The Meaning of Kumbhaka:
- Kumbhaka means pitcher, jar, pot. Think: container.
- It is also the term used for breath retention — on both the inhale and the exhale.
- When you inhale and retain the breath, your container is full. Expansive.
- When you exhale and retain the breath, your container is empty. Receptive.
- In The Heart of Yoga, Desikachar has this to impart, “…as it is held the breath is at rest, and with it so hopefully is the mind.”
- During the day, remember to bring your attention to your breath. Fill your jar completely and experience this feeling. Then empty your pot fully and stay tapped in.
Kumbhaka written in Devanagari:
Word to the wise: you’ll always remember Kumbhaka if you sing my remixed tune…
“Kumbhaka my lord, kuuuuuummmbhaaaakaaa.” Be sure to hold your own hand and sit by a crackling fire. Conscious breath: mandatory. S’mores: optional.
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