In this discourse Gurudevi describes two ancient yogic texts, one written by Patanjali and one written by Kshemaraja. Although both outline processes to follow to get beyond your mind, they go about it in two very different ways. Gurudevi uses metaphors to give you a basic understanding of these yogic texts and inspires you to learn more.
Prana is the life force that permeates our bodies and our realities at all levels. Not only does this satsang explain some of the many ways we can deplete our prana, but it also gives practical suggestions on how to replenish it. Gurudevi discusses how our thoughts and emotional state affect our pranic energy. And how important our pranic energy is to our overall well being.
Gurudevi discusses the relationship between prana (life force) and your mind. You pour your own prana, your own aliveness, into your thoughts. The problem is that most of your thoughts are limiting. Gurudevi offers uplifting quotes from her Guru, Baba Muktananda, from his book-length poem, Mukteshwari. She asks, “How are you going to uplift yourself?” By studying with someone who is there to uplift you, to give you the awakening of Kundalini, and by repeating mantra.
Gurudevi explores the subtleties of prana and explains that prana is the energy of aliveness. Prana is what makes your breath move and causes your heart to beat. Prana is what makes your body a living body. Your own presence in your body triggers the movement of prana. She explains that the average person uses only 10% of their lung capacity when breathing. To use more of that capacity radically changes your health and your mental and emotional profile. It is also very powerful in preparing you for meditation.
Your mind affects your breathing, and your breathing affects your mind. While you breathe, you move prana through your body, which increases your energy and improves your body, mind and more. Swami Nirmalananda tells you how to manage your breath, quiet your mind and build your prana.