The Candid Eye

November 20, 2009

iPranayama!!!

A new iPhone app called myMeditation aims to enhance and deepen your daily practice by providing a framework with which to practice pranayama. Under the instruction of H.H. Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji, who provides the focus and mantras, the program provides gentle alarm sounds to bring you out from contemplation, inspiring Hindu imagery, and even breathing instructions for your yoga.

myMeditation is a modern way to engage in an age-old practice.Fully customizable,this app is designed to demystify meditation and help you with every step of your practice.With just a few minuutes of guided deep breathing, you can quiet your mind,bring clarity to your thoughts,and put yourself on the road to good health.

 

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What is Pranayama?

Pranayama is a Sanskrit word meaning “lengthening of the prana or breath.”The word is composed of two Sanskrit words – “Prana”, life force, or vital energy,particularly,the breath,and “ayama”, to lengthen or extend.When used in yoga,it is often translated more specifically as “breath control”.

Slow,full breaths are the foundation of a focussed meditation practice.Most of the time,we breathe very shallowly,and our breath sits at the top of our lungs.Pranayama deepens the breath,allowing the lungs to deliver more oxygen to the whole system,thus relaxing the body.This type of oxygenating breath is involuntarily taken while in deep sleep – your body’s natural restorative time.

The iPhone application is completely charitable; BLT Helps, the software maker, will use 100% of their proceeds toward funding design projects and providing design training that will benefit other non-profits and charitable organizations in need of these resources.

Sources:

HPI

BLT Helps

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