Tag Archives: breath

Long, active and happy life as a yogi

I’ve written about yogini’s who are young at heart (here), and Tao Porchon-Lynch is one of these amazing women who, at 96, holds the guiness world record as the world’s older certified yoga teacher (in Westchester County, New York). In an interview with Yoga Journal, Tao shares some of the wisdoms she’s learned over the years. Tao credits “breath“, more… Read more »

yoga breathing 101

“…something that is really very poorly recognized in the medical or the yoga literature: that moving your joints is one of the strongest stimuli to breathing properly and deeply. There are little movement receptors inside all of our joints, and they send signals that go directly and indirectly to the apneustic center, one of the centers in the brain that… Read more »

Tutorial: meditation 101

Being in the present moment is a meditation practice. There is a challenge in sitting still in meditation and watching the activity of the brain/mind. Anytime you sit with the intention and willingness to be mindful, transformation will happen. At first, you want to bring stability to the mind, perhaps by focusing on one thing, such as the breath (note: you can… Read more »

Tutorial: Nah-dee-show-DAH-nah

Nadi (=”channel”) Shodhana (= “cleaning” “purifying”) Pranayama is an alternate-nostril breathing exercise. The right hand is placed in Mrigi Mudra (a Sanskrit word meaning “to seal, close, or lock up” or “gesture”) by pressing your hand into a fist with your index and middle fingers firmly into the base of your thumb. Stretch out the ring and pinky fingers. Keep your pinky relatively straight,… Read more »

Tutorial: 3-Part Breath

Dirga Pranayam, or three-part deep breathing, is the foundation of all the yogic breathing techniques. This breathing exercise mobilizing your life force energy (prana) to cleanse and balance. The three-part breath is deep and full breathing and helps dispel anxiety and create a sense of calm (via vagal nerve). The purpose this three-part breath is unlearn patterns of taking in slow… Read more »

feel JOY

kaitlynroland   March 5, 2012   No Comments on feel JOY

Tomorrow I start my next Parkinson’s yoga series, and I can’t wait to get back to Moksha Yoga Kelowna with the returning students and new faces that have signed up. I’m feeling the love! – And what better way to celebrate than with breath of joy! This deep breathing exercise (pranayama) brings energy (and joy!) to your practice, as well as works… Read more »