Archive | Pranayama


This morning I wrote: “yoga stretching is a bitch!” 


I don’t use bad words in posts. 

But supta-kurmasana is a bitch! I can’t help it.

my sorry attempt at Supta-Kurmasana

And, I know, I’m breaking bad, I’m tearing down my own previously decorated rule of never using ‘bad’ words.

But the first thing I read in the morning was a Tweet from Louis C. K., who IS the yogi with my utmost respect these days: “That shit is foul” he tweeted.

Sometimes (often) my life is not “consistent” with what is supposed to be the yoga ideal.

Here are 14(?) things that happen to you when you’ve been onto yoga for a long time:

– Peace has the sound “pee” in it.

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Bhastrika Pranayama – Life Force on Steroids

Bhastrika is the most powerful technique in pranayama as it rapidly fills the whole torso with air and therefore, when done right, with life energy.

It is, in a simplified way, like the three part breathing exercise from chapter 10,  only done faster and with zeal (and faster and faster when practice begins to bear fruit).

The effects of this exercise are incredibly far reaching, for example it is said it pierces through the three major obstacles to our full expression, (granthis) and cures all diseases by lessening/reducing the effects of the three imbalances we might have (or doshas ((vitta pitta and kapha)).

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How Not To Be An Idiot In Pranayama – Purifying The Nervous System

Today we look at the exercise which DEFINES pranayama. Heck I would go further to say it is pranayama.  Nadhi Shodhana is the alternate nostril breathing exercise done with retentions in between nostrils. It is the exercise that purifies the nervous system and no matter how many books you look at, and study with, you will see, it all comes down to this and only this one, again and again.

Why? Because this exercise has the power to clear the nervous system AND the subtle nervous system, the one we don’t see with the naked eye, and the one that doctors do not catalogue, the one that works underneath it all and that only yogis can sense, or so we would like to think.

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The Only 7 Minutes Of Yoga You Need To Live Longer

Last November (2012), At the Michael Ellsberg conference in New York City, I was asked to deliver a short yoga practice that would help entrepreneurs/artists/creative people or anyone really who needs a little brake during the day, to regain focus and come back to center.  

Michael is the author of the book The Education of Millionaires, and his conference was called the “Blow Your Mind” Conference, what better opportunity to start thinking about the length of our lives in terms of breaths rather than years?  That blew my own mind when I first realized that yogis put that much eemphasis on the breath.Read the rest
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The ‘Conquering’ Breathing Exercise

Why is this specific type of breathing called victorious? “It is so called because the technique allows us to become victorious in pranayama… extension of prana, [extension of life force] and that is exactly what Ujjayi [pronounced: “oh-jai”, (jai rhymes with pie)] or victorious breath does.” (from page 224)

Continuing with the book club we are now in the most fascinating part of Gregor’s Book in which he is discussing the specific practices of pranayama. After spending several weeks on his chapters with the preparations, we are now onto the actual sitting for the practice itself.

Context: This is a series called Claudia’s Book Club.
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