Yoga Breathing Exercises - Pranayama Yoga breathing exercises, which are called pranayama in Sanskrit, may be done in association with yoga poses or just while sitting quietly. Here are some of the most common types of yoga breathing exercises and their benefits. Introduction to Pranayama Breathing ExercisesExplanation of pranayama and instruction for calming and invigorating breathing exercises. The Big Book of Yoga: The Yoga Family Treehouse (page 1 of 4) Yoga has been around for a long, long time. The earliest reliable evidence we have of Yoga being practiced in ancient India is a carving from the early Indus Valley settlement, Mohenjo-Daro, possibly dating back to 3300 BCE1. By way of comparison, Lao Tze, Socrates, and Buddha wouldn't be born until almost 3,000 years later. So in order to provide a truly comprehensive history of Yoga would entail the work of a lifetime (or lifetimes!). What follows instead is a brief timeline and "genealogy" of the major influences in Yoga going as far back as we have reliable documentation, which is a bit more than 2,000 years or so. (Much beyond that and we have to rely mostly on speculation based on archaeological evidence.)
Yoga Style Guide There are many different types of yoga being taught and practiced today and it can be tough for a beginners to figure out the differences. Although almost all of these styles are based on the same physical postures (called poses), each has a particular emphasis. This quick guide to the most popular types of yoga will help you figure out which class is right for you. Hatha is a very general term that can encompass many of the physical kinds of yoga. 12 Yoga Moves to Overcome Anxiety The lazy days of summer are drawing to a close, and as things start amping back up at work and school, it’s easy to get a little bit overwhelmed and very stressed out. No matter what your source of anxiety, these yoga moves will help you relax, refocus, and release some of that pent up tension. 1. Controlled Breathing
Alan Watts talks about the art of meditation and why it is important to practice it, especially in the civilized world. 8 Simple Yoga Poses You Should Do Every Day It's not always easy to get to yoga class. Whether it's a late night at work or something else, we get it; sometimes that hour of downward dogging just doesn't happen. There's no reason not to strike a few poses throughout the day, though. Yoga Twists for Energy The Practice: This standing twist sequence will open your upper back, leaving you refreshed and energized. Do the sequence on its own or use it to prepare for a longer backbending practice. Mind-Body Benefits: Spending hours at a time sitting at a desk can take a toll on your posture: Your shoulders slump, your head tips forward, and your circulation stagnates. This sequence counteracts hunched posture and gets the blood flowing. This practice includes challenging poses, so work steadily at your own pace. When you finish, you should feel stronger, more open, and more empowered.
Yoga and Chakras The chakras are seven energy centers in the body, that are powered by the life force called prana. In most people, these chakras are blocked. Kundalini yoga helps us unblock these chakras to enable energy to rise up our spine, uplifting and invigorating our body and mind. Read on to learn the connection between yoga and chakras in this article. Kundalini Yoga and Chakras For each chakra, there is a specific Kundalini yoga pose that can help clear the chakra and open the flow of life force. 10 Yoga Poses That Fend Off Stress During the Holidays Stress and fatigue are often unwelcome guests during the holiday season. Stress might join you while cooking a holiday meal, decorating your house in preparation for a party, or shopping at a crowded mall. It can manifest as aches and pains, prevent you from sleeping through the night, and dampen your spirits during the holidays You can beat back stress, and the inevitable fatigue it causes on your body.
Neuroscience and the True Purpose of Yoga For some time, whenever I went to a yoga class, I’d get that feeling you get when you come in part way through a television series. I got the gist of the story and was able to go along with with what was happening but it wasn’t until yoga teacher and human movement specialist Simon Thakur explained some details around what I’m choosing to see as ‘the beginning’ of the story that things really started to make sense. The Foundations Of Yoga The foundation stone I discovered I had been missing was the purpose behind all of the postures. Yoga Expert Reveals Life-Changing Health Benefits of Deep Breathing, Including Improved Focus, Peaceful Sleep and Tension Relief By Isabelle Z, Natural News (NaturalNews) As we turn to any number of external sources to deal with what ails us both physically and mentally, it is easy to overlook some of the simpler solutions that are literally right under our noses. One powerful method of healing is something we do all the time, without giving it a second thought. In fact, you are certainly doing it right now: breathing. As we inhale and exhale, we don’t usually think too much about the process unless something is going wrong. If you happen to have asthma or a stuffy nose, for example, the awareness of your breathing might be heightened, but for the most part, we all just go about our days taking each breath for granted.
How to Release the Stress stored in our Bodies Do you spend much time sitting in front of a computer, on a plane, in a car? If so your hips may be locked up which effects your ability to dance, but worse than that it may be causing you undue stress and fear. The Psoas Muscle, is a long muscle located on the side of the lumbar region of the vertebral column and brim of the pelvis, that is also known as the “muscle of the soul”. It is one of the largest muscles in the body and it is a place where we often store stress or trauma that can literally influence our mood and our outlook on life.
Restorative Yoga Poses for Adrenal Fatigue + Chronic Stress What poses would you recommend to treat adrenal exhaustion? —Loretta Stevens Roger Cole’s reply: By “adrenal exhaustion” I presume you mean the fatigue that comes from being under chronic stress without sufficient recovery. 5 Tips for Attending a Yoga or Fitness Class With PTSD I recently wrote a piece about my experience in a yoga training where my Post Traumatic Stress Disorder was triggered. Along with the incredible support and feedback from the community, I was honored by many people sharing their own stories of anxiety and PTSD, and asking where and how they could find yoga classes that were safe for them. I answered as many as I could (and please feel welcome to reach out to me and I’ll connect you to my network), but I want to address how to find safe classes and create secure environments so that we can feel confident going into new yoga or fitness related situations.