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…

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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.


Necessary Nose Breath

On our second week reading BREATH by James Nestor, he gives the anecdote to the mayhem caused by mouth breathing. He gets to un-stuff his nose and experiment with taping his mouth shut at night for the maximum effect and benefit of nose breathing.


Mastery Of Senses Through Yoga

Our last discussions on the third Chapter in The Yoga Sutras have centered around the relationships between the elements that make up all of Prakrti (Nature) and the sense perceptions…


Mouthbreathing Mayhem

In our first week reading BREATH by James Nestor, he introduces us to the “dysevolution” of the human species toward mouthbreathing. He catches my attention here in the beginning in three ways – 1) I have been obsessed with freedivers since I was little 2) I am a Physical Anthropologist by education and 3) he uses himself as an experimental subject.

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Summer Book Club 2022 !

We are excited to see that summer is almost here and that means another great summer read for The Yoga Place community! This year we will be reading BREATH by James Nestor.…

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Mastery of Elements in Yoga

We discussed the power of “hearing distant and divine sounds” and what that means to each of us. In the end, the idea of “divine” sound was boiled down to…

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Bring “May Flowers” to Your Yoga!

“April Showers Bring May Flowers” is a common saying, and we are settling into those rains that begin to bloom the Spring flowers around us. In yoga, our practice helps…