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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...

Gentle Movements and Postures, Part II

The self-applied health enhancement methods movements are meant to be the seeds of your own inventiveness. In “Gentle Movements and Postures, Part II” Dr. Roger Jahnke reminds you not to sabotage your mastery by thinking they must be done a certain...

Full Chest and Abdominal Breathing

This method is simply a deepening of the breath. When the diaphragm drops down, the abdomen is expanded allowing the air to rush into the vacuum created in the lungs. Then the chest cavity is expanded, allowing the lungs to fill completely. When...

What is Yoga?

All people wish to be happy. This seemingly simple desire appears to elude the best-intentioned efforts of even the most intelligent among us. Yet almost everyone has had glimpses of deep peacefulness when they have felt connected both to...

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...

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