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Pranayama Yoga – Breathwork

Written by Sam Slovick (from LA Yoga Magazine April 2010)

The Kyoto Hotel in downtown Los Angeles is a portal today. Braced against the streets of chaos, the Little Toyko-5 star is pressed tightly against the homeless vortex of Skid Row. In a few hours, Reluctant Healer, David Elliott will incite another kind vortex here. A whirling mass of self inflicted healing in a pranayamic workshop.

Neatly dressed in a sweater and jeans, he’s breathing easy in the pristine sanctuary of the rooftop garden. Elliott listens with the detached indifference of a spiritual clinician. He speaks with the calm reserve of a Southerner.

A practiced wordsmith, he has just released his second book, Healing. His first work, The Reluctant Healer, was decidedly well received and remains a valuable resource for anyone considering the path of healer.

“I teach people how to heal themselves by getting in touch with their energy, and teaching them how energy can melt through any block or illness, and ultimately the energy I’m talking about is love…self-love.”

Pranayama is a healing modality. From the Sanskrit; prana or breath is the life-force; yama, means to suspend or restrain. The breathwork is an aspect of what David Elliott does in totality. It’s one element in a larger toolbox that makes up his practice.

“It’s a tool to help people to get out of their heads… to help people to open up. Open their heart up and stop thinking or being focused outside themselves. So with the breathing meditation we’re teaching people to focus inside. To still themselves and ultimately to open up and let the universe come through as love…as self-love,” he says.

Pranayama Yoga Intro

A bit more on David Elliott, The Reluctant Healer, and the work (Pranayama Yoga).

The Reluctant Healer

What:Pranayama is a Sanskrit word meaning “lengthening of the prana or breath”. The word is composed of two Sanskrit words, Prāna, life force, or vital energy, particularly, the breath, and “āyāma”, to lengthen or extend. It is often translated as control of the life force (prana). When used as a technical term in yoga, it is often translated more specifically as “breath control”.

Treatment: The heart of the pranayama yoga sessions is a breathing meditation that utilizes an ancient rhythmic breathing technique that very quickly shuts down the thinking part of the mind and gets a profound amount of energy moving through the body. Once this energy is accessed, it is used to clear deeply held blocks (of trauma) and helps to open a person to a place of great insight, profound creativity, and the experience of freedom. Sessions are an exhilarating and deeply rejuvenating journey. A progressive journey that goes deeper each time. According to David Elliott, “The moment you unblock, you feel it. The fear you’ve had trapped inside releases. Emotions unravel. You’re brought into the present moment, and can finally stop living in the time you originally experienced your fears…. It is the beginning of your empowerment. “

Breathwork Circle

David Elliott, a clairaudient and author of  THE RELUCTANT HEALER, is a phenomenal healer who for years has been working with people to help them unblock stuck energy from their bodies.  He coined the phrase, “Where awareness goes, energy flows.”

David’s views suggest that for healing to occur, control must be placed within an individual rather than directed or dictated by an external source.  He believes that healing comes through owing one’s own healing potential, facilitated by a conscious connection to Spirit

In a nutshell, David’s method uses a simple breath process, called pranayama yoga, in which oxygen stimulates the hypothalamus gland into releasing endorphins that stimulate the other glands, which he refers to as chakras.  Stuck energy is released in the body and feels like a tingling sensation.