Practical Tips for Lasting Freedom

Fireworks, longer days, vacations, friends and plenty of sunshine are some of the greatest joys of life. The summertime welcomes us into a period of enjoyment, freedom and happiness, while we flourish in our lives! I'd like to invite our readers to soak in every single precious moment this summer. Remind yourself to turn off your phones and computers as often as possible and stay present with your loved ones, make time for those you care about, let go of those petty arguments, judgments and unnecessary stresses and re-examine in your life that which is a priority and of utmost importance. As you devote your attention and time towards that which brings you joy, whether it's an activity, a pet, a hobby or a loved one, be there fully. The invitation I bring forth for you is to open yourself to deepening your love for all that you are, all that you have and all that you do. An intense awareness and presence in the here and now is your liberation. The conscious decision to show up and be fully present in every single moment of your life is a lifelong practice however, as we develop this way of life we cultivate unconditional joy, gratitude and love. The rewards are well worth the practice!

Here is a Kundalini Yoga pranayama meditation that when practiced for 20 minutes a day will help you to become more conscious, present and aware in your life:

The Pranayama Energizer Series:

Sit cross legged, straight spine and using a pillow for comfort as needed.

Begin a 7 minute Breath of Fire. You can learn this breath by sticking your tongue all the way out and panting like a dog. Once you've developed a rhythm and become comfortable with it, go ahead and continue this breath only through the nostrils with the mouth closed. The breath comes from the navel and is a powerful and consistent "pushing out" of breath like a dragon. There is no real inhale, as it happens on its own. This breath stimulates 72,000 nerves at the navel point and energizes our entire body.

Next, inhale fully and expand the belly out on this inhale. This breath is long, slow and deep. On the exhale push the navel all the way back in towards the spine. Continue for 5 minutes. This breath strengthens the responses of the parasympathetic nervous system and stimulates the growth of new brain cells.

Inhale through puckered lips and exhale through the nose. Continue this breath for 3 minutes to create a relaxed body and a clear mind.

End this sequence with another 2 minutes of Breath of Fire.