Practicing Pranayama, Practicing Presence

  Pranayama is the formal practice of controlled breathing. There are many techniques… each one is as accessible and beneficial as the breath itself . Squared breathing is one of those techniques and it has a calming effect. It engages the parasympathetic nervous system, which is often referred to as the body’s rest & digest system. Typically … More Practicing Pranayama, Practicing Presence

Developing peace in the mind-stuff (chitta)

I want to remind meditation practitioners of the weekly discussion of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali that are posted on Blazing Light, my blog. Patanjali was an enlightened teacher who gave the world the system of yoga and codified meditation practice. Siddhartha Gautama then used that system to bring meditation to a whole new level: … More Developing peace in the mind-stuff (chitta)