Category Archives: Breathing/Pranayama

Hasta prana mudras: breathe fully, hone energy

When I first came across mudras I immediately noticed a subtle and deep shift in my experience and practice. They are one of the practices that make you realise that there is something very special about yoga. Yoga is a mystical tradition after all. (Traditionally mudras were considered so powerful that they were to be kept secret…
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Alternate nostril breathing: balance, clarity and the energy body

If you have limited time for pranayama - yoga's breathing techniques - nadi shodhana or alternate nostril breathing is the most important one. It's also a gem of a practice that brings glimpses of serenity to everyday life. Apart from feeling instantly calming and centring, its benefits include: - Reducing stress and anxiety - Calming…
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Humming bee breath: boost your focus and contentment

'The great yogis, by constantly practising this, experience indescribable happiness in their hearts. This is bhramari' Hatha Yoga Pradipika Who wouldn't be drawn to something that holds such promise? Or that has such an intriguing name - the humming bee breath. In everyday life bhramari is great for boosting concentration during the working day, and for turning inwards in order…
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Sitali: the cooling breath

Known as 'the cooling breath' sitali pranayama is the ideal practice in the heat of the summer. Within a few easy, soothing breaths it restores our body temperature to a comfortable level. By association it also calms the emotions. I first learned sitali on a summer retreat, when after a lot of asana (posture) practice it was the…
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