Development is a pattern of relationships which create a form. Humans develop themselves in a series of patterns and relationships. The word "yoga" describes a pattern of bonding relationships, or union.
Movement is an expression of relationships, their patterns expressed in tissues, within neurons, and as an ability to interact within interpersonal and spiritual dimensions.
Just as movement begins at the cellular level, so does breathing.
Our breath begins as vibration, cellular resonance as the cells interact, form relationship, and develop patterns of exchange and bonding.
Cellular bonding creates patterns of constant exchange; sponging and pulsation. Sponging is a relationships of bringing into the cell new information and nutrients. Pulsation happens in the pause, a release into gravity followed by a rebound of lightness, a pause in the process; a kumbaka.
Sponging and pulsation become "inhale" (puraka) and exhale (rechaka) as cellular bonding becomes mass and form. Cellular Breathing, and now Lung Breathing with structural sensation layer the breath as prana, life force.
The roots of pranayama begin at conception; pranayama is a gateway to remember our breath as beginning.
Practices and Teachings: Somatic Breath
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