Rhonda Mills & Bradford Smith | Simply Meditate to Cultivate Balance

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Simply Meditate to Cultivate Balance

by Rhonda Mills & Bradford Smith

Balanced energy equals feeling refreshed, centered in your core, relaxed, inspired, and expansive. Learn how to create each of these physical and energetic states, and to support yourself to experience balanced body, mind, and energy.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Introduction
Rhonda Mills & Bradford Smith
4:16 album only
2. Pranavayu Meditation
Rhonda Mills & Bradford Smith
10:05 album only
3. Samanavayu Meditation
Rhonda Mills & Bradford Smith
10:49 album only
4. Apanavayu Meditation
Rhonda Mills & Bradford Smith
10:36 album only
5. Udanavayu Meditation
Rhonda Mills & Bradford Smith
11:21 album only
6. Vyanavayu Meditation
Rhonda Mills & Bradford Smith
10:39 album only
7. Integrating & Balancing Meditation
Rhonda Mills & Bradford Smith
16:04 album only
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Album Notes
Balance = Refresh + Integrate + Ground + Inspire + Expand

In the Yoga tradition, prana is considered the first unit of life, the lifeforce. Yogically speaking, however you see and experience your life is a mirror of your prana. Change your prana and your life will change too. In this CD, I am sharing practices to strengthen the 5 ways prana moves in your body. These are the subvisions of Prana, called the pranavayus. Each has a location within the body, certain physical organs and actions it relates with, and a specific psychological and mental function as follows:

* REFRESH. Pran (or pranavayu) moves inward to the brain center, and/or the heart center. In this meditation the focus is the brain center, and Pran energizes and revitalizes the body, mind, and heart. When Pran is lacking, you'll feel depleted, or drained. When Pran is in good shape, you feel you have the inner resources and resiliency to meet whatever's in front of you. You feel refreshed and supported from the inside.

* INTEGRATE. Samana (or samanavayu)’s movement is inward to the core, where it collects and provides nourishment, integrations, and assimilation, which then spirals through the whole body. When Samana is lacking, you may feel overwhelmed as if your inner cup is too full. When Samana's in good shape, you have integrated your experiences and whatever you've put into your body and be supported to function well, and with ease.

* GROUND. Apana (or apanavayu)’s movement is downward, collecting near the pelvis and tailbone, and then outward, creating a grounding effect and facilitating elimination and letting go. When Apana is lacking, you may become constipated physically or mentally. When Apana is functioning well, your physical elimination will function properly, and you let go of the past in a way that frees up your resources for what's happening now. You feel stable and at ease.

* INSPIRE. Udana (or udanavayu) is upward and expressive movement, and is related to growth, enthusiasm, inspiration and aspiration to evolve and expand, as well to speech. When Udana is lacking, you may lack inspiration or a sense of meaning, and may lack confidence that you can make a difference, or lack a sense of caring. When Udana is in good shape, you are filled with the upward movement of positivity and speaking up for yourself and what you care about. You are inspired!

* EXPAND. Vyana (or vyanavayu) moves expansively in every direction from the heart. Vyana is the distributive force, and the energy which integrates and balances the other pranavayus and the nervous system. When Vyana is lacking, you may feel small, or drawn inward. Your circulation may not function optimally. When Vyan is thriving, you circulate well and expansively in your life in every way.


1. Each of the seated practices begins with a specific pranayama, or breathing practice, and a visualization. There is a saying in the Yoga tradition – imagination creates experience. As you listen to each guided meditation, visualize and imagine as vividly as possible. Through dedicated regular practice, you will eventually gain the ability to experience and direct the subtle energy of Prana.

2. If you determine you need or want to strengthen a particular pranavayu, you might choose to listen to that meditation daily for a month or more.

3. If you believe your pranavayus are fairly balanced, and you want to support overall balance, you may choose to do the guided meditation which includes all the pranavyus on a daily basis.

4. In the Himalayan tradition, meditation is traditionally practiced with spine tall – head, neck and trunk in a straight line - rather than in a lounging or reclining position. When you meditate - If possible, sit on the floor or in a chair, with your hips positioned toward the front of the chair rather than leaning back. The result of practicing meditation in this position is that sitting tall strengthens and awakens your body, mind, and energy. If you are physically or mentally depleted or have an injury that prevents you from sitting tall, then be creative in finding another body position that works for you.

And most of all, ENJOY!



About Rhonda and Brad.

Rhonda Mills, ERYT500 and BodyMind Coach, began dancing as a child and hasn’t stopped yet. She has a life-long interest in spirituality, and has studied Yoga extensively at the Himalayan Institute and with ParaYoga Founder Rod Stryker since 2003. She also is steeped in the work of Kathlyn Hendricks, Ph.d. of the Hendricks Institute.

Bradford Smith, an accomplished musician on woodwinds, piano, and Native American flute, joins Rhonda on this series with the Tibetan Singing Bowls, also known as hand-hammered Himalayan chakra bowls. These bowls create entraining sound wave interference beats that slow brain waves to a conscious dream state. Brad is certified as a Sound Healer with Tibetan sound healer Suren Shrestha, who teaches sound healing techniques he learned from Tibetan monks and the yogi Tahalkishor Maharaj. Brad offers sound healing sessions with the Tibetan Chakra bowls and other instruments and leads kirtans - devotional singing, sounding, and music - several times per month in St. Louis, Missouri.



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