AShaMa meditations draw from the same esoteric wisdom sources as all traditional Jewish meditation.
However, AShaMa uses breathing techniques, letters-vowels combinations, and head movements to reconnect specific body regions and soul faculties with their Source
In Hebrew, the word for breath—neshimah, and soul—neshamah, are closely related. Your breath can become a means to connect with the Divine and the root of your soul (see the passage from the Baal Shem Tov below).
The 13 Breaths of Unity in this video introduces you to the basic breathing pattern used by most AShaMa meditations and provides insight into this means of Divine connection.
The meditation only takes 2 minutes—making it great for anywhere/anytime de-stressing and reconnecting.
All AShaMa meditations use the following breathing pattern:
[Note: AShaMa meditations always begin on the Inhale—immediately after the 10 second graphic intro.]
Here is the passage from the Baal Shem Tov that is the source of this meditation.
The word for breath in Hebrew is "neshimah," closely related to the word signifying the soul, "neshamah." Thus the breath can become a vehicle for a person to reveal the root of his soul.
As one breathes he should cleave to the Supernal Breath that clings to him too and enters him constantly. As our Sages said on the verse "Every soul utters G-d's praises" (Psalms 150): "With every breath which a person breathes."
As one exhales and the breathe goes out, it returns to its source Above, and then another breath is breathed into one from Above. If a person contemplates the fact that he or she is not breathing at all; rather the Holy One blessed be He is breathing in and out of him or her, it will surely be easy for one to attach the part of G-d within them to its root...
(Baal Shem Tov al HaTorah, Noach, Amud HaTefilah 27.