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Entries tagged with “Breath”

3 Simple Steps to Optimal Health

By re-training the muscles of your body and recovering the levels of oxygen your body requires, you’ll notice profound physiological and psychological changes.

4 Better Ways to Breathe

Techniques for becoming more aware of your breathing patterns.

A 3-Minute Practice to Make Inspiration Soar

"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are."  - Theodore RooseveltI just completed leading a yoga retreat in Hawaii, and as we concluded, students asked how to keep t…

Book Review: Yoga Mass

YogaMass is a welcome new addition to the breadth of spiritual nourishment.

Breathe Deep, Live Deep: Yoga of Synthesis #1

Sponsored Content from Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat Bahamas

Breathing Through Grief to Joy

A yoga teacher trainee experiences Max Strom’s breath work

Breathing: The Poetry of the Body

 We know intuitively that our state of mind will affect our breath: it comes quick and jagged when we are agitated, and smooth and slow when we are relaxed. The yogis figured …

Feeling Stuck? Try a Beginner’s Mind

“In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities. In the expert's mind there are few." - Shunryu Suzuki, Zen monkMany years ago, as a yoga student, I envisioned how wonderful i…

How Breathing Helped Me to Heal

Through my stillness in asana class and in meditation, I learned that breathing slowly unleashed my inner poetry.

How to Be Here

Before anything else can be said about you, you have received a gift.

How You Breathe Changes Memory and Perception

Inhaling makes your memory sharper, as does using your nose instead of your mouth.

In the Fullness of Emptiness

Calm down using the breath and slow down your exhale.

Mastering the “Master Switch”

In 1949, a stocky Italian air force lieutenant named Raimondo Bucher decided to try a potentially deadly stunt in a lake on the island of Capri. Bucher would sail out to the center…

Metabolism-Boosting Yoga: Clear Mind Meditation

Try this introduction to yogic breath control (pranayama) in a 15-minute meditation that will leave you feeling calm and refreshed.

New Moon Meditation: Pause the Breath, Pause the Mind

Try this audio meditation for slowing down the mind.

Summer System Overload

It’s been a hot summer. I showed up to my yoga studio the other day, and noticed that the air purifying machine was blinking and beeping, which made me think of my kitchen lights, …

Take 10

This simple way to use conscious, rhythmic breathing can help you savor life and live more fully.

The Fullness of Emptiness: A Guided Breath Meditation

This guided meditation explores the bottom of the breath.

The Gift of Breath

A dear friend of mine recently succumbed to emphysema. Before he became ill, he’d been a scholar and a poet and a social activist. He’d had a passion for beauty in all its myriad f…

The Happiness Track: A Crash Course in Enlightenment

My junior year of college I was driving back from a ski trip during a Vermont snowstorm when I shifted gears and lost control. We swerved across several highway lanes into a ditch,…

Touchbreath: Helping You Keep Your Focus During Meditation

Touchbreath is an excellent meditation for those just starting out, as it helps keep your awareness on just one thing – your breath.

What is the Power of the Breath?

Every time your mind wanders, use your breath to bring your focus back.

When "Just Breathe" Isn't Enough: Practices for Deep Breathing

Breathing is, indeed, good for you. It’s been shown that breathing into the belly helps encourage a relaxed state in your body, nourishes your organs, calms the nervous system, and…

Your Breath Is Your Super Power

If you’ve ever taken a yoga class, you’ve heard some reference to the breath at some point. We know it’s incredibly central to the yoga practice; the awareness of the breath is per…

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