Category: Breath

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To Breathe or not to Breathe, that is the Question

Pranayama is very popular these days, and, I suspect, often wrongly taught. Although many teachers use that famous quote from the Hatha Yoga Pradipika: “Just as lions, elephants and tigers are controlled by and by, so the breath is controlled by slow degrees, otherwise it kills the practitioner himself” It seems that they disregard – or their students disregard –...

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Manju Jois Mini Interview

24 October 2014: Interviewee: Manju Question: What is the difference between breath with sound & Ujjayi breathing? Actually this is only one of the questions asked in this mini interview, that include questions about chanting , the purpose of the physical practice, what yoga means to him. Manju Jois, Ashtanga Yoga guru of Mysore, South India, is the oldest son...

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Iain Grysak Interview

While in Bali I have been taking the opportunity to catch up with some of the teachers that can give us insights into the Ashtanga practice. In this interview I talk to Iain Grysak about the breath. We all know that we should use an Ujjayi breath throughout the practice but are you truly connecting with it, and using it...

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The Voice of a Yoga Teacher: how to make your voice your best teaching tool

By Miriam Bauer – Basics – Yoga teachers can use many different tools to lead their students through a class, such as visual demonstrations and hands-on adjustments. Arguably, most important tool is verbal cues. During more than two thirds of a yoga class, students listen to their teacher’s voice. Every voice is different and you cannot make everyone love your...

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Metronome for Pranayama

I was recently on a training with Gregor Maehle and he used a metronome to pace the breathing in pranayama practice. Works great when you are counting with your fingers. It makes sure you keep the same count pace throughout and for different elements. For instance you might subconsciously speed up the count during a kumbaka.  You can download apps...

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Hyperventilation: Why more isn’t necessarily better when it comes to breathing.

By Joe Miller Recently, when I was in California I spent an evening practicing holotropic breathwork. I didn’t know much about this beforehand, and you might not either, so I’ll just set the scene. There were about 20 or so of us in a circle, along with a facilitator (whose instructions generally only increased my mystification). After a rambling introduction,...

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The Diaphragm is Key! Don’t Forget It. Observe It.

By David Garrigues The diaphragm is the main muscle involved in breathing; when you get an experiential feeling of its actions, that knowledge helps you breathe better and thus helps you develop your yoga practice. You can learn to sense the diaphragms anatomical location within the torso and to follow its contraction (inhalation) and relaxation (exhalation) phases. The diaphragm is...

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