Following is the full text of yoga teacher Jim Kambeitz’s talk titled “Pranayama: Extend Your Life by Extending Your Breath” at TEDxBismarck conference.
Jim Kambeitz – TEDx Talk TRANSCRIPT
What if I told you doctors have discovered a miraculous medicine that would allow you to catch yourself in times of stress, sadness, anger, anxiety or pain, and within moments, regain control of yourself, bring yourself together, stopping the suffering right in its tracks, all-natural, laboratory-tested and no side effects?
You’d probably say, “Hmm… how much is it?”
Most of you’d probably think, “Hey, sign me up.”
And the more inquisitive might ask: “Can it even help insomnia, digestive problems, arthritis pain, lower my blood pressure?”
You’re probably thinking, “It sounds too good to be true. Let me get this straight. So, it will make every aspect of my life better, and I don’t have to do anything but take this pill?”
Wait just a minute. I didn’t say you didn’t have to do anything. You have to do one thing every day.
“But you said it was just a medicine.”
It is, but it’s not in a pill form. This medicine is yoga, breath control, aka pranayama in Sanskrit.
The gurus believe if there is any physical, mental or spiritual disease that yoga cannot cure, than it cannot be cured. It is that powerful.