Six Different Views on Breathing in Yoga

According to yoga philosophy, postures are merely preludes to deeper states of meditation that lead us toward enlightenment…How? Breathe like a yogi.   http://www.yogajournal.com/article/practice-section/prescriptions-for-pranayama/ – Claudia Cummins The elegant shapes and impressive contortions of the asanas may be the most eye-catching element of hatha yoga, but yoga masters will tell you they’re hardly the point of…

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Breathing for Life: The Mind-Body Healing Benefits of Pranayama

“For breath is life, and if you breathe well you will live long on earth.” ~Sanskrit proverb   http://www.chopra.com/articles/breathing-for-life-the-mind-body-healing-benefits-of-pranayama – By Sheila Patel, M.D.  “For breath is life, and if you breathe well you will live long on earth.” ~Sanskrit proverb Breath is essential to life. It is the first thing we do when we are born…

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Mudras De-Mystified

Mudras are often part of a yoga class, but how much do you really know about them? Especially if you are new to yoga, it can all get confusing. Which one should we use and when? And what is the difference, anyway?   What is a Mudra? Mudra means “seal” or “closure” in Sanskrit. It…

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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. http://www.yogajournal.com/article/yoga-101/science-breathing/ 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. http://www.yogajournal.com/article/yoga-101/importance-breath-yoga/ by Jessica Levine If you bypass breathwork on your yoga mat, you’re not alone. “Pranayama has really been…

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Beginners guide to Pranayama

Some yoga gurus rank pranayama over asana as the most important part of the practice. If you’re new to it, you may be wondering what exactly it is and how to get started. By Tony Briggs – http://www.yogajournal.com/article/practice-section/breathing-lessons-2/ Definition of Pranayama Prana means life force or breath sustaining the body; Ayama translates as “to extend or…

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Get to know the 8 limbs of Yoga

As described in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, these eight steps act as guidelines on how to live a meaningful and purposeful life. BY Mara Carrico – http://www.yogajournal.com/article/beginners/the-eight-limbs/ In Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra, the eightfold path is called ashtanga, which literally means “eight limbs” (ashta=eight, anga=limb). These eight steps basically act as guidelines on how to live a meaningful…

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