All I could think about while creating this second mix was Kapalbhati Pranayama. I wanted to treat you to two hours of music that exactly presented what this idea means to me. Kapalbhati Pranayama is the sanskrit phrase for “Breath of Fire”. In a cross-legged, seated position one tries to create internal heat without actually moving the body. How does one achieve this?
By employing fundamental control of breath and gut. Taking slow, deliberate breaths through your nose, you find a rhythm that matches, in length, each inhalation with its exhalation. As your breath awareness grows, you start to contract stomach muscles on the exhalation, bringing in your belly as much as you can to your spine, as all the air in your body is released. Such movement causes you to involuntarily inhale, that’s something you notice right of the bat.
As you start to speed up this same breath cycle, you discover that the more balanced your rhythm is, the more energized and warm your body begins to feel. This breath work rewards those who build up their practice steady and slowly. Even if you try this just a few seconds a day, a measured, relaxed practice can allow you to build up to much longer durations. It’s a ton of natural energy that can easily be tapped from quiet personal movement.
Hopefully, all the music you hear in this mix taps into a similar kind of quiet, sustained, movement that’s far more energetic than it lets on.
1. Quiet Departures by Eberhard Weber
2. Strahlenspur by Rainer Brüninghaus
3. Rozdział II by Ossian
4. Hmm… Tanz der Körperlinge by Büdi und Gumbls
5. Armónicos Do Vello Estanque by Outeiro
6. Zoo Zulu by Finis Africae
7. El Colegio de Alvarito by Javier Bergia
8. XIII by Andreas Vollenweider
9. Standing There by Steve Hiett
10. Devotion by Between
11. Om Supreme by Alice Coltrane
12. They Danced, They Laughed, as of Old by Popol Vuh
13. Andacht by Popol Vuh
14. Shiva Arati by Sundardas
15. Swaying In The Wind by Anugama & Ariel Kalma
16. Whispers of the East by George Tortorelli