Thank you this was very calming and nurturing :) Just a quick clarification, at the end with hands on chest and belly, do you mean for the breath to still fill up the belly then extend the chest on the inhale...in other words, we are feeling the inhalation in both hands..belly first then chest. Thank you :)
Hey Merryl , You are most welcome! Thank you for the question. In the breathing practice at the end with Jalandhara Bandha (chin dropped to chest, chest lifting up) I'm focusing my breath into my upper chest first. My belly does move but not so much as if I was focusing on belly breathing or full 3 part breath (if that makes sense) and I draw my belly in on the exhale. It's more that the inhale lifts my chest up, aligning my spine, and my belly drawing in towards my spine on the out breath gives me a very full exhale (ready to take in a lovely full inhale), strengthens my abdominals to support me and creates Uddiyana Bandha quite passively if I pause at the bottom. See how you go with it and please keep sending questions as they come up.
hi Emma, thanks so much, I really enjoyed exhaling with the mantra - so unexpectedly soothing. I too would appreciate more info about the mantra. i did google it but id prefer your take and wouldnt it be useful to write the mantra ? or do you think its best to repeat an approximation of what you hear till you "get it"? have a beautiful day ! loveandpeacexxxx michelle
Michelle , Sasha, Helen I'm so glad you enjoyed the practice and thank you for commenting! I apparently fell into a hole and completely forgot to respond.
The Mantra Om Shreem Sri Yai Namaha I understand to be a chant to Lakshmi. Shreem is her seed sound, in other words the sound absolutely IS Lakshmi. Krishnamacharya was a follower of Vishnu (a Vaishnava) and Lakshmi is Vishu's consort which was why he KMC used the mantra.
It is not a call for gathering wealth or calling in abundance which are somewhat frowned upon practices in India, rather it is a call of praise, a bow ,and acknowledgement for everything we already have.