Yogi Acharya Lama Gursam, “Lama G” to his twentysomething devotees, is one of a new generation of dynamic young Tibetan Buddhist meditation masters who speak fluent English and know the Western mind through direct personal experience. These days, it’s difficult to check out of the grocery store without seeing a slender, cross-legged woman sitting serenely on the cover of a magazine … a magazine that could be advertising anything from beachfront vacations to vitamins.
So yes, the benefits of mindfulness practices have been popularized by the media and validated by the medical community through the work of conscientious researchers in laboratories from Davis to Madison, Wis. Enter Yogi Acharya Lama Gursam, “Lama G” to his twentysomething devotees, one of a new generation of dynamic young Tibetan Buddhist meditation masters who speak fluent English and know the Western mind through direct personal experience. Lama Gursam has completed a traditional three-year solitary retreat as well as the rigorous course of study in languages and philosophy required of all those who bear the title “acharya.” Yet he is also a “yogi,” a real yogi, who has spent time meditating alone in caves for extensive periods of time.
When Davis resident Sunny Shine began her search for a meditation teacher, she was fortunate to meet Lama Gursam and invite him to A Shared Awareness meditation center in Davis. All are invited to attend free teachings with Lama Gursam throughout November, beginning Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. Lama Gursam’s teaching sessions cover a wide range of interests and ability levels, from beginning students seeking basic meditation instruction to advanced practitioners interested in daylong retreats and more esoteric practices.
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Pranayama has been a source to draw in the ‘Prana’ or chi or the universal life force across meditation practitioners for times immemorial. Pranayama has been attributed with momentous benefits with deep relaxation and improved wellbeing as the primary benefit. Similarly the Buddhists offer Pranayama with identical practices and enhanced benefits in the realms of spirituality. The Tibetan Pranayama or the 9 round breathing thus is most effective to use when one feels low on energy or vitality or when one is physically sick and suffering from mental or emotional health. While focusing on your breath, try and imagine your attention or mind as literally riding on top of the breath.
Take few long breaths: straighten up when you breathe in like you are pulled up by the crown and when you breathe out, subtly relax shoulders, face and hands while retaining the alignment.
Next, visualize a ‘central channel’ about 1cm thick from your perineum at the base to the crown of your head and two ‘side channels’ going in through the nostrils up to eyebrow level and then going down either side of the central channel merging at just below the navel.
Hold your breath and the white light in the central channel momentarily and then block the right nostril and release the air up and out through the left nostril. For the last 3, do not block any nostrils; just take in long slow breathes through both and release through both visualizing white light filling you up and black smoke leaving you.
It also implies that when you reverse to left in right out stage in second half of practise, you exhale black air out as well?
The 9 round Pranayama is 3 breaths in from right side and out from left, 3 breaths in from left and out from right, 3 breathes naturally in and out.

The practice of metta meditation or loving kindness meditation is deeply rooted in the Buddhist philosophy.
Certain meditation techniques—the Third Eye meditation, for instance—involve quite forcefully focussing your mind. Perhaps the most important factor to understand regarding meditation and headaches is the serious transformation that takes place in your brain.
Learning meditation for insomnia is one of the best ways how to get rid of insomnia naturally. In a recent study conducted by the Associated Professional Sleep Societies, people with primary insomnia who shown to sleep better following meditation practice.
Primary Insomnia is a condition in which an individual struggles to get to sleep or stay asleep consistently for a period of at least one month (this is as defined by the U.S National Institute of Health). In the study, a group of eleven people aged 25 to 40 were divided in two, with one half practicing Kriya Yoga and the other half not meditating at all.
Two months later the group who had meditated were shown to be having quality sleep while the other group still suffered from insomnia. This being the case, you might think it’s now easy to find a qualified spiritual teacher here in the United States. And when a qualified teacher does appear, it seems he or she is almost inevitably swarmed with hundreds, if not thousands, of adoring fans.
Yet real masters — people who have devoted at least three years or more to solitary meditation practice — remain rare and elusive. Since then, Lama Gursam has quietly returned each year to guide interested students through traditional Tibetan meditation practices. Students’ questions range from detailed inquiries into the nature of mind to requests for clarification regarding Buddhist terminology. Each spring, Lama Gursam also leads trips to the holy places of Nepal and India, on which participants have the opportunity to meditate in traditional monasteries, walk around sacred stupas, and immerse themselves in the cultures that spawned these techniques for calming the mind and opening the heart. The oft ignored routine of inhaling and exhaling categorized as breathing adds huge benefits with sheer mindfulness of these acts. As a result benefits of improved concentration, reduced stress and depression, relieved hyper tension and strengthened nervous and respiratory system are aplenty.
The ancient scriptures describe over 50 different Pranayama breathing exercises with eight being most common and significant ones. The Mahayana Buddhism propagates that once your mind is calm and focused, you can fully connect with the enlightened nature and free yourself of all mental and emotional dysfunctions. Tibetans believe breath and mind are closely linked and one can self-moderate one’s mental and emotional state by controlled breathing. Just like you are floating on the breath, staying with it the entire way, so as your breath and your attention become one.
All the while imagining black smoke representing all negativity, illness and blockages releasing out through the left nostril.

Every time you breathe in, visualize a white light flowing into you and every time you breathe out, imagine black smoke taking all your negativity out. Meditation increases electrical activity in the brain and this can cause pain and discomfort for beginners. This can make it difficult to ask questions and receive responses directly, as was the traditional manner of transmitting these teachings.
Possibly because he hails from a tradition that places high value on humility in the face of great accomplishment. Complete schedules are available in downtown Davis at Himalayan Gifts, 713 Second St., and Yeti Restaurant, 234 E St. Last year’s visit included an exchange between a UC Davis undergraduate new to Buddhism and Lama Gursam. Pranayama is regulated breathing which involves slow prolonged inhalations, retentions and exhalations with consciousness.
These different types of Pranayamas depict varied techniques of regulated breathing with defined controls to gain diverse benefits at stipulated times. Sit very straight as subtle energy channels running on either side of spine are necessary features of this practice.
Right in fills the right hollow side and left in the left hollow side and the natural the central tube you imagined. If we are not used to focussing our minds, the strain of doing so can cause discomfort and strain, leading to headaches.
It can be quite jarring to go from a regular state to a meditative state and then back again. A focused effort to observe and practice these breathing techniques offers physical, mental, and spiritual benefits.
You are consciously attempting to change your mental state, but your ego does not desire change, it desires to keep things as they are.
Remember the two tubes going down either side of the central channel get merged at just below the navel. To avoid this, practice gentle meditations, and always finish a meditation by sitting and relaxing (outside of meditation) for a few minutes.
You breathe the white light in through right and when it goes down, before you send it out as black smoke from the left side, hold it in the central channel and allow it to release as black smoke with all your negativity flowing out.

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