Yoga

Rapid Abdominal Breathing

A classic breath practice that is common to both the Yoga tradition of India and the Qigong tradition of China is "Rapid Abdominal Breathing," called bastrika in yoga. The central activity of this breath technique, called bastrika in India, is the...

Alternate Nostril Breathing.

The technique described in the Dr. Roger Jahnke column "Alternate Nostril Breathing”" has been employed by practitioners of Yoga in India for thousands of years who were aware of the significance of balancing the breath in both nostrils and employed...

What are Yoga Asanas and Why Practice Them?

Given the central importance of the yamas and niyamas, one might wonder why it would be necessary to practice the other limbs of yoga. Would it not be enough to be compassionate, truthful, and content? Why would it be important to take the time to...

Gentle Movements and Postures

Slow, non-intense, daily practice of moderate exercise, as it has been done in China through Qigong and in India through Yoga for centuries, is now emerging, with scientific authorization as the fitness enhancement practice of choice. While it seems...

Progressive Relaxation, Option II:

The above technique can be approached a bit differently. Remember that one of the important guidelines is to make it up and have it be easy and fun, so feel free to tailor your practice so that it works for you. This may be done either sitting or...

Progressive Relaxation, Option I:

Mentally bring your awareness to and then consciously relax each part of you body, progressively, from the feet all the way up to your head. Your breath should be full and relaxed. In a comfortable lying position, close your eyes and take 10 slow...

Progressive Relaxation, Option III

Because we are generally addicted to complexity and busyness, reaching a state of authentic relaxation is a challenge. Many of us are locked into worry, hurry, overwork and compulsive behaviors and the mind is very difficult to quit. The beauty of...

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