That’s what they said when I suggested doing things differently than was outlined by the Rishis. How did I dare go against the teachings of these saints and sages?
Well, first of all, I didn’t go against them and actually agree with many of their teachings, particularly those emphasizing the need for the inner development of a human being.
Second, instead of disagreeing, I was actually expanding their teachings, updating and making them relevant for a modern world with our growing stressors and pressures.
Who were they? The Rishis developed the Hindu beliefs (1000—600BC) and philosophies. According to Deepak Chopra, A Rishi is a seer or shaman to whom the Vedas were revealed thru states of higher consciousness. Post-Vedic tradition regards the Rishis as “sages” or saints, and it was the Rishis who authored the entire knowledge of Ayurveda. Rishi means the one who knows (Sanskrit).
Their culture was one in which humanity was suffering from many diseases. Their solution was to sit together and go into a meditative state, transcending to the experience of pure consciousness. Arising from that practice, they had their followers eat a vegetarian diet and to breathe thru the nostrils. Eating meat and breathing thru the mouth were stimulating and contra-indicated for their purpose.
I agree with all that they taught at the time they taught it. That said, I don’t travel by oxcart today and by analogy, since the methods of travels have been updated, why not update the methods of conscious breathing? When I examined what our modern world would most benefit from in the way of breathing, it was to increase vitality and boost immune function while at the same time providing a broader ground for the meditative experience. Half of Americans can’t meditate, finding it stressful. All can breathe.
What if there was a way of breathing that could prepare even the (resistant) Western mind for and produce the brainwave pattern of meditation? What if there was a way to both stimulate and calm the Central Nervous System in one exercise? What if long-held tension could be energetically resolved thru this exercise without mental process and struggle? Thus Full-Wave Breathing arose, considering the traditions of the past, immediate in its benefit, and accessible to all who would avail themselves of it.
The Vedic tradition contains the ancient spiritual practices of how to blend intention with pure consciousness to gain all knowledge and fulfill all desires. In the 21st Century, combining intention with breathing produces powerful results as a mindbody exercise. Does using intention with Full Wave Breathing make it a Vedic exercise? Or is it new?
Of all the yogic breathing methods taught by the Rishis, none produces the same result as Full Wave Breathing. It is different, and judging by the results obtained by those who utilize it, the single most important exercise for the mindbody system.
The only downside is that it does require action on the part of the users. So instead of taking a pill, potion or chemical, the individual is called upon for activity. And don’t be fooled by the simplicity. It is an exercise, as you will find out within the first 10-12 minutes. Repeated over time, Full Wave Breathing confers vitality and awareness. Though differing from the practices of thousands of years ago, in Full Wave Breathing, the Vedic tradition is alive and well today
As the Rishis described it, awareness begins in an unbounded state with pure consciousness and then cascades, plane by plane, until it reaches the physical world. That each level is within you, and the choice of boundaries – or unboundedness – is yours alone. Therefore journeys to heaven and hell are daily occurrences, not far-off possibilities.” –Deepak Chopra, MD (Life After Death: The Burden of Proof)