This video features a classical instruction by His Holiness Swami Vidyadhishananda on mindfulness practice that also includes a guided meditation. The video begins with a preview of what this mindfulness practice entails, followed by breathwork with chanting and sound from meditation bowls. The instruction for 24 synchronized breaths is guided in detail in this video.
Breathing is synchronized with chanting (or internal rumination) of so during the full ujjāyi inhalation and haṃ during the subsequent full ujjāyi exhalation. The practitioner is asked to make sure that the inhale and pause constitute one effort lasting the duration of the so sound; similarly the exhale and pause are meant to be part of one effort lasting the entire haṃ sound. It takes only a few breaths to get into a rhythm.
Herein the So-haṃ constitutes an affirmation that the practitioner is an ever-free consciousness beyond the mind, ego and intellect. As part of this mindfulness routine the practitioner is urged to avoid forcefully emptied exhalation or overfilling inhalation. Moreover the transition from exhale to pause or inhale to pause needs to be as smooth as possible so that no extra effort is required during suspension of breath.
His Holiness Swami Vidyadhishananda guides a traditional Patanjali Yogasutra-based meditation after the breathwork, which brings about healing and rejuvenation. The meditation guidance reaffirms the tenet of the So-haṃ breathing that this light of consciousness in my heart is beyond the I-sense of the intellect and ego. Sitting in a steady posture is ideal for this practice. Please use good speakers or high quality headphones when listening and meditating.
This video was recorded at a fellowship in Santa Barbara, California on 20th May 2017.