Our breath work and meditation services offer you an opportunity to be guided by one of our trained yogis. This intimate, one-on-one experience is custom tailored to your specific goals and needs. It will help to transform your life as you bring inner stillness into all aspects of your life.
“The technique is simple but far from easy. It requires effort, and – like athletic conditioning – it can be quite strenuous. Its purpose is not to attain some remarkable experience during meditation but to master the thinking process. The rewards, therefore, come during the rest of the day. As your meditation deepens, you will find yourself stronger and more resilient, better able to face the challenges of life as the kind of person you would like to be: loving, creative, resourceful, and full of vitality… Meditation is warm-up exercise for the mind, so that you can jog through the rest of the day without getting agitated or spraining your patience.”
— Eknath Easwaran
Breath work and Meditation may be one of the easiest, cost-effective methods of health care delivery today. Breathing is both a conscious and unconscious event. For example, most of the times we do not even stop to think about our breathing, it increases with exercise, slows down with sleep. However, if we were to consciously think about changing our breath – we would be able to increase / decrease its rhythmic behaviors.
Breathing, relies on both our voluntary and involuntary muscles connected via our conscious and unconscious nervous system. Our unconscious nervous system is called our autonomic nervous system and is made up of two branches, sympathetic and parasympathetic. Our sympathetic nervous system controls our fight/flight response and its hyperactivity is often implicated in various disease states – such as hypertension. Recently, a new field of science, labeled biofeedback , has become mainstream as part of physical therapy interventions. Research has proven time and again – we can control our autonomic or unconscious nervous system through our consciousness. Another great example of our mind / body connection.
Lastly, we are born through our first breath and die with our last. Thus, its essence is shared, controlled with all other beings on earth. Many cultures use the word breath and spirit interchangeable. Meditation is thought to bring us to a higher level of understanding with our mind/body. Perhaps, our breath may be our vital link to the gate between the conscious and the unconscious mind.
“Of all that is wonderful in the human being, our most glorious asset is this capacity to change ourselves. Nothing is more significant. I admire the achievements of science, but I do not feel intimidated by the current conviction that we are what our genes are. My body is what my genes make it, but my character and behavior are not fixed by my genetic code. As proof we have the lives of great men and women of all religions who have thrown these claims to the winds with their personal transformations – from angry to compassionate, from insecure to unshakable, from human to divine. The message of their lives echoes down the corridors of time to those have ears to hear: “You are not what your body is. Your real nature is spirit, which nothing can diminish or deny.” Whatever our past, whatever our present, all of us have the to change ourselves completely through the practice of meditation.”
— Eknath Easwaran
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Simple Breath work Exercise: Focus on your breath
Follow your breath it in and out without trying to change its rhythmic nature. By closing your throat slightly, you will notice a steam like sound, not unlike the sound of a shell held up to your ear at the beach. Focusing on the sound of the breath is the fastest way to become more concentrated. Closing your eyes also helps. Another aid is wax earplugs, available at any drugstore – the kind that swimmers use. Knead the wax in your hands to soften it, and press it over the ear opening. If you push it too far in, you’ll be distracted by all the sounds your body makes – the blood pumping, joints creaking and so on. By just covering the ear opening, you’ll intensify the sound of the breath so you can concentrate better and also remove the distraction of outside noises.