(centre of unstruck sound)
|Location||at the heart|
|Symbol||two intersecting triangles
(forming a star)
|Purpose||love, joy, compassion|
(to support & open centre)
|- Salabhasana (plank pose)
- Ustrasana (camel)
- Bitilasana (cow pose)
Vatu Mandala Pranayama for the Heart Chakra
*** this breath technique comes from the Gitananda yoga tradition
*** this specific technique uses a breath retention so should not be practiced by those with hypertension, heart disease, asthma, ulcers or when pregnant. If you are new to a pranayama practice, breath retentions can be intense, so please STOP if you feel any strain, irritation or cramping.
This technique involves a three-part breath:
- inhale for a count of 6
- exhale for a count of 6
- hold the breath (with the lungs empty) for a count of 6
Continue this pattern for at least 9 rounds. You can decrease the count to 5 or 4 or increase the count to 7, 8, or 9 as long as the inhale, exhale and hold are all the same length. For an audio recording that includes a visualization to go along with this technique, feel free to visit my site by clicking here.
Happy breathing and allow yourself to experience joy in your practice.
See you on our mats!