Off the path

September 27th, 2006

Lalit, our resident yoga and ayurveda expert, wrote a blog yesterday that reminded me that I was meant to be well down the path to enlightenment by now.

Oh dear, I have been letting my Pranayama breathing exercises slip recently.

For those who read this blog regularly, you will know that I place a lot of importance on keeping fit, and I go to the gym, or swim, most weekdays. This takes up any free time I could devote to calmer pursuits such as yoga and the Pranayama breathing exercises that Lalit gently reminds me about.

It sounds strange, as I write this, that I can’t make time in a twenty four hour day, to spend ten minutes relaxing and breathing deeply and in a controlled way. the benefits to doing this are huge. I feel more clear headed and calm after practising Aalom Vilom (AV) and that sense of calmness seems to last for a number of hours.

In fact, a few weeks ago, I was rushing to the shops to get the weekly shopping, which, unfortunately, I had been tasked with. I ended up getting there before the shops were open and had ten minutes to wait in the car park. I realised that I felt a bit stressed, as there is a lot going on at the moment, so I sat there doing AV for a few minutes.

A sense of calmness and clear headedness descended upon me and I felt rejuvenated. I know that the deep, deliberate and controlled breathing ensures that your blood is maximally oxygenated, but it does wonders.

So here I sit after another busy day. I’ve been to the gym. I’ve worked hard on a number of projects and organised a range of different tasks, but I haven’t spent that ten minutes of Pranayama, which could probably help the most.

Thanks, Lalit, for giving me the nudge again. Its about time that I stumbled back along that long and winding path. Tomorrow I’ll make the effort. I mean it!

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