The word, ‘health’ in Sanskrit means to be established in one’s self. The body, mind and spirit have to be in harmony. We have seven layers to our existence that is body, breath, mind, intellect, memory, ego and the self. So, we need to learn about all these and the techniques to keep them healthy and in harmony, and that’s what Yoga and Sudarshan Kriya is all about. With a few minutes of meditation, our whole system gets rejuvenated.
There are four sources of energy. The first is food, second is good sleep, and third is breathing, fourth is meditation. By attending to these four important sources of energy, we can restore our health. There are many benefits of breathing exercises:
- Violence-free society,
- Disease-free body,
- Confusion-free mind,
- Inhibition-free intellect,
- Trauma-free memory and
- Sorrow-free soul..
90% of impurities in the system go out through the breath, but we use only 30% of our lung capacity. Breath is linked to our different emotions; when we are happy we breath differently, when we are stressed we breathe differently, when we have anxiety, the pattern of our breath is different. By manipulating the breathing you can change the emotions, and change the endocrine system. That’s what an Art of Living course, the Part I course of Art of Living, teaches you, various different types of breathing exercises, combined with meditation and several other techniques of self-awareness which uplift the spirit. And millions of people around the world are doing it, it has been so effective and so heart-warming to see their transformations.
You know, I will use the example of a cell-phone, a cell-phone needs charging. You need to charge your cell-phone. When charge goes off, you dial the number and keep saying “Hello Hello” and nothing will happen, because battery has died out. So you need to recharge your batteries. And you have to “change” your SIM card, and if the SIM card has no charge, call will not go through. So meditation is like charging the SIM card, breathing is like charging the battery of cell-phone. So, both are essential in order to communicate with ourselves, and the universe around us.