Celebration of Knowledge and Tradition
December is full of celebrations and remembrances within the Iyengar Yoga tradition. The spread of yoga and the amount of knowledge we have about yoga in current times and in the West can easily be tied to BKS Iyengar and his family’s teaching of the subject.
Detachment in Every Moment
To reach the final goal of yoga, kaivalya, ultimate freedom, we must continue to be disciplined in action and aware in each moment. The last detachment is even of the “I” itself, and we must not get distracted in order to experience the BEING in every moment.
It’s Not Just Breath – It’s PRANA !!!
BREATH – the power is in the prana! Prana is our life’s energy, and is also the only explanation of WHY breath practices have such amazing health and wellness benefits. It is our last reading of our Summer Book Club, but pick a practice to try before we meet!
A Little Faster – Now Hold….
From conscious hyperventilation to stopping your next breath – inducing short bursts of extreme stress on our nervous system through breath regulation may teach us to relax and restore more completely. Practices introduced in Chapter 8 and 9 of BREATH by James Nestor may require some supervision!
CHEW CHEW CHEW – or MEW ???
Chapter 7 of BREATH takes us on a journey of discovering HOW to create space in our mouths that ultimately effects our breathing! Chewing real food and attempting the exercise of “Mewing” seems to bring change for James Nestor…what are you willing to try???
New Look. New Intention.
Being together once again has brought a joy and lightness that is invigorating. In some ways, we feel born again, emerging from our solitude. We’re energized; recommitting to our goals.
Less is More – Even in Breathing
Chapter 6 of BREATH by James Nestor is entitled “Less” and is a continuation of the last couple dealing with slowing down the breath and increasing the time of exhalation for optimum health and wellbeing through breathing.
Omnipotence and Omniscience
We are coming closer and closer to the end of the Third Chapter in The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. With that, comes subtler and subtler knowledge and even more amazing…
Slow Down, Don’t Breathe Too Fast
I admit that Chapter 5 of BREATH left me a little skeptical, but curious. The premise of “SLOW”, the Chapter’s title, is that the poisonous waste product of carbon dioxide…
Chapter four of BREATH by James Nestor is titled “Exhale”, and he introduces us to some interesting stories of changing diaphragm malleability and lung capacity through different means to increase longevity and wellness. Once again, he refers to the practices and intuition of ancient sages who seemed to know the power of yoga movement and breath before the West began to study it so intensely.