ancestral waters, the ability to stand ground and be physically safe within the body. 

Do both spins, then switch the arms and spin both ways again. Do it again and again until it is so fluid that you don’t feel caught. 
End the way you began with the undulations to ensure the primal fire remains heated, knowing that the heat of the fire is controlled by the fluency of the kidneys. All of this practice is a mystical and magical dialogue, it is not medical. It is magical that you can heat yourself up, it is magical that you can stir your waters and it is magical that you can participate in your health and wellbeing. Use every piece of yourself, become fluent in the practice so you have the capacity and facility to get more joy and understanding out of the mundane things you do.

Then take that big inhale, taking in three sips of air to equalize the pressure in your lungs, and when you can’t hold anymore, pop your cork, let the spirit shoot out of the top of the head and let the gift waves rain down upon you. Keep yourself open and available by opening your palms on your lap and taking a moment. 

Undulations

Keep yourself in centre  and take the hands on the knees so you establish a good fit that will move current. Hands are shaped as mitts, knees are shaped as balls, and the minute you fit the ball and mitt you are playing gender. If your hands don’t fit your knees because you are too high, grab the thigh or the heel. It doesn’t matter what you leverage, what matters is that you make effort. Eventually everything will fit. With your hands on your knees you are playing the ability to handle situations in the hands with the substantiation of the legs, equally stable and able. Engage the mind to put yourself in centre, direct the personal drive and then move it all with the breath. The inhale opens up the space from chin to pubis, the exhale opens the space from coccyx to head. Match your ability, your stability and your vision, then undulate. Move it back and forth. 

The lower body is the primal desire. Primal doesn’t mean primitive, it just means at the very base of your being, it is your support. Undulating the lower body makes the pelvis as pliable as the mind is. The pubis sniffs the earth below you and sniffs out the situation on ground before you sniff out the situation in the atmosphere above you. The dialogue of the third foot is pubis to anus, with the arch of the foot matching the arch of the groin. The anus is the back door of the mouth and the mouth is your tongue, your heart, your ability to speak and be fluent with your words. The anus is to get your trash out. Rolling back and forth develops a dialogue of speaking your heart while getting your garbage out. The art is in endurance, how long you can sustain the movement using the proper technique and speed. Learn to kick yourself below so it opens you up above. Always know that where you go is where you’re good. Where you don’t go is where you don’t have as much insight. Go somewhere new.

Use the rocking to generate heat in the groins. You always want to heat ourself up from the basement, beginning at one’s primal level of being so that the heat rises up. The first main gland we work with is the reproductive organs. It is the ability to strike a match, create a fire and generate heat. Heat ignites; it initiates conversation. There are three things are needed to create a fire: oxygen, spark and fuel, then constant attention so the fire doesn’t go out. The breath is the oxygen for the fire, the mind is the fuel that is driving the fire and the friction of rocking back and forth is to ignite. After that it is all about constant vigilance, constant attention to maintain the fire, knowing that if it gets too hot it will be burn down your house down yet if there is too much moisture, it will go out. Rocking back and forth lets you play with not only your heat, but also your fluency. Your underground waters will heat up and create steam, this steam then moves through your heart so your heart doesn’t become overheated. The first dialogue is fire and water, north and south, effort and grace. 

Keep using the breath and keep the mind fixated. Keep the rhythm fluid and moving. When learning a new skill there will always be a constant amount of effort required to learn technique, to not be personal, to do the work, to achieve the goals you set. If you make enough effort it will soon be all about the grace. Make graceless effort; find the effortless grace. The grace will always rain down, you just have to keep yourself open and available to catch it. Maintain the imagery that you are an open vessel, an open container that has the capacity to be filled and emptied. In this way, you won’t get stuck in your personal story, thinking that it is hard, that you can’t do it. Instead, rid yourself of your personal opinions and prejudices and remain formal while working to transcend the personal limitations within the confines of form.

After you have done this rocking for a few minutes begin to switch to a circular motion which will set up the “drain” for the kidneys, one’s toilets. When you start to spin around yourself image that the spine is a spoon, while the pelvis is a pot. Stir the spine in the pot to move the water, so as to create more fluency and fluidity within the body. First you played with the heat of going back and forth, now you want to ensure that the fire you started doesn’t grow out of control. Move all around yourself so you train yourself to move around obstacles. Everything in nature is circulatory, only the mind is linear; move the body in a way that begins to emulate nature’s cycles. A stir in time would be clockwise, the perennial spin of the seasons. A stir counterclockwise would be the spin of baseball, from home base, to first, to second, to third and back to home. You are training yourself to play the game within the realm of time. Draw the lines with the intellect and circle the lines as nature intended. Repeat a few times in both directions.

Go back and forth between rocking and circling until your lower body is so pliant that all stagnancy and rigidity has left. After you have had enough, finish with a full inhale and then exhale to release, to let go, to librate your spirit from the confines of form. 

Arms up in an Equilateral Triangle

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The aim of these practices is to eventually transcend the personal through active manipulation. This is because the personal holds habits, conditionings, and beliefs from one’s upbringing, culture and institutions. These can at times be limiting and can keep us trapped in suffering. The archetypal form holds magic, it enables you to decide where you are going based on a higher view, as opposed to personal understanding based on one’s upbringing.

To start the practice, first open up the windows of your house. These are your lungs. This lets air through, a breeze in, while making everything smell fresh. Reach the arms up in the air in an equilateral triangle, which is the definition of strength, structure and stability. Put yourself in the centre and put the memory behind you. The minute your arms line up with your ears you are playing the ability in the arms to participate, as arms are all about the communal, as well as the stability in the ears, which are the gateways to the kidneys, the legs. If your arms end up in front of your ears you are more capable than you are stable. If your arms move behind your ears you are more stable than capable. Go beyond the personal, make it formal, line everything up so that you are in the best possible position to become liberated within the confines of form. Remember, life is about positioning yourself rather than finding yourself in a position. 

When all the prior conditions are set up, pump the breath in kapalabhati. This is all done on the out breath in short, sharp bursts. Make a count, tell yourself you will do it 50 to 100 times, and make effort. Eventually you want to set goals and achieve which will develop your personal integrity. As you keep pumping your breath out, think that you are emptying yourself out and expelling all the toxins that are sitting in your lungs by virtue of being a human on the planet. Let your belly pull up into your spine on all the out breaths and don’t worry about the inhales as they will come on their own accord. 

The lungs are the windows, the first technique is designed to open up the windows. When the windows are open you can catch a breeze, look outside and see what is going on outside of your house. In this way you set up the conditions to feel safe in your house, the physical body. As you begin to manipulate the breath, begin to manipulate the mind so it becomes subservient to you. When the mind tells you to stop, keep going, when the mind tells you it is hard to keep the arms up, persevere, and in this way you begin to develop your stamina, playing for the endurance. Lungs are the one organ you can participate in and the breath is a powerful practice used to manipulate the other systems of the body, knowing that everything is interrelated. Lungs are participatory, they are your arms and they are how you handle situations. Handling the world is the right side and the home is on the left. The centre mediates all polarities as it is never just about polarity, it is about the third principle that modulates the dialogue.

When you have had enough take an inhale, then three more sips of air to regulate the pressure in the lungs and exhale to release the arms, letting it all go. Bring your palms to your lap, facing up, so that if grace is raining down you can catch it. Then for a moment, be still, find centre. Inhale up the back and let it be the heat that rises up through you, exhale rain down the front knowing it is the grace and the liberation that is falling down all around. When you inhale you make effort, as you exhale know that grace is always available to you. Always put yourself in the middle knowing that you are in the middle of a happening thing. 

If you have time repeat this technique, refine it, get to know it, so eventually you own it. It is better to do one thing 10,000 times than 10,000 things once. This is how you become a master. 

Before we get into the practice we need to discuss the why’s.

Before undertaking any practice it is important to know why you are doing it. This understanding helps to direct your will. All practices are second nature and it is through this technical training that a skill can be developed. This requires training and repetition which can then create a pattern and ritual that organizes your day. Practices are most important when life is hardest. You always learn the technique so that eventually you can use the technique and this is more true now than ever. 

It is easy to practice and have an organized day when you feel amazing and everything is going how you perceive it should go. But it is precisely when your whole world flips on you that the practices become most important. This is right now. Our practices are all for these moments. When life seems unorganized, confusing, flipped upside down, when there are no answers except that which is inside of us, when the safety we are given is the safety of our home. There is a huge opportunity right now to reorganize and reorient ourselves personally, communally and collectively. I cannot stress this enough: our capitalist society was shaken to its very core,  this is our in, let’s rebuild a world we would like to see in harmony with each other and our earth. 

Pranayama is thus the skillful use of body and breath to participate in one’s wellbeing. Prana isn’t air, it is space dust, it is all the cosmic matter of the atmosphere weighted. The atmosphere is filled with ions, ores, minerals, and this magic is floating all around. One doesn’t just get these minerals because of the very fact one breathes; rather, one must use the tool to extract this cosmic food. The tool used is the thyroid, the ventilation system of the body. Breathing through the nose, one’s breath gets filtered and heated and sent to the respiratory filtering station (the lungs) to be processed. This ‘oxygen’ then fills our cells and, if used properly, feeds our brain and body. The toxins that sit deep in the lungs are expelled, allowing us to participate in eliminating waste matter.

In the pranayama practice we play with manipulating the chemistry of our glands and creating space for our organs so they can work like pumps, as designed. Note that chakras and glands are same thing, it is just a different language and a different culture. You can get joy in any language, you can get a great meal with any spice. It is you, and what you put into it.

Keep in mind that whatever one overuses eventually wears out. The goal is to refine what one always uses, whilst having an exploratory dialogue of what one doesn’t use, one’s weak spot. This allows one to have an experience that may not have been available before. The practice works with the information the body relays. The information is not to be judged; it is never right or wrong, it is information that is speaking to the personal, so that you can participate in working where you don’t normally go. Try to watch your self with wonder, compassion, curiosity, and understanding.

As you set up for Pranayama always keep your hips above your knees. When the hips are higher than the knees the waters of the kidneys will drain down to a further south. Always play for the physics. If all of water goes deep, set yourself up on height so the waters don’t get stagnant. Stagnant water will breed infection; setting yourself up on height sets up the drain for the kidneys. If the knees are in line or above the hips then eventually all the pressure will break the boundaries and knee pain will ensue. Knee pain is typically a product of a hip condition or a foot condition since the knee is in the middle of the seesaw. Find lots of height to support yourself so you are comfortable and can continue the practice in a way that supports your well-being. If your body is aching it will be very hard to remain focused in pranayama so a set yourself up so you are comfortable. 

Your practice today is to set up for pranayama. You can choose one of the following poses:

Virasana: the virility pose, designed to shape the arch of the foot, shaping every curve in the body. This one is easiest to access just be sure to use a lot of height under your perineum such as a block, bolster, or stack of books. 

virasana

Siddhasana: sets up the third foot, the arch of the foot on the arch of the foot on arch of the perineum. 

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Lotus is the most challenging and only recommended if you have a refined yoga practice. If your knee is lifted off the ground then choose a pose from above. 

lotus

When you set yourself up in pranayama it will be the same as coming into any pose. Immediately put yourself in centre. The minute you put yourself in centre then you are playing the right angle of righteousness. Use your imagination to draw a line from the heavens through your skull, your torso and your perineum, then down into the centre of the earth. In this way you open yourself up as a conduit between heaven and earth. This line runs through your third eye, which refracts, your third hand, which vibrates, and your third foot, which reverberates. Play for the trinity in the centre as each of these three centres mediates the polarity of its floor. The centre of the chest is the great mediator of all polarities, as each line moves through it. 

Place the tongue on the palate: this is the key that opens up the central channel, the tai chi, the sutra atman. From the central axis, the future is out in front and the memory is back behind. Orient yourself so you know how to move forward in life while using a supportive memory to sustain it all. Everything on the left side of the body, the left leg, left hand, left eye, holds the potential, it is the dawning of the innocence and the location of the sunrise. Everything on the right side, the right leg, right hand, right eye, holds the experience, the ability to see, participate and substantiate in the world. You always put yourself in the centre knowing that you are in the centre of a happening thing. The world is very busy, it is very noisy and it is by virtue of it being alive that it makes noise. The goal isn’t to not hear it, it is to know what you are hearing, how to manipulate what you are hearing, how to organize what is being heard, and then eventually how to use it the information to your advantage. 

Know that you can control the breath but your breath will breathe without you controlling it. The art of these practices is to begin to participate in the breath, refine the breath, and eventually manipulate the breath so the breath can be regulated. Breath is a piece of the autonomic nervous systems’ dialogue, you can actively participate in the breath to manipulate and make conscious what is autonomic. Thus this practice becomes a gateway to a regulation of these “automatic” responses. This is a very powerful piece of the information for health and longevity. 

So the first thing you will do here is notice the breath. Find your seat and notice the breath. The inhale. The exhale. Which is longer? Is your breathing quick? Is it slow? What is the relationship with the breath and your thoughts. Notice that by simply noticing the breath it changes. How does it change? How do the thoughts change?

Sit with yourself. And then we will begin the practices.

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Welcome to your embodiment chamber earthlings! (also known as self isolation).

In times of isolation it is important to have practices which allow you to go deep within. How we were living our lives before this global lockdown began was filled with distractions. There were myriad ways for the human to entertain itself. Movement was outwardly focused. Now we are stuck inside, cleaning out our houses, redefining relationship with self and other. Who is with you? Who is your community?

Yesterday two tarots cards dropped out of the deck: the four of swords and death. The first is the image of being quiet, resolved, stoic, centered within perceived danger/fear. If this meditator moves, she will surely get stabbed. We must go inside now, recreate the very fabrics of self so we can recreate these fabrics within a new society. What do you want to create? Is it what your heart wants to do? How do you spend your time? Can you get so clear and so excited for a future that you want to birth? This will enable you to navigate the challenges to come.

The other card, the death card is all about transformation. Things must die to then rebirth. This card can bring feelings of fear. Our society does not teach us to die. It teaches us to fear death at all costs and preserve the material. But it is the mastering of death, of dissolving illusions, of practicing non attachment to the material, to form, that death becomes a liberation. We have the opportunity to let go of so many ways of being. We couldn’t come together to counteract the effects our modern day life was having on our home,  the earth. Then all of a sudden it all stopped. The movement, the external focus, the overconsumption, the desire for cheap disposable goods. The feeling now is that things are precious, our air is already so much cleaner, our communities stronger, though isolated. How do we re-use, recycle, and then use our dollars to keep an inner economy strong of people that offer goods with integrity. We are being called to create our own inner communities of abundance.  

All these things will be so important when we rebirth this new world. But until then we need practices to get us through these times cause they will no doubt be challenging. Make a routine, set a time to wake up, do a practice such as pranayama or yoga. Tune out social media, news, or any other medium that is increasing fear in your body (which will manifest as shortness of breath or an increased heart rate). We need to create the world, not perpetuate the world currently being projected. 

On this note, I wanted to focus on pranayama and offer some guidance in the weeks that follow. This global virus is respiratory, it attacks the lungs, our taste and our sense of smell. Let’s get our lungs strong, so even if we do get sick, we have the health to get over it. You must know that the more embodied you are, the more the cells inside of your body will want to perpetuate the whole organism. This is not the time to escape self. It is the time to go so deep inside. 

Your work today is to write out a schedule for the day that you can slowly move towards. Put pranayama in for a time that you can be quiet, a time of the day that you are naturally more introspective. Make times for meals, blocks for media, time for other/community and most importantly time for self.  

I will slowly release one pranayama practice a day so you can build a complete routine. 

Sending love and prayers ❤

Kat