In this episode we take a deep journalist dive into Yogic breathing (pranayama) and meditation with Michaël Bijker founder of The Life Awareness Project (Yoga LAP).
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06:47 - Michaël Bijker story to finding yoga as a surfer realizing that yoga was so much more than the physical practice. Yoga calmed his mind to which in return healed his body. However, his practice was not truly put to the test until a serious accident on a trip to Australia. Find out what happened and how yoga helped in ways modern medicine said was near impossible.
11:26 – Birth of the Yoga Life Awareness Project, known as Yoga LAP to share in the knowledge. Were he started making videos and course like the “Breath is Life” Breathing and Meditation course I am currently going through. Never had in mind that it should be a business.
“Squeeze decades into days with the right mentor who has gone the path you seek” - Austin Bitzas
16:05 - What can we expect from learning using the breath as a tool to improve mental and physical health?
Quote: “With these different breathing techniques it’s like a tool box to harmonize and balance different imbalances in the body”
18:51 - Experiences Michaël has seen from the students he has taught breathing and meditation to over the years
21:26 – Why Michaël uses a strategy of starting students off with stronger more physical breathing practices in the first portion of your course rather than the subtle more calmer practices. Than integrating breathing to meditation later on in the course and not early on.
22:26 – The feeling of having to do something to find that inner peace. We really connect over coming from a very physically active and mentally active backgrounds. If it’s going for a run, going to the gym, practicing yoga poses, or a strong breathing practice. In a way it is almost like a distraction method. Listen in to find out why.
29:11 – Purpose of meditation to peel away those layers that are hiding us from our source.
Quote: “You become master of that agitation, so that agitation is not master of you”
30:14 – What do we need to know before working on our breathing practice?
32:55 – What’s the best ways to practice our breathing techniques? Is it the same strategy as practicing our meditation? Hint: Breathing practice is like a preparation for the state of meditation
Breathing is about doing / Meditation is about “Non Doing” “Active vs Passive” but they can both compliment each other very much
35:18 - Tips for sitting during breathing and meditation sessions? Sitting vs laying down during your breathing practices
Quote: “Being present is a great skill to have”
38:11 - What techniques strategies do you have for those you work with that have a particularly active mind? Listen to Michaël’s protocol if this is you..
Resource: If you want to know more about 7 stages of yoga Michaël mentions: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seven_stages_(Yogi) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seven_stages_(Yogi))
Quote: “Tame the wild animal within”
44:56 – Yoga Breathing techniques we discuss some of the main types including a simple breathing technique called “Yogic Breathing”. Conscious Energy Awakening Breath.
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