Breathing practices are found in so many different fields like religious practice, martial arts, music, psychotherapy and shamanism.
Neopranayama presents a model that contains all types of breathing. The theory and philosophy classes during this course gives us a roadmap to fully understand Pranayama.
Using all the available wisdom we find a new and endlessly creative potential to reinvent pranayama along different functional lines. For every autonomic state there is a breathe adaptation which amazingly can be inverted to modulate our emotional state and metabolism.
In a nutshell then there is balance which is the healthiest and most preferred state. It’s when we feel both calm and energised. The breath that suits this state has a resonant frequency that speaks to the hearts beating rhythm. This is the optimal breath, much slower than the average, which we would like to instil by practice and take into our regular active life.
There is excitement when energy mobilises and we feel more alive. Breathing is faster and deeper responding to sympathetic stimulation. Ideally we can embrace high energy states and quickly adapt back to balance. When our system is permanently stimulated though this is the state of chronic stress.
Then there is deepest relaxation which takes us to altered states. Moving through emotions triggered by stress and enabling the shift from the default mode of the mind to effortless spontaneous awareness. Here is where the bodies systems are reprogrammed to use minimal energy nerves of a ninja.
Neo pranayama encompassed the whole range giving resilience to stress and rapid adaptation back to homeostasis. At the other end we develop superpowers of rejuvenation, recalibration and fortification. Most of the time we experience comfort and centering the physiological ideal of efficiency and ergonomics.
Knowing the terrain we find ourselves either where we want to be or with direction and mobility to change. Pranayama works at deeper levels than intention and Neo Pranayama connects the shift into unbalanced states with a return to balance. It provides deep tolerance to stress and increases awareness of internal states.