Category Archives: Breathing/Pranayama

Pranayama – making light of mule work

'Pranayama is mule work,'  joked (or half-joked) Richard Rosen during a pranayama workshop he led in London. This is how one of his teachers had once described the breathing practices of yoga. Many yogis give up pranayama easily because it is a practice that doesn't initially give as much return as, say, asana (posture practice).…
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3 simple yoga breathing practices for calm

Whether life is fabulous, frenetic or fraught we can only benefit from a simple, calming breathing technique. In everyday life this fulfils a re-set function, maintaining or bringing us gently back to homeostasis or balance. If we’re feeling a little stressed, anxious or frustrated, our breathing can become shallow, short and irregular. We’d like it…
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Expand prana with viloma breathing (pranayama)

Viloma pranayama expands our prana - our life force, cosmic energy or breath - and therefore our total wellbeing. Viloma brings a feeling of ease and calm vitality to the body-mind and emotions. As it's learned in stages, it's also safely accessible to all, and a great technique to enhance your experience of breathing practices.…
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Restorative yoga to breathe away stress

Stress touches all of us at some point. Chronic stress contributes or leads to a number of conditions such as insomnia, anxiety and digestive disorders. Restorative yoga helps us to manage stress in a gentle and profound way. Here is a short, simple restorative yoga practice that leads us towards diaphragmatic or deep, belly breathing.…
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