The following Pranayama techniques should be done in a comfortable seated position with an erect spine.
Visualize the body being divided into two halves (right and left), as you inhale imagine you are drawing prana up one side and as you exhale imagine you are letting prana flow downward, loosening and taking out toxins.
Dirghe can help center the class at the beginning (maybe use a short sequence, then do Asanas, then add in more Pranayama if appropriate). Recognize what is out of balance in someone, then choose something that will help balance that. Learning to be with yourself in a deep and satisfying way is the springboard for sharing that depth with others. Registered Yoga TeacherTish Ganey is a Yoga Alliance 500 RYT Certified Kripalu Yoga Teacher and owner of Take Me To The River Yoga Studio. Member of KYAAThe Kripalu Yoga and Ayurveda Association (KYAA) is an organization for yoga teachers and Ayurvedic health counselors to share the knowledge and benefits of yoga and Ayurveda. International Association of Yoga Therapists Tish Ganey is an IAYT member doing BIG DATA YOGA research incorporating "smart" wearable technology to track biometrics from individual yoga practitioners as a means to examine quantifiable data.
Patanjali defines yoga as a€?chitta vritti nirodhaa€?, which is translated as a€?stilling the natural turbulences of our thoughtsa€?. The internal yogic locks (bandhas) have some structural functions, but primarily they are energetic in nature, and on a very tangible level they regulate the flow of blood through the body. 3.You can also use compressive bandhas of the abdomen (ha-mula bandha) and chest (ha-uddiyana bandha) and head but for these its important you hold the head down.
Exhalation retention bandhas are much safer to learn and practice in the beginning (at least in the simplest form shown below) as they are less likely to cause the problems of hyperventilation or radical blood pressure changes. 2. Exhale fully and hold the breath out (bahya kumbhaka), relax the abdomen and expand the chest, as if you are trying to breathe into the chest, but not actually take in any air (tha-uddiyana bandha).
3. Exhale fully and hold the breath out (bahya kumbhaka), relax the abdomen, expand the chest (tha-uddiyana bandha), then contract the abdomen by drawing the navel towards the spine like trying to exhale to the abdomen (ha-mula bandha). In this next video I am demonstrating a type of shakti chalani mudra while sitting in a cold river.
For people who are newer to breath-control (pranayama) it is a good idea to practice each of the techniques described here separately. The inhalation is through the rolled tongue (sitali) which cools the body (the water in this river is actually quite cold but tremendous heat can be generated with this pranayama so a cooling breath is warranted). The head is then brought downwards and the chin is brought into the throat (ha-jalandhara bandha). While holding the breath in I am moving my arms and trunk in specific ways to stimulate various subtle channels (nadis) and acupuncture meridians. After holding the breath in for some time the tongue is released from the back of the throat and a swallowing action is made that inhibits the urge to breathe. Once the breath has been out, a type of Mueller manoeuvre is applied that allows chest to be expanded (tha-uddiyana bandha) like inhaling to the chest. After holding the breath out for some time the chest is brought downwards (compressed), the tongue released from the back of the upper teeth and a swallowing gesture is made. Each cycle of this pranayama (which is generally about 2 minutes long ideally) leads to rapid buildup of carbon dioxide which causes an increase in blood flow to the brain and heart (via vasodilation) and cells (via the Bohr effect), calmness to the nervous system, deep clarity to the mind and a very reduced need for food. This video was filmed by Zac Human in the river near Ubud, Bali while i was teaching at Daniel Aarons Radiantly Alive Teacher Training course in 2008. This is a good book that takes a slow approach to learning pranayama and integrating it with an asana practice. In general, I am an advocate of a slow and gentle approach to any type of yoga practice, but particularly breathing techniques. I need clarification how to change breath from left nostril to right nostril (ie; Chandrakalai to suryakalai). This is a very interesting blog that reveals some secrets on how to practice Pranayama, the secret science of controlling prana in order to succeed in hatha yoga. Vinita Gogia, meditation therapist, according to Ujjayi Pranayama is known to work wonders for people suffering from thyroid problems. Though all possible measures have been taken to ensure accuracy, reliability, timeliness and authenticity of the information; Onlymyhealth assumes no liability for the same. In our Awakening Your True Self Series we are exploring the Six Paramitas or Six Perfections.
Two weeks ago in Namaste Yoga 326 we practiced with the physical and emotional pain we experience by creating space in our bodies through breath and yoga postures. Through our yoga practice we can become more familiar with our fear loss, failure and impermanence.
Through that practice we are taking the fruits of our yoga practice and offering them out into the world. Thank you for your donations: Peggy, Hilary, Rowena, Diane, and Maria who left a lovely message. Thank you so much for your lovely yoga videos on YouTube - you can't imagine how much you are helping people. If you would like more support in developing comfort with the cycles of birth, life, death and rebirth then I would highly recommend our “In Loving Memory” Bereavement series in our membership community to support you through any number of losses in your life. Patience Part 3 In our Awakening Your True Self Series we are exploring the Six Paramitas or Six Perfections. I recently asked my yoga students on Facebook and in our membership community, what yoga pose do you avoid the most. At Namaste Yoga, we are all about real yoga for real people, so I would ask, are there better, less injurious and safer ways you could receive those benefits?
I can think of one pose that would tone your abdominals, strengthen your arms, back, and wrists and build endurance and focus much more safely than crow. And functionally, surely Goddess Victory Squat is functionally much better for stretching and strengthening your inner thighs and you can even add some balance challenges. And if you still want to try crow pose, here is a class that takes you step by step, with lots of modifications, safely through the posture with lots of propping in our membership community.
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Last week in Namaste Yoga 326 we practiced with the physical and emotional pain we experience by creating space in our bodies through breath and yoga postures.


If human beings were completely loving, compassionate and forgiving then there would be no conflict in human relationships. Our relationships can become the object of our yoga practice, just like a yoga posture or breath practice. Breath again is another vehicle through which we can create space when we notice that tightening in our bodies in response to the suffering that we experience in relationships. Thank you for your donations: Peter, Donna, Leah, Eva, and Peggy Thank you for your continued kindness and generous support.
Today’s question to answer in the comments is: How are you bringing patience to your relationships?
If you would like more support in developing patience to your relationships then I would highly recommend loving kindness meditation practice. Patience Part 2 In our Awakening Your True Self Series we are exploring the Six Paramitas or Six Perfections. Their goal is to educate and equip everyone with the ability to overcome any age or physical and mental limitations (real and perceived) and to bolster hope and vision of who we were meant to be and who we can still become. In our interview we talk about how Original Strength came into being and how movement helps your brain.
Tim tells some moving stories about how original Strength has helped some of his clients, especially Gertrude stands out, a 72 year old woman who couldn?t walk without the assistance of her walker and her husband. Today?s question to answer in the comments: How are you going to incorporate one of the five movements that Tim described today into your life? Guest Interview with Tim Anderson Today My guest is Tim Anderson, the co-founder of Original Strength. With personal pain, there is a completely natural knee jerk reaction to say anything but this when we experience pain - whether it be physical or emotional. With ksanti paramita we are turning towards the discomfort and breathing with more strength. I think I am going to have to save pain caused by relationships with others and the painful truth about our lives for the next two subsequent Namaste Yogas. With personal pain, there is a completely natural knee jerk reaction to say anything but this when we experience pain – whether it be physical or emotional. Today’s question to answer in the comments is: What is something you have brought patience to in your life? If you would like more support in developing patience in your life then I would highly recommend a seated meditation practice. It is best done in the morning on an empty stomach and in a quiet location with fresh air and good ventilation. During this workshop or when practicing Pranayama on your own, if you experience any negative or physical or emotional effects (pain, anxiety, agitation, etc.), discontinue practice immediately and consult with me, another qualified yoga teacher or a physician.
This is just as effective as alternate nostril because “where the mind’s attention goes, the prana flows.” Follow the breath with the mind’s focus.
As a teacher, build up skillfulness with a specific Pranayama, study it thoroughly, and find out what works best for you.
You may have to start with energies that attract them and then slowly (slowly and slowly!) introduce opposites and skillfully guide to harmony.
She completed RYT 200 (Registered Yoga Teacher) training at the Lotus Pond Center for Yoga and Health in Tampa, FL and RYT 300 from Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Stockbridge, MA.
The focus is to track specific yoga styles, poses, duration and sustained postures to better understand the reality of yoga and autonomic balance. Anatomically a bandha is the co-activation (simultaneous tensing) or opposing muscles around a joint complex. This can bring a lot of pressure onto your spine (which can be good or bad depending on how you do it) and a lot of pressure could come to the head especially if you do not have the head down and the neck back (ha-jalandhara bandha.
Make a continuous smooth sequence out of #6 and roll the abdomen from side to side (lauliki). This is a quite advanced mudra that incorporates several types of pranayamas, bandhas, kriyas and mudras while holding the breath in and out. Each of the individual elements of this mudra have tremendous benefits when practiced alone. The diaphragmatic inhalation first expands the perineum, then lower back, then the abdomen (the diaphragm stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system and the relaxation response). The breath is held in and then compressed with the muscles that normally use to exhale from the chest and from the abdomen.
The changes in physical pressure increase the flow of oxygen (prana) to all the cells in the body but particularly into the spine with is kept lengthened throughout. The abdominal muscles are then progressively activated then relaxed in a way that gives an observer the impression the abdominal muscles are rolling from left to right.
This gives tremendous benefits to your circulation, your energy levels and your internal health in general. The rediscovery of the ancient yogic art is a long process and we are all working towards it. If you have or suspect having any medical condition, kindly contact your professional health care provider. We will all experience the suffering of illness, financial hardship, difficulties in relationships, addiction, and emotional despair. Last week, with Namaste Yoga 327 explored the pain of human relationships and our interactions of others. We’re all going to lose everything that we love and everything that we’ve worked so hard to build. We have taken the spiritual goodness we have generated through our yoga practice and given it to those in need. Thank you for the healing and the inspiration. Thank you for your continued kindness and generous support. If you would like an infographic of 4 easy and practical ways to incorporate compassion into your life than go to and put your email address into the box below and we will send you 4 easy and practical ways you can incorporate compassion rituals into your life. In truth we all come into relationships with some level of ignorance, greed, fear and desire that leads to poor behaviour and pain in relationships. If you would like an infographic of 4 easy and practical ways to incorporate compassion into your life then put your email address into the box below and we will send you 4 easy and practical ways you can incorporate compassion rituals into your life. The philosophy is that through Original Strength, you can remember and regain the strength, mobility, and stability you once had as a child. Through yoga, meditation and breath practice we can create an inner space large enough to hold all of our feelings that come up in life - the big ones and the small annoyances.


Through yoga, meditation and breath practice we can create an inner space large enough to hold all of our feelings that come up in life – the big ones and the small annoyances. This type of breath retention with compressive bandhas is very powerful but it makes the duration of the breath retention much shorter and until you can hold the breath at least 3 minutes, so  i don’t generally teach or recommend it to people. Each of these uses ha-jalandhara bandha (head down and neck back), tha-uddiyana bandha (expansion of the chest) and either ha-mula bandha (abdominal compression using the muscles of forced abdominal exhalation) or tha-mula bandha (using the diaphragm and often the rectus abdomens) on exhalation retention. If done correctly by an experienced practitioner it is very effective in enhancing internal energy and health. Then with the diaphragm still active and the air held in the lower trunk the inhalation continues using the breathing muscles of chest into the upper back (which is kept lengthened throughout the pranayama to stimulate the sympathetic nervous system). The throat is then moved forward and chin moved upward (tha-jalandhara bandha) to create a negative pressure that brings energy up the spine and blood to the brain.
In other words the chest and abdomen are compressed with a type of Valsalva manoeuvre (ha-uddiyana bandha and ha-mula bandha) that increases intra-abdominal and intra-thoracic pressure to give a type of hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
The right hand is used to block the left nostril and the air is released through the right nostril. I must say this was one of the most nourishing yoga practices I ever done in my life probably because of where I was. There is even the everyday suffering of small annoyances from frustrations, to setbacks and situational depression.
The flexion required in the neck so that you can focus to balance pretty much is a migraine trigger for me.
With mindful awareness we can learn to see that it is lack of clear thinking, rather than the person themselves that is at fault and have compassion and forgiveness.
This is a tremendous opportunity for practice in off my yoga mat and in my life.” We can practice loving kindness first for ourselves and for our own distressed and tender heart. Today we are practicing nadi shodhana or alternate nostril breathing because it is to me the breath of relationships and an incredibly purifying and balancing breath.
We cover topics such as literacy and movement, sedentary lifestyles and our brains, aging, movement and our mental well-being, how to incorporate the movements recommended from Original Strength without injury and with modifications, what are the most important movements to do in a day, how to incorporate those movements into our day, why rocking is important to our emotional well-being, how to improve your balance, ADHD, learning disabilities, movement in the education system, and movement for Multiple Sclerosis for strength, coordination and balance. As spiritual aspirants, when difficulty arises we know that as painful as they are, they offer us an opportunity to increase our strength and resilience.
Often the adjusting can be in the form of self soothing with food, alcohol, drugs, social media, television, but some way of disconnecting from the pain of the situation.
This does not mean to stay in a yoga pose or meditation position if it is injurious, that would go against the first rule of ahimsa or non-harming. A ha-bandha is a compressive bandha that tends to push blood away from that region or prevent blood flow through that region. Much more difficult and potentially very dangerous with breath retention is to bring the throat forward and lift the head up (tha-jalandhara bandha), but you have to be careful if you lift the head like this so as not to allow pressure to come to the head.
If done incorrectly this practice could be lucky and just get a headache but if you are not so lucky you might get a stroke and die!. If done incorrectly it can causes minor problems such as headaches, but if done badly by an unprepared person it can cause stroke or death.
The breath then continues into the chest while keeping the breath in the abdomen as well (it is generally very hard for most people to inhale into the chest with the abdomen relaxed and expanded due to the diaphragm being still active, hence the complete yogic inhalation done in the proper way is very challenging). At this point the tongue is stretched towards the chin, which stretches the front of the tongue. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a means of increasing the partial pressure of oxygen to bring it deeper into the body tissues.
The exhalation is initially passive from the chest and when the passive exhale is complete, the rest of the air is expelled by actively drawing in the perineum and then bringing then navel to the spine without making the abdomen hard. Today we are reflecting on the third paramita or third perfection which is ksanti paramita or forbearance, tolerance and patience. With ksanti paramita, we have the option to meet our resistance, our “I can’t believe this is happening to me,” with patience, tolerance and forbearance.
The pushan mudra, is another powerful vehicle through which to explore taking in the richness of life as well as letting go without attachment. Then we can practice loving kindness loving kindness for the person bothering that is bothering us, knowing that they too are suffering to not be able to meet another human being with love, compassion and respect.
Nadi means channel or flow and shodhana means purification and so I feel it is a wonderful breath to clear and purify the subtle energy channels of our body, while balancing our left and right or masculine and feminine aspects that may easily get out of balance when we experience pain in relationships.
But it does ask of us to stay with uncomfortable feelings and emotions and to breathe into the discomforts that come up all the time.
Pranayama practice is the most direct route to controlling our emotions and the start of controlling our mind. So at least in the beginning it is so safer not to do pranayama with the bandhas like this.
Therefore it should not be attempted until each element of the mudra is mastered individually and there is the guidance of an experienced teacher. Then the tongue is curled backwards towards the throat and gently sucked backwards into the throat (talabulam mudra), which stretches the back of the tongue.
This type of therapy which is done medically in a hyperbaric chamber has been shown to increase cellular oxygen and promote healing. One the air is fully expelled the breath is retained out and the abdomen is relaxed so that the navel moves away from the spine.
Instead of refusing to accept and blaming anything, anyone even ourselves and becoming bitter we can ask for patience. That may mean that you are asked to stay in a standing yoga posture a little longer than you are comfortable and you can feel your leg muscles trembling.
Breath awareness and breath practice will guide us to the proper way to dial into whatever energy level is required for our daily activities. This includes building up energy as well as calming the unpleasant energies of stress, anxiety and fear.
In the beginning, you can do ujjayi pranayama for 3 minutes or as much as you can without losing the calmness of your body and letting the sound be smooth. Notice when you avoid and adjust to disconnect from discomfort, because when you can get beyond this and bring and inner spaciousness, you will experience a deep inner wisdom as a human being. Therefore stretching the tongue has a powerful effect on the internal organs as well as the musculoskeletal system.



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