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A BIT OF INSIGHT ON RELAXING THE BODY THROUGH THE BREATH

Posted by on May 22, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

A BIT OF INSIGHT ON RELAXING THE BODY THROUGH THE BREATH

RELAXING THE BODY WITH THE BREATH PLUS PRACTICAL APPLICATION If you have practiced Yoga for a while then you have some direct experience of relaxation through the breath.  In this fast paced world, being able to relax is not just convenient but necessary for quality survival.  For me, exploration into the mechanics of body and breath is great fun and sharing insights is icing on the cake! If you are currently in one of my classes, we will explore this particular mechanism of relaxation together.  You can also try this exercise on your own at home with a little bit of information for...

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INTRINSIC EQUILIBRIUM AND THE ‘UJJAYI’ BREATH OF YOGA

Posted by on Apr 28, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

INTRINSIC EQUILIBRIUM AND THE ‘UJJAYI’ BREATH OF YOGA

INTRINSIC EQUILIBRIUM AND THE ‘UJJAYI’ BREATH OF YOGA Did you know that the yogic breathing technique known as ‘Ujjayi’ or Victorious Breath supports our movements during yoga practice by empowering our Intrinsic Equilibrium? When practicing Ujjayi, we are basically streamlining the flow of air through the glottis (the space between the vocal chords). This enables our body to move as one unit by connecting us with our core/respiratory muscles. Intrinsic Equilibrium means the body naturally seeks balance utilizing elastic forces, pressure zones and dynamics built...

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Ischemia And How It May Relate To Our Physical Pain

Posted by on Mar 28, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Ischemia And How It May Relate To Our Physical Pain

Have you ever been running, hiking, skiing, biking, or some other form of physical activity and suddenly felt a stabbing pain in your side?  It might have felt like an ice pick was being jabbed into your body even though you knew that no such trauma had occurred. The cause of this phenomenon is Ischemia. Ischemia means that certain muscles are not receiving enough oxygen.  The pain is a signal that we need to stop whatever we are doing and breathe.  It is now being recognized in the medical world that emotional stress can cause Ischemia. If it is suppressed emotion then chronic pain...

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HOW YOGA POSTURES AND BREATHING EXERCISES PREPARE US FOR MEDITATION

Posted by on Jan 29, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

HOW YOGA POSTURES AND BREATHING EXERCISES PREPARE US FOR MEDITATION

HOW YOGA POSTURES AND BREATHING EXERCISES PREPARE US FOR MEDITATION To find an answer to this question let’s first review some basic yogic terms… Asana: A steady and comfortable posture Pranayama: Breathing Exercises designed to un-obstruct the breath Sthira: Stability Sukha: Comfortable, Permeable, Good Space Dharana: Concentration Dhyana: Meditation When we consider these words and their definitions in the context of a physical yoga practice, we understand that they are mutually supportive. Meditation (Dhyana) requires mental stillness (Dharana)....

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THREE YOGA TECHNIQUES FOR RELIEVING STRESS

Posted by on Oct 29, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

THREE YOGA TECHNIQUES FOR RELIEVING STRESS

Three Yoga Techniques For Relieving Stress The science and practice of Yoga has helped me know myself and become my own best friend. It has taught me that there is always a way, a space between anger and passivity. The long term practice of postures, breathing exercises, and meditation requires us to face ourselves. This one act, on a daily basis builds patience and perseverance. It allows us access to our inner strength. It gives us tools for dealing challenges. Trying to fight stress is futile and we certainly don’t want to manage stress as that is a form of acceptance. Instead we...

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HUMMING OUR WAY TO BETTER HEALTH

Posted by on Oct 10, 2015 in Blog | 2 comments

HUMMING OUR WAY TO BETTER HEALTH

Humming Our Way To Better Health The Yogic Breathing Exercise of humming is called ‘Brahmari’ or Bee Breath.  As implied the sound is like that of a bee and it creates a healing vibration in the body. This brilliant breath exercise benefits the body by increasing Nitric Oxide. Humming also calms the mind due to the mind/body connection cultivated by sound vibration. “With regular practice of this pranayama (Bhramari) bliss arises in the yogi’s heart”. (Hatha Yoga Pradipika) Physiological Benefits: ” Nitric oxide plays an important role in...

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