Breathing with Awareness of Emptiness

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These teachings and guided practices are a traditional interpretation of Patanjali's Yogasutra aphorisms on establishing the ananta samāpatti (engrossment in infinitude) in āsana practice, and then invoking the breathwork for a prānāyāma practice. In this series of discourses and guided practices, His Holiness Swami Vidyadhishananda answers the quintessential question if indeed perfection of āsana is needed before starting the prānāyāma.

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Breathing with Awareness of Emptiness

These teachings and guided practices are a traditional interpretation of Patanjali's Yogasutra aphorisms on establishing the ananta samāpatti (engrossment in infinitude) in āsana practice, and then invoking the breathwork for a prānāyāma practice. In this series of discourses and guided practices, His Holiness Swami Vidyadhishananda answers the quintessential question if indeed perfection of āsana is needed before starting the prānāyāma.

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  • Breathing with Awareness of Emptiness - 1. Establishing Stillness before Breathwork -- Discourse

    49m · Streamable only

  • Breathing with Awareness of Emptiness - 2. Suspension of Exhalation in the Same Effort -- Guided Practice

    35m · Streamable only

  • Breathing with Awareness of Emptiness - 3. Suspension of Inhalation and Exhalation during Repose -- Discourse

    51m · Streamable only

  • Breathing with Awareness of Emptiness - 4. Synchronizing Breathing Effortlessly with Quietening -- Guided Practice

    45m · Streamable only

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  1. Breathing with Awareness of Emptiness - 1. Establishing Stillness before Breathwork -- Discourse

    49m · Streamable only

    This teaching based on Yogasutra aphorisms provides the conditions necessary to fructify a regular prānāyāma practice founded upon the momentum of habituated engrossment. His Holiness Swami Vidyadhishananda emphasizes motionlessness of body and stillness of mind, in addition to the slow and controlled movement of breath as the criteria to success in prānāyāma.

  2. Breathing with Awareness of Emptiness - 2. Suspension of Exhalation in the Same Effort -- Guided Practice

    35m · Streamable only

    This guided practice and teaching is centred on chapter-1 sutra-34 and impresses upon attaining stillness by establishing calmness of ananta samāpatti through relaxation of musculature. His Holiness Swami Vidyadhishananda explains how the prānāyāma is defined in the Yogasutra aphorisms and elucidates the transitioning from exhalation to suspension of breath in a single effort.

  3. Breathing with Awareness of Emptiness - 3. Suspension of Inhalation and Exhalation during Repose -- Discourse

    51m · Streamable only

    This teaching elucidates chapter-2 sutra-49 beginning with a review on how to ease into the calmness of ananta samāpatti followed by an exposition on how to synchronize breathing with quietening the mind. His Holiness Swami Vidyadhishananda juxtaposes the meaning of chapter-1 sutra-34 with the exegesis on chapter-2 sutra-49 and explains the scope of prānāyāma definition in the Yogasutra aphorisms. He explains about suspension of inhalation or exhal...

  4. Breathing with Awareness of Emptiness - 4. Synchronizing Breathing Effortlessly with Quietening -- Guided Practice

    45m · Streamable only

    This guided practice is based on chapter-2 sutra-49 and introduces suspension of breath without disturbing the stillness of ananta samāpatti. His Holiness Swami Vidyadhishananda guides how two prānāyāma per breath can be undertaken when reposed in one contemplation or emptiness. The practice helps in attaining the suspension of breath, after exhalation or inhalation, in one single effort by remaining anchored on the object of contemplation be it li...