A Breathing Exercise, & ‘Hide Your Love’

A Few More Beautiful Moments From the Yoga Retreat in Dubai.
We had so much fun!

Dubai 5

Dubai beach 1

We honoured the Sun at dawn
The Moon in the night
We celebrated  each moment
Whether dark or bright

 

namaste

A Useful Breathing Exercise:

To get the maximum benefit from the following exercise do it with full awareness and interest. Make effort but don’t struggle. In this exercise more emphasis is on the exhalation. You exhale in steps. Each step consists of exhaling a little bit and holding  the breath without inhaling. With practice you increase the number of steps and holding period. 
1. Sit comfortably with your spine erect
2. Take a full and deep breath in. Hold the breath in for a count of four.
3. Again breathe in a little more. Hold the breath in for a count of four.
4. Again breathe in a little more. Hold the breath in for a count of four.
4. Exhale slightly for a count of two. Hold the breath without inhaling for a count of four. This completes one step.
5. Again exhale partially for a count of two. Hold the breath for a count of four. (second step)
6. Keep exhaling like this for as long as you can exhale, and until you feel some tightness in the chest. 
7. Take one or two  relaxing breaths ( inhale and exhale)
8. Repeat above 6 -8 times. Gradually increase it to ten or more times, and also increase the number of steps with each exhalation.

Benefits:

1. Strengthens the breathing muscles
2. Improves lung capacity
3. Helpful in controlling asthma
4. Improves focus
5. Helpful in calming the mind
6. Improves quality of your meditation
7. Improves overall quality of  your breath. 

Candle

‘Hide Your Love’

Hide your love
Hide it in the mind
But not a safe place
Actually the worst kind

A candle In the wind
Goes out fast
You keep trying
But it doesn’t last

Hide your love
Hide it in the heart
 Close and comforting
But pains when you part

A candle with a steady flame 
Too has an ending
So sad but
Surely comes the last sending

Hide your love
Hide it in the Soul

Hurray! You have scored
The winning goal

There is no candle there
Only a  glow
The prettiest river with
A continuous flow

No wind can
Put this fire out
It remains luminous
Even in floods or drought

Shining through the Soul
It reaches all
Good and bad
Big and small

It never causes pain
Because you never part
It never ends
Because it has no start

Krishna Jesus Buddha
Hide their love in the Soul
It is the ‘love forever’
So Holy! So Whole!

Spiritual dance