How do I align my navel and align my breath to overcome depression?
First, remember that depression is not something that you need to fight; do not enter into a struggle with depression. Instead, ease into a practice and day by day, slowly and slowly, your depression will simply dissolve. Here is a practice. Approach this practice each day with devotion and consciousness.
1. Inhale and hold the breath as long as you can. With the breath held in, consciously pull the navel in and up. (The navel point is located two finger-widths beneath the belly button; pull the muscles there back toward the spine and then up the spine). Pulling in and up the navel balances the five winds (these are the five winds: Prana, Apana, Udayana, Sumana, and Vyana.
Essentially, you are nothing but the movement of the five winds. To put it simply, Prana is the incoming wind; Apana is outgoing wind; Udayana is upward moving wind (in the neck and head regions); Sumana is centralizing wind that draws movement into a whirlwind around the navel; Vayana is the omnipresent wind that integrates all the winds together. These winds move within the body and around the body in a constant flow.
When these five winds are not aligned, when the wind movement is chaotic, you are not aligned; consequently, you are depressed. This is the primal root of the depression. The five winds are your essence, and these five winds need to be aligned.
Holding the breath automatically aligns the five winds. As you hold the breath, apply the mulbandh; this means pull up the muscles in the navel; also pull up the muscles in the anus and sex organs. Pull all these muscles physically and pull the energy up the spine; it is not just a physical pull but an energetic pull as well; mulbandh / root lock is a focused and conscious pull of energy up the spine. Be aware of the dynamic force within that is gathering the five winds to come into balance. Suspend the breath inside for as long as you possibly can; suspend the breath but do not hold it with driven, forceful effort; instead hold the breath in with deliberate and poised infinite stillness. Hold as long as possible. The technique of holding the breath in allows the prana to cleanse you.
2. Then throw the breath out. Hold the breath out as long as possible. When you are empty again, pull the navel in and apply Mulbandh hold the breath out, hold the breath out, and hold the breath out until you can’t hold the breath out anymore. The technique of holding the breath out makes you into a vacuum, an empty space. Suspending the breath out creates a perfect situation for you to be totally alert and be totally receptive. Totally alert and totally receptive is the combination needed for your consciousness to elevate. When you cannot hold out anymore, then again you inhale. And again you hold and you apply the Mulbandh; you pull the navel in and up, and hold and hold and hold.
Keep up with this breath pattern for 3-4 minutes, maximum 5 minutes.
3. End with Wisdom Breath. Wisdom Breath involves breathing through both nostrils inhale and exhale simultaneously and with the same amount of force through both nostrils.
Whenever you are in deep depression, your right nostril will work. Right nostril is Karmic Breath. Whenever you are relaxed and receptive, the left nostril works. Left nostril is Neutral Breath.
Both nostrils breathing together at the same time with the same force is called the Wisdom Breath.
Master the Wisdom Breath, and you can manifest anything.
Breathing through both nostrils brings freedom. Breathing through both nostrils means no chains attached. Wisdom breath does not pull you into confusion, distraction, or drama.
Breathing through the right nostril pulls you into acting and reacting according to the influences in your environment; the right nostril breath relates you to doing something that effects you; the right nostril breath convinces you that you are the doer and that you are affected and attached to your actions. This creates a pattern; these are called the holding patterns. These patterns that hold you create the illusions of depression. Because you are holding the pattern, the pattern is holding you. You are not letting go.
Wisdom breath, however, gives you the capacity to be with all of your environments in your most alert creative consciousness. Wisdom Breath gives you heightened sensitivity to all the choices you have regarding where to place your energy so that you can use your energy to influence and create the circumstances that allow the expression of your highest destiny, fulfillment, health, and well-being.
To review, right nostril breathing is Karmic Breath. Left nostril breathing is known as Neutral Breath. Breathing through both nostrils is called Wisdom Breath.
Become aware that every 2 ½ – 3 hours, a shift in your breathing pattern happens.
Throughout the day, there is one nostril that is dominating your breathing; sometimes it is the right; sometimes it is the left. That’s why, throughout the day, your ideas, emotions, thoughts, and concepts are constantly changing; throughout the day the dominant nostril through which you are breathing is changing. You are switching from neutral to karmic to neutral to karmic. The shift in which nostril is dominant usually happens every 2 1/2 to 3 hours throughout the day. During this shift, there are 3 seconds during which you breathe through both nostrils. You are breathing through both nostrils for 3 seconds before the shift clicks in. Because it is so short and we do not focus awareness on the breath, rarely are we aware of the possibilities of the Wisdom Breath. Becoming aware of Wisdom Breath offers great potential for our healing, elevated self, and connection to the Beloved.
Read more about Wisdom Breath, read Overcome Depression: Part 3
© Yogi Amandeep Singh