24 Jan 2023
Heart and Humanity go hand in hand. Heart healing and wholeness are disturbed when life is strained and stressed with - pride, anger, lust, envy, gluttony, avarice, and sloth.
Heart and Humanity go hand in hand. Heart healing and wholeness are disturbed when life is strained and stressed with - pride, anger, lust, envy, gluttony, avarice, and sloth. These personality traits can bring strain to the heart. The speed of life can bring strain to the heart. Most importantly, interpersonal relationships, expectations of society not being met, frustrations and disappointments can bring a lot of trouble to the heart. What contributes to this strain on the heart are food, lethargy, lack of sleep and poor breathing. All these things put together disturb the heart's regulatory state of being.
Heart by default is in rhythm. In Sanskrit, it is said & quotes; RIKT”, meaning the empty space. “RIKT” is the regulatory essence of this universe and in this empty space births the regulatory essence of this Universe. So “RIKT” - “RID”, out of which is then born “RHYTHM”. “RHYTHM & HRIDAY complement each other. RHYTHM and HRIDAY depend on the flow and on synchronicity. Synchronicity is about flow, about things falling in place – coinciding, life getting coordinated, orchestrated. So HRIDAY and RHYTHM fall in place. HRIDAY and RHYTHM together, because of the flow also give rise to Human consciousness. Human consciousness also indirectly gives rise to compassion, sympathy and empathy, all of which are positive creative emotions. These positive creative emotions alter the biochemistry and support the endocrine system, our glandular functions and stimulate our hormones. All these puts together ensure a happy, healthy, whole heart.
The disturbing factors of the heart could be time, matter, space, light, motion, mass, causation and effect and the correcting factors for restoration could be – breathing correctly. Most people don’t breathe correctly.
How to Breathe correctly:
Sit comfortably with your back straight on the mat or on the chair. Make sure your back is not stiff, not constricted but relaxed. Breathe in through your nose. Let your belly fill with air. Breathe out through your nose. Fill in your alveoli like you fill the air in the balloon, with every breath going in and out. Place one hand on your belly. As you breathe in, feel your diaphragm moving up and down like the waves of the ocean. Initially it will move only 4-5 cm. We have to increase the capacity and take it higher to up to 11-12 cm. The more the diaphragm moves, the more your lungs will get stimulated, the more your respiratory tract will get stimulated, and your thymus gland will respond to infections. If your B-cells will be good, your bone-marrow secretion will be better. With deep breathing, sinuses and adenoids will flush out all the harboured toxins, germs, and bacteria and the body temperature will be regulated, which in turn will improve your immunity.
This life perpetuates. So, all we need is to breathe in and out correctly. Prana means the force of life from the source of life. Regulation and regulating your breath is an art as well as a science. The scientific understanding of breath management is also connected with the philosophy of the breath and movement of mind and thoughts. Breath itself is important for our biological, physiological, psychological, emotional, physical and spiritual well-being. If orchestrated well in flow and rhythm, one can attain eternity of all kinds beyond the dimensions of the realm of life. When I say this, it should not be understood as the body becoming immortal. It is to understand that the master of breath becomes the master of manifestations, the master of longevity, infinity, and the master of eternity.
Each breath that goes inside brings creativity and vitality. It brings in resolutions, solutions and problems dissolve. When you breathe out, you are weeding out all your emotional trauma, negative feelings, resentment, hate and anxiety. Pranayama is now recognized by scientists as a means of invigorating, enhancing and accelerating the revitalizing process in the body. With breath, the involuntary process of body, brain and mind can be mastered. When we acquire control over these processes, we can also achieve control over life and death. The process of conscious breathing takes place in the frontal brain which is responsible for the evolution and higher awareness while spontaneous breathing happens in the primitive brain. Most people breathe incorrectly. They do not make use of all 5 lobes.
The effects of different Pranayama on the heart:
Studies on pranayama practice when combined with asanas have many benefits on the functioning of the heart.
Bhramari – Humming bee breathing practice has a tranquillizing effect on the brain and heart. It reduces anxiety and stress.
Ujjayi – The victory breath helps in reducing systolic and diastolic pressure if practised regularly.
Nadi-shodhana – Alternate nostril breathing is one of the best practices to be done by people with heart problems. Apart from improving systolic and diastolic blood
pressure; the breath-holding time, expiratory flow and pulse rate also improve. For a healthy adult, kapalbhati, bhastrika and kumbhaka pranayama conditions the
Please note all the pranayama have to be performed under expert guidance only.
Rest is of vital importance for people with heart problems. So, diaphragmatic breathing exercises, sleeping like a child and deep breathing practice should be done. Yogic practice like savasana and yog Nidra needs to be practised. Yog – nidra is about breathing in energy and breathing out exhaustion and fatigue.
According to Ayurveda, prana is the essential life force energy that enters the body through sensible dietary choices, sensory stimulation, and relaxation before flowing throughout and energizing our entire being. In order to develop vigour, vitality, passion and immunity, we need high ojas. Ojas is the energy of pitta that digests our foods and experiences. This ojas resides in the heart and is circulated throughout the body by the heart to support both the body as a whole and the mind.
Here are certain lifestyle changes to make for a happy heart:
Include fruits, especially berries, vegetables, leafy grains, whole grains, beans, legumes, omega 3-rich foods like flaxseeds, and Refined oils should be replaced with filtered / cold pressed / kacchi ghani oils
Packaged and processed foods should be replaced with properly planned wholesome grains, fresh, seasonal and regional fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds and homemade snacks cooked in healthy fats and oils.
Consumption of the right quantity of unsaturated fats and oils. A2 cow ghee, extra virgin olive oil, and cold-pressed coconut oil in the right amounts are all recommended for good heart health. Replacing refined sugar and simple carbohydrates with healthier alternatives like organic jaggery and complex carbohydrates.
Limiting the usage of salt. Instead, use herbs and spices to boost flavours.
Manage cholesterol, manage diabetes, and manage blood pressure for a healthy heart.
So, correct breathing, clean nutritional intake, including exercises like walking and swimming and moving the body daily for the recommended time, connecting with nature and yoga can really heal you, your lungs, digestive system, nervous system and mind and once again heal your heart. All these things put together can give you a healthy heart, a harmonious heart and a rhythmic heart that will heal well.
Flow initialized…Rhythm specialized…Heart harmonized…Life Mickeymized!!!
Published in The Speaking Tree