Prana

Prana is the Sanskrit word for "life force". Breathing is life and all too often we take for granted how incredible it is that we can breathe. When you concentrate on your breath and change your breath pattern you can change your reality. I speak of this from experience. Concentrating on your breath brings you fully into the present moment. I have been practicing many different breathing techniques and through this practice I have been experiencing radical shifts. So naturally, I decided to turn my experience into sculpture form. "Sama Vritti" is also referred to as equal breathing. It is a yoga breathing exercise that can help to calm the body and focus the mind. To me, this breath pattern creates a sense of balance, which I constructed in the sculpture.

"Nadi Shodhana" is also referred to as alternate nostril breathing. This is a powerful breathing technique that deeply relaxes the mind and can actually create a better flow between the right and left sides of your brain. The breath creates a delicate flow of energy which I wanted to represent in the sculpture. 

"Breath of Fire" is used in the practice of Kundalini Yoga. It is done by pumping the navel point in and out while breathing rapidly through the nose. The metal holding up the electrical wires in this piece represent the diaphragm, creating a clear passage way with the breath. 

Sat Nam. 

"Sama Vritti" cement, colored pencil, chopsticks, bullet shells, a dried pea smuggled home from Costa Rica

"Sama Vritti" cement, colored pencil, chopsticks, bullet shells, a dried pea smuggled home from Costa Rica

"Nadi Shodhana" cardboard, oil paint, palm leaf

"Nadi Shodhana" cardboard, oil paint, palm leaf

"Breath of Fire" Brick ties, electrical wire, plastic

"Breath of Fire" Brick ties, electrical wire, plastic