#yoga wisdom of the day ~ blissfulasana

by Stephanie on October 20, 2014

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Learn How To Practice Alternate Nostril Breathing

by Stephanie on October 11, 2014

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Nadi Shodhan (NAH-dee shoh-DAH-nuh) Pranayama ~

“Nadi” – meaning “channel” & “Shodhana” – meaning “cleansing” or “purifying”

Adding alternate nostril breathing to your regular practice of yoga poses (asanas) and meditation will benefit your body, mind and spirit. I was in a class this week with a teacher who took the time to demonstrate this and thought I would share it with you because will help you bring awareness and harmony into your life.

The ancient yoga text know as the Yoga Sutras, compiled by the sage Patanjali in 150 BCE, considers pranayama as one of the eight major limbs of yoga. Regular pranayama practice will help ease mental tension and stress, and it will help you move through your day with balance, grace and equanimity.

In yoga, it is believed that practicing this will cleanse and purify the nadis, which will allow for a smoother flow of “prana” (life force energy). When prana becomes unbalanced, due to mental and physical stress, the nadis become blocked, which can lead to illness and disease. Keeping the nadis cleansed will lead to overall wellness and peace in al areas of life.

Let’s get started:

  • Begin in a comfortable, cross-legged position. You may choose to sit on a folded blanket, bolster, or block elevate your hips and reduce knee pressure. Sit up straight, but relax your body. Soften your jaw and breathe naturally.
  • With your right hand, bend your index and middle fingers, keeping your ring finger, pinkie finger, and thumb extended. This hand position, or mudra, is called Mrigi Mudra.
  • Close your right nostril with your right thumb.
  • Inhale deeply through your left nostril.
  • At the top of your inhalation, close your left nostril with the ring finger of your right hand as you release the right nostril.
  • Exhale through your right nostril.
  • Keeping the left nostril closed, inhale deeply through your right nostril.
  • Seal your right nostril again with your thumb, then release your left nostril.
  • Exhale out of your left nostril. You should now be in the original position, with your thumb sealing your right nostril. This is one cycle.
  • Balance your inhalations and exhalations so they are the same length through both nostrils.

Repeat up to 10 full cycles, gradually increasing the number of repetitions as you gain experience.

Practicing Nadi Shodhana balances and harmonizes your nadis and both hemispheres of your brain. This balance helps to reduce stress and anxiety. It lowers your heart rate and helps to relieve mental tension. As you practice Nadi Shodhana, shifting your awareness between your left and right nostrils, your mind naturally becomes more centered and focused. With regular practice, your attention span and ability to focus for long periods may be positively affected.

Would love to hear from you if you practice this regularly and/or if you tried for the first time. If you think this would be helpful to someone else, please share.

Namaste ~ Stephanie

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Shocking Truths About Your Yoga Class

October 9, 2014

  New to Yoga? I’ve observed so many studios now moving to hour-long classes. In a time-crunched society I understand the reasons, but hope you will take the hour – love it – and then find a class that is the traditional hour and a half. Things they might not tell you in that hour: […]

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October 7, 2014

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#yoga wisdom of the day

October 6, 2014

#yoga wisdom of the day ~ fearlessasana = writing from a place of vulnerability / working on my book about #yoga today. in #gratitude. Tweet

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Open Letter To Haters ~ You ‘Really’ Need Yoga

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“Show-off,” whispered the girl on the Yoga mat next to me as I came out of my forward fold. “You’re kidding me, right?” I said. The Yoga teacher politely shushed us and the class continued. Totally distracted from my normal only on my own mat persona, I silently sent her prayer. Thankfully compassion and understanding […]

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Writing Inspiration

October 3, 2014

I’m working on a ReWrite of a screenplay today. Things I do for writing inspiration: 1. I’m a visual person. I have pictures everywhere. I art journal. 2. I go for a walk on the beach. 3. I go to museums. What inspires you?  Tweet

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Yoga Teacher Interview ~ Erika Burkhalter

October 1, 2014

  I met Erika Burkhalter at BhaktiFest. I’m thrilled to share her with you.   How did you find/begin your yoga journey? What put you on this path? When I was about eight years old, I came home from school one day and discovered Lilias Folan teaching yoga on PBS (Lilias, Yoga and You). I […]

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Differences Between Yoga and Pilates

September 28, 2014

Yoga This discipline has an Eastern-based philosophy. “Yoga is a journey of self-discovery,” says Leigh Crews, a registered yoga teacher (RYT) and spokesperson for the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the American Council on Exercise (ACE). Pilates Pilates is more concerned with strengthening the body than the mind. But achieving a toned body […]

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Clumsy? How Yoga Can Make You Nimble and Help With Coordination 

September 28, 2014

  With all the recent mainstream media attention focused on the many benefits of yoga, some people show up to class interested but intimidated. With the help of a certified teacher who inspires you to keep coming back to class, those intimidating images of people twisted into shapes that only a circus performer could master […]

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