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Today as I was closing, and for the first time ever, Greg came to help me with padmasana (lotus).

It sounds simple but the lotus we do on the ashtanga closing includes a specific mudra, three bandhas, and the breath… ah the breath.

Greg signaled me to take long breaths, and when he demonstrated I realized he really meant long, as in counting slowly to 8 for the inhale and slowly to exhale for 8 counts. As I followed him I started to sweat. Then I had a flash of memory from some advanced students at Sivananda Ashram in Quebeq who told me they also sweated when they were learning pranayama, and it dawned on me, I was doing pranayama.… Read the rest

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