Category Archives: Breathing/Pranayama

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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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. The Hatha Yoga Pradipika (a medieval yoga manual if you like) lists nadi shodhana as a precursor to pranayama practice. It's a gem of a practice that brings glimpses of serenity to…
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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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