Yoga and Running

To me running and yoga are inseparable. Both connected with a common thread. The breath. The first thing I bring to my yoga practice is the breath. Soothing, calming and centering. It prepares and guides me through the sequence. I use it to allow me to tune in to how my body and mind are…

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Begin At The Beginning

There’s so much to learn in this life. How to be, what to be, when to be. It all gets a bit much. Sometimes we start down one path of being and soon discover that it’s the wrong way and we want to try another. But where to begin again? The beginning, of course. Our…

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The Science of Breathing

Western research is now proving what yogis have known all along: Breathwork can deliver powerful mind and body benefits. In this three-part series, learn how and why to take better advantage of it both in practice and in life. by Jessica Levine Your body breathes on autopilot—so why worry about how to inhale and exhale…

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Transform Your Practice With Better Breathing

In part two of this three-part series on The Science of Breathing, learn how to take advantage of the power of the breath on the mat in various types of poses and with five different pranayama techniques. by Jessica Levine If you bypass breathwork on your yoga mat, you’re not alone. “Pranayama has really been…

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The Breath is Boss

The importance of focusing on the breath when practicing Yoga. I’ve been considering that more and more my teaching and practice is dominated by focusing on the breath. I don’t think I can do Yoga without conscious breathing. For me the breath is Yoga and I thought I’d write this article about why it is…

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Pranayama: The Breath of Life – By Swami Satchidananda For breath is the life of beings and so is called “the life of all.” —Taittiriya Upanishad, 11.2 Prana is the vital force that makes up the entire cosmos; it is the Parashakti or cosmic power. When we breathe, in addition to the oxygen, we also take in a lot of…

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Pranayama: The Fourth limb of Patanjali’s Eight Limbs of Yoga

The breath truly is the key in moving distractions from the mind. (Read our introduction to the 8 limbs of yoga here…) What is Pranayama? Pranayama is the fourth limb of the eightfold path of yoga. Prana is the vital life force and energy that runs through our body. This beautiful energy is constantly flowing through…

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