Posts Tagged ‘breathing’

Yoga Students – Age

Sunday, October 17th, 2010

Children as young as age 3 derive benefit from attending classes of limited numbers,  preferably of the same age,  or together with a sibling of near age.

Teachers are specially trained in the adaptation of yoga for infants and usually have developed their own style of teaching that is safe, appropriate for the different age group up to teens.

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Yoga – Bandhas and Mudras

Sunday, September 13th, 2009

A bandha is a technique used in Hatha Yoga and associated with the practice of exercises and asanas. Each is a muscular lock and can be practised separately or in combination with various asana as guided by your teacher.

There are three main bandhas plus the Mahabandha which is a combination of them. The technique is to use muscular contractions or locks designed to seal off certain energy flows and to stimulate others. They are fundamentally helpful in reducing tension and stress, muscular strain, functional problems and nervous irregularities. They importantly also assist in balancing the glandular system.

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Yoga Chikitsa

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

Although yogic practices of Hatha Yoga are principally used as a method of preventing disease, they extend into the area of self-help therapy or Yoga Chikitsa.  Most of the healing disciplines originate in the ancient Ayurvedic system share many similar practices being incorporated in western naturopathic medicine today.

The philosophy behind the science is a respect for all life. It concedes that the tiniest expression of natural life has its design and purpose within life’s evolution, even the smallest atom, or ion. Within its basic philosophy and in common with the Chinese system of medicine

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Breath – Spirit Of Life

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

Everything that is alive draws in life energy and expresses it in a process corresponding to respiration. 

Our life begins at our birth with an inhalation and our life will end with our last exhalation.  From cradle to the grave our breathing function does not let us down except in times of respiratory malfunction or disease.  Throughout the whole period of our life-span the breath will continue without a pause, in its interminable rhythm keeping us supplied with oxygen, giving us life energy whether we are aware of the process.

The majority of these breaths we take unconsciously, with many being taken in the hours of sleep. But we expect that when we go to sleep, the breath will continue, and that when we awaken, the process will have been maintained through our sleep and naturally be resumed.
It is a potent reminder of the absolute faith that we place in nature every time we go to sleep. 

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Pranayama- Elementary Breath Control

Monday, May 25th, 2009

Prana is the name given to the universal life giving and sustaining energy of nature. We are kept refuelled with this vital need every minute of the day and night through the process of respiration.  Most of this process occurs unconsciously. When we learn to direct our awareness to the mechanism of breathing and focus our conscious mind upon respiration so that we can direct our energy it is known as the practice of Pranayama.

The breath is our lifeline whereby our subtle connection is maintained between body and soul. There are many yogic practices that suggest unusual capacities and these can be demonstrated by yogis skilled in the mastery of this discipline.  However, only the simplest exercises that interfere with the natural, unconscious rhythms should be practised without personal instruction.  For example –

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