Vipassana, which means to see things as they really are, is one of India's most ancient techniques of meditation. It was rediscovered by Gotama Buddha more than 2500 years ago and was taught by him as a universal remedy for universal ills. This non-sectarian technique aims for the total eradication of mental impurities and the resultant highest happiness of full liberation. Healing, not merely the curing of diseases, but the essential healing of human suffering, is its purpose. Vipassana is a way of self-transformation through self-observation. It focuses on the deep interconnection between mind and body, which can be experienced directly by disciplined attention to the physical sensations that form the life of the body, and that continuously interconnect and condition the life of the mind. It is this observation-based, self-exploratory journey to the common root of mind and body that dissolves mental impurity, resulting in a balanced mind full of love and compassion. The scientific laws that operate one's thoughts, feelings, judgements and sensations become clear. Through direct experience, the nature of how one grows or regresses, how one produces suffering or frees oneself from suffering is understood. Life becomes characterized by increased awareness, non-delusion, self-control and peace.
Breathing is the most important part of a yoga pose.It used frough out the practise in Ashtanga-Vinyasa, when in other schools of yoga it is not emphesided so much to use it during the practise of asana. Ujjayi (oo-jy-ee) breath, also called conqueror breath or snoring breath is a great breath for beginner yogis. Here are the steps to practice and learn Ujjayi Breath.
1. Sit in with legs crossed or in half lotus, lengthen your spinal with your , relaxe your houlders. 2. Inhale through your nose, then exhale slowly through a widly-opened mouth. Direct the out-going breath slowly across the back of your throat with a drawn-out HA sound. 3. Try this a few times and then close your mouth. Now, as you both inhale and exhale through your nose, direct the breath again slowly across the back of your throat. Ideally you should hear, a soft sea-shell sound or ocean-wave like sound. 4. This sound, called ajapa mantra (ah-JOP-ah mahn-trah) or "unspoken mantra" it slows down and regulates your breath, allowing you to focus your awareness on your body and mind.