Ayurveda Classes Urbandale IA

Breath is life. Our individuality begins with an inhalation. During the span of a lifetime, we exchange our personal molecules with the molecules of our environment more than 400 million times through the inflow and outflow of our breath. With each breath, we release trillions of molecules that belonged to us, and we assume temporary ownership of trillions of molecules that previously belonged to some other living being. Breathing is an essential recycling of life energy.

Donald Ray Shumate
(515) 271-1725
3200 Grand Ave
Des Moines, IA
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Disease

Data Provided by:
Randall R Hanson
(515) 241-6472
1215 Pleasant St
Des Moines, IA
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Disease

Data Provided by:
Amerlon L Enriquez, MD
1215 Pleasant St
Des Moines, IA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Santo Tomas, Fac Of Med And Surg, Manila, Philippines
Graduation Year: 1991

Data Provided by:
Randall Roe Hanson, MD
(515) 241-5989
1200 Pleasant St
Des Moines, IA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1969
Hospital
Hospital: Iowa Methodist Med Ctr, Des Moines, Ia; Iowa Lutheran Hosp, Des Moines, Ia
Group Practice: Iowa Lung Ctr

Data Provided by:
Gregory Alan Hicklin, MD
(515) 241-5988
1215 Pleasant St Ste 200
Des Moines, IA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1976
Hospital
Hospital: Skiff Med Ctr, Newton, Ia; Iowa Methodist Med Ctr, Des Moines, Ia
Group Practice: Iowa Clinic Heart & Vascular Care; Iowa Clinic Iowa Lung Center; Iowa Clinic Pc; Iowa Clinic Pc Main Office; Mercy Medical Center Administration Office

Data Provided by:
Donald R Shumate, DO
(515) 224-1777
411 Laurel St Ste 3275
Des Moines, IA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Des Moines Univ, Coll Osteo Med & Surg, Des Moines Ia 50312
Graduation Year: 1973

Data Provided by:
Scott J Sheets, DO
(515) 241-5926
1200 Pleasant St
Des Moines, IA
Specialties
Pediatrics, Pediatric Pulmonology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Des Moines Univ, Coll Osteo Med & Surg, Des Moines Ia 50312
Graduation Year: 1993

Data Provided by:
Adam John Glazier, MD
(515) 241-5988
1215 Pleasant St Ste 200
Des Moines, IA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1979

Data Provided by:
Adam John Glazier Jr, MD
(515) 241-5988
1215 Pleasant St Ste 200
Des Moines, IA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1979

Data Provided by:
Katrina Annette Guest, MD
(515) 241-6472
1215 Pleasant St Ste 200
Des Moines, IA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Suny At Buffalo Sch Of Med & Biomedical Sci, Buffalo Ny 14214
Graduation Year: 1986

Data Provided by:
Data Provided by:

Breath is Life

Provided by: 

Breath is life. Our individuality begins with an inhalation. During the span of a lifetime, we exchange our personal molecules with the molecules of our environment more than 400 million times through the inflow and outflow of our breath. With each breath, we release trillions of molecules that belonged to us, and we assume temporary ownership of trillions of molecules that previously belonged to some other living being. Breathing is an essential recycling of life energy. At the end of our life, we exhale our last breath, and our individuality returns to the universal.

In Ayurveda and yoga, the breath is intimately associated with vital energy, known in Sanskrit as prana. According to ancient yogic texts, prana is “the flight of a bird, rising from earth to heaven, tied to a golden filament.” The earth represents our core survival needs as symbolized by the root chakra, called Muladhara. Heaven is the intuitive center residing in the brain, known as Ajna, in which our individuality has access to cosmic creativity. The filament represents the channel through which our ego is connected with our soul. Our breath is the delicate yet powerful thread that weaves together our environment, senses, body, mind, and soul. Effortless breathing is a hallmark of healthy integration between the layers of our being.

Physiologically, neuroscientists divide the human nervous system into two categories—voluntary and involuntary. The voluntary nervous system allows you to snap your fingers, walk your dog, drive your car, and perform the innumerable tasks that translate your intentions into actions. These intentions, generated in your soul, activate your mind, which then uses your brain, spinal cord, nerves, and muscles to manifest your desires in the world of form and phenomena.

The involuntary nervous system is responsible for maintaining a balanced internal state. The dynamic regulation of core physiological functions is known as homeostasis. In order for you to be healthy, your body’s intelligence is continuously regulating your heart rate, body temperature, digestive functions, metabolic activity, hormonal regulation, and immune responses.

Respiration is one of the few functions whose regulation can shift from involuntary to voluntary. When we bring our attention to the breath, we are capable of altering its rate, depth, or rhythm and can even stop it voluntarily for a short while. As soon as we divert our conscious attention from the breath, its control shifts back to involuntary. This ability to temporarily assume control over breathing provides a window into the mind-body connection.

Regulation of the breath is called pranayama. There are many different pranayama exercises that can be used to energize, soothe, and calm the mind and body. The core pranayama exercise is to consciously take a deep breath. A slow, deep inhalation followed by a slow exhalation awakens the relaxation side of the involuntary nervous system and restores the memory of whol...

Copyright 1999-2009 Natural Solutions: Vibrant Health, Balanced Living/Alternative Medicine/InnoVisi...