Cleaning the Body, Clearing the Mind & Elevating the Spirit.
The Nine Breathings of Purification, a meditation technique that has been practiced for thousands of years, uses the body as the means of connecting with one's natural mind. Basically, the practitioner takes an upright posture that supports wakefulness and imagines a simple, sacred anatomy of three channels of light within the body. After reflecting upon the presence of challenges in one's life, the focus is brought to the inhalation as the breath is imagined moving through specific channels in the body, held slightly, and then released with the exhalation. As the practitioner releases the breath through a specific channel, subtle obscurations are released facilitating the recognition of openness. After nine successive breaths, the practitioner rests in open awareness, bringing clear attention to the openness itself and connecting to this source of all positive qualities.
The Five Tsa Lung Exercises are movements that work with five chakra locations within the central channel of the body: the crown, throat, heart, navel and secret chakra. The Tsa Lung exercises open the chakras in order to access the deeper wisdom that is always available. Tsa is the Tibetan word for channel, and lung is the word for wind (called prana, qi or chi in other traditions), which we work with in the Nine Breathings of Purification. In these exercises, you inhale, bringing your focus and breath together to a particular chakra in the body. Then you reinhale and hold the breath and focus while performing a specific movement designed to open the blockages and obscurations of that chakra. After releasing the breath, you rest in open awareness, which allows you to become aware of more subtle qualities.