Category Archives: Breathing/Pranayama

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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Stress-related asthma: how yogic breathing can help

World Asthma Day raises awareness of this common condition each year. Did you know that stress and anxiety can be triggers for asthma? In this guest article I highlight the link between stress and asthma and give simple instructions for how yogic breathing can help. This is a technique that is often recommended (also by physios and medical…
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