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Tag: prana

Anuloma Viloma ~ Alternate Nostril Breathing

Anuloma viloma is a pranayama exercise where you are inhaling and exhaling on one side of the nose and then switching to the other side. This breath work is very relaxing to the mind, brings balance to the two hemispheres of the brain and…

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Kapalabhati ~ Skull Shining Breath

Kapala means skull and bhati means light. So in the breath work known as Kapalabhati or skull-shining breath we are lightening the skull so to speak – cleansing it. This type of breath is used not only for cleansing, but also to give greater…

Sukhasana ~ Easy Seated Pose

Image from: http://yogaposes-onlinereviews.rhcloud.com/tag/sukhasana-yoga-pose The third stress relieving pose I’d like to share with you is sukhasana, easy seat. For some this pose may not seem like much, but if you take it, close your eyes and extend your spine you’re able to focus more…

Sthira and Sukha~opposing forces that bring balance

Sthira is a sanskrit word meaning steady, strong, resolute and firm. Sukha translates as gentle, easy, joyful, agreeable and good. When using these words in relation to our yoga asana practice it denotes firming our muscles, using the core muscles to hold ourselves steady…

A story from Swami Vivekanada

There was once a minister to a great king. He fell into disgrace. The king, as a punishment, ordered him to be shut up in the top of a very high tower. This was done, and the minister was left there to perish. The…

Spring Fair

I’m spending the weekend volunteering at a psychic fair. I am the volunteer coordinator so in the past couple of months I’ve been asking for help on behalf of the Spiritual Science Fellowship in Halifax, NS. We’ve been blessed to have so many people…

Bandhas ~ Locks within the body

In Sanskrit bandha means to lock, to hold, or to tighten. There are three main bandhas in the body that are used in yoga classes all the time. There is also a fourth that ties them all together. Ancient yoga philosophers believed that when you mastered the…

Running From Tigers!

“There is more to life than increasing its speed.”                                                     ~Mahatma Gandhi When life get very hectic and busy…