Breath as a Source of Vital Energy

By Ravi Valluri

The very first thing we do when we are born, is that  we inhale. This is our first act and also our last act. All masters have at length deliberated on the subject. But we need to be wakeful and mindful about our breathing patterns and style.

 We take our first breath. From then on, for every minute of our lives, we breathe. We take this miraculous ability for granted most of the time, because our body’s autonomous system does the job so masterfully – and yet, we can control the breath and in so doing change our state of being.

 We should observe our breath while walking, eating, sleeping or any other activity. By harnessing the potential of the breath, we increase our energy/prana/ chi levels. There is a reservoir of energy within all of us  which needs to be tapped. And we humans are unmindful of this vital  source of energy.


There are four sources of energy which sustains us. Namely food, breath, rest and a calm and meditative state of mind.

 We humans think and feel  that only food provides us with  energy to survive. This is  an incorrect assumption. The quantity of food to be partaking is also very significant. If we open our palms  – that is the amount of food to be consumed. As per Ayurveda their are three containment ‘s in the palm. One third for food, one-third for air and one-third for water. Every meal we should look at our palms and then do mindful  eating.


There are many benefits to conscious breathing – or the ability to observe the breath, not necessarily control it. 


1. Physically, we can be aware of how our breathing brings life-giving oxygen to our organs. To generate  awareness, we should  simply notice as to  what our breath is doing: as we inhale, we should  feel the expansion of the diaphragm. Incoming breath energizes the body and the outgoing breath relaxes the body. We should become aware of this fact. This should be indelibly etched in our minds. 


To stimulate the body’s relaxation response, we need to   focus on a long, deep Ujjayi breaths( breath of victory). Here we feel the sensation in our throat region. Ujjayi breaths help in elongating the breath, also  helps in the  practice of Yoga and expels negativity from the system.


To energize ourselves , we should  take deep breaths to  empty your lungs of carbon dioxide and induct  additional oxygen into the bloodstream. Infact we humans barely use thirty percent of our lung capacity. By mindful
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