Flower Breath by Char Tara
the WaveDancz Flower Breath, with full awareness anchored in the present
moment, we can harmonize our energy with the natural ebb and tide of
the cycles of life. Like the flow of the ocean’s wave, this creates
a flushing or cleansing effect on energy in our central nervous system
so we may have an ever increasing sense of ample energy and abundance.
On the outward,
extending wave of inhalation, the central nervous system is visualized
as a flower which radiates power, light and beauty into the entire cosmos,
the macrocosm. On the wave of the exhalation, the peace and presence
of the cosmos is visualized as returning to the flower, drawn deep into
the core of the spinal column, and into the microcosm, the very center
of the brain. Breathing in and out with this visualization facilitates
balancing the forces of power and peace, action and non-action, doing
and letting be, practicality and mysticism, in one’s being while
feeling a connection to one’s inner dimension.
There are energy centers which are receivers and transmitters of
electrical and subtle energy, located along the spinal column that
correlate with nerve plexus. The ancient Yogi’s called these
chakras. See your central nervous system as a flower. See the base
of your sacrum and your lower back as the root of the plant, embedded
in the earth, full of the fire of earth force. Imagine this energy
as a mandala of red, orange and yellow energy which feeds your physical
system and accesses energy from the potent fire in the center of
the earth. See your mid and upper back and your throat like the
stem and leaves of the plant. Finally imagine your head as a flower
blossom, a mandala of swirling blue and purple hues.
Breathing: This type breathing is called deep throat breathing,
“psychic breath” or Ujjiyi breathing by Yogi’s.
A calming effect occurs. Breathe in slowly and create a soft hissing
or aspirant noise in the back of the throat similar to snoring but
done consciously. Practice this throughout the exercise in order
to activate the Parasympathetic Nervous System or relaxation response.
The Parasympathetic Nervous System has nerve fibers in the back
of the throat and neck and at the base of the spine which are stimulated
by Oceanic Breathing. Practice the snoring sound for a more breaths.
Begin your Flower Breath with a complete exhalation.
3. Inhalation: With your next inhalation muscularly
draw your energy toward the midline of your body and pull energy
up the spine, from the root center, the fire Mandala of the pelvic
region, up through your middle back and heart area, the stem of
the flower and into your head, the flower blossom. Create a steady
contraction of the muscles at the base of your pelvic floor throughout
inhalation to drive the internal energy up the stem of the flower,
similar to a plant drinking water and nutrients from the earth.
Visualize the breath as white or colored light. See this potent
beam illuminating all it contacts and allow your cells tingle.
Fullness of Inhalation Pointers: At the same time, relax
the intercostals muscles of the rib cage allowing the ribs to expand
in all directions out from the center of the mid and upper back
area. Be sure to fill the lungs from the bottom up, first filling
the lower lobes of the lungs, the mid lungs and finally lifting
and spreading the clavicle area of the chest which makes space for
the upper lungs to receive oxygen. This is an action of abducting
the rib muscles or moving away from bodily midline. See the stem
of your flower being nourished and filling up with light. In order
to inhale to a healthy capacity the upper lobes of the lung must
fully inflate which requires more muscular action at the end of
Energy Center Locks: Once your lungs are completely full
of air, hold the inhalation and muscular abduction for a few seconds
and drive the energy of the breath up into the head area, allowing
the flower blossom mandala to illuminate. Release any tension or
resistance in the skull muscles allowing Prana to fully penetrate
the brain. Allow the inner pressure of the head to deflate like
a balloon or to empty like the sand in an hourglass. This further
relaxes the skull and concentrates your intention toward the midline
of the brain and to flow upward. Extend your stream of energy a
few inches above your head and visualize your flower blossoming
suddenly bursting into a radiant display of fireworks. From this
powerful center, allow the radiance of your flowering higher consciousness
to blossom and shine out to the Earth, into space and touching all
realms of existence. Sense your connection with the whole, the macrocosm.
After the pause, exhale and release air in a gentle controlled manner,
and allow the walls of the skull to softly expand while the energy
from the flower showers colorful shimmering light downward. See
the rain of sparkles cascading down from the skull, melting away
all tension and feeding the body with nourishment. Imagine your
inner body extending itself, dancing with colors ablaze all about
you. Completely relax, slowly adducting, or moving all muscular
energy back toward the center of your body. Feel peace and presence,
relief and harmony refueling your central nervous system and your
energy centers. Notice the decent of the energy, penetrating into
the core of your spinal column, back into your flower stem, deep
into the most interior part of your brain and completing in the
root center. Rest in the light, allowing any desires to do anything,
fix your life or go into the past or future in your mind to dissolve.
Fullness of Exhalation Pointers: The key is to release
and fully let go with your mind, emotions and muscles while keeping
the breath steady, smooth and without aggressive effort. At the
very end of the end of the out breath, pause slightly and press
the navel toward the spine, thus further emptying the lungs. Full
exhalation requires more muscular power at the very end. Save energy
for the final pulling in of the navel. In Oceanic Breathing, it
is important to pause in between inhalation and exhalation and keep
the breathing slow and steady without aggression. Slow, steady inhalation,
slow, steady exhalation is the key. Many people experience a sense
of timelessness and vastness of space in the pausing phase. Rest
and Inner Dimension - A message to everyone.
The vastness of the physical universe is reflected within. We know from
science that our cosmos contains few objects (planets, stars, etc) in
relation to “empty” space. Our inner dimension is also full
of infinite space and yes, a few objects which we tend to become overly
attached to. This over-fixation to objects, to the point where we believe
we have no space in our life, no time, no breathing room is the cause
of all suffering as Buddha once said. The complaint of always being
too busy and never having enough time, is all an illusion, there is
no limit to time and space. Yes we live in a finite world with finite
boundaries but as infinite sparks of the original creative force we
are granted the privilege of accessing the infinite level of limitlessness.
Naturally we learn this a little bit at time, only at the rate by which
we can integrate this wisdom safely into our lives.
Our breath can teach
us that participating in all aspects of the full cycle of life, with
all its ebbs and tides, ups and downs, yin and yang, loosens up our
fixations and we can enjoy more freedom even while living in this finite
world. This requires dropping judgments and labels upon things. We can
simply open to something bigger than wherever we are right now by taking
in more breath than we normally do, This changes the dynamic of our
existence instantaneously. I became fascinated once I learned this truth,
it works like magic. Only by emptying fully in our exhalation, do we
create space in our life to fully receive. This is the key to all detoxification
protocols. On the biological level, 70% of daily detoxification occurs
through the lungs. Increasing the efficiency of our breathing mechanism
and breathing consciously is the best medicine I know of. It’s
There is magic in
the pausing phase of breath too. By taking the time to pause between
transitions, be sensitive and deeply feel, we ground our self, our perspective
can broaden, freedom is felt. The great Earth Mother, which the Yogi’s
called Shakti, she breaths us. Breathing occurs automatically as a function
of the reptile brain. Conscious breathing originates in the higher brain
and thus awakens higher awareness and more positive emotional states.
Trust and release of anxiety is essential to participate in life with
beauty and grace.
lowers the brain waves from Beta (waking) into Alpha, and possibly Theta
or Delta brain waves which are very rejuvenating. Adding the visualization
helps to keep the mind focused and tuned inward. While we maintain full
consciousness in a relaxed or light sleep state, we learn an important
aspect of mental mastery. Traditionally this is called Yoga Nidra or
Sleep of the Yogis. In a light trance state one can better change old
belief patterns, let go of physical attachments from the past and travel
into the sacred space of “nowtime”. Regular practice of
Flower Breathing relieves stress and one can experience first hand the
bliss of non-ordinary states of consciousness.
on the link below for a page where you can
print out the Flower Mandala
to use as a visual aid for this breath.