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Today, I just wanted to give my Teachers’ a Big Hug !

Monday morning … No longer is there trepidation with saluting the sun with 108 – but have I learnt to do and go beyond to that place where we meet the glory of life? In this space of glory, an overwhelming feeling of compassion resides … is this love? I see it in others, I know when I am there…. Life is beautiful... In this time, today arms dangled by my sides, itching to move... there was no thought, it was only my heart ... I just wanted to hug everyone, particularly my teachers …  I stalled, I didn’t, a thought came in ...  did time stop? Was I the only one feeling this? I leave class with a formal goodbye, it didn’t feel right, as soon as I’m in the car I want to rush back, but I didn’t … Now, for my long drive home … music blaring, high on life/love… this energy nurtured from my yoga practice, inside so strong… need those running shoes ... I’m stuck in the car… everything is beautiful… Then, again time stopped, I’m mesmerized by a kind face, her wrinkled skin like a walnut shell, eyes wide open, a witness to depths of life beyond what I know. She is perfectly dressed in a yellow sari, hair oiled, neat, clean, proud… I notice a loaf of bread in her hand, she stalls for her rupees...she leaves without it ... empty …I want to go to her …but I didn’t, time moves me on… What I know ...Life is about taking a risk, we all fear rejection or think we may make a fool of ourselves... but if we can stay in that present moment and be [...]

By | March 14th, 2016|Surya Namaskar, Uncategorized, Videos, Yoga for Runners, Yoga in Daily Life|Comments Off on Today, I just wanted to give my Teachers’ a Big Hug !

Anuloma-Viloma Pranayama by Yashodhara Pawar

Anuloma-viloma, or alternate nostril breathing, is one of the most widely practiced pranayama techniques now-a-days. This simple, traditional pranayama practice from classical Hatha yoga is also one of the most effective exercises to help reduce and relieve stress and anxiety, helps in relaxation and is often practiced in preparation for meditation. It also has numerous other physiological and psychological benefits and is therefore widely being incorporated into management protocols of various ailments, diseases, post-surgical and post-traumatic management programs. Anuloma-viloma comes from the Sanskrit words “anu”, meaning with, and “loma” meaning hair; thus translated as “with the (natural) grain (of breath)”.  As opposed to this, viloma can be translated as “against the (natural) grain (of breath)”.  Thus, the anuloma-viloma pranayama involves consciously regulating one’s breath, by alternately breathing in through one nostril and exhaling through the other.  The technique involves 3 distinct steps: Inhalation, Retention (or kumbhak) and Exhalation (or rechak). This exercise utilizes, and with time, helps improve lung capacity. It also helps clear the nasal passages, optimizes oxygen levels in the blood, improves blood and oxygen supply to the brain, thus vitalizing cells and tissues, and energizing the mind and the body. Anuloma-viloma is sometimes also referred to as “nadi shodhan” pranayama, as it helps to harmonize the ida (which denotes feminine or lunar energy) and pingala (which denote the masculine or solar energy) nadis in the body.  The practice of anuloma-viloma helps activate, purify and effectively balance the flow of energy through both the nadis, so the prana or vital life force is harmonized and can flow unobstructed within the body. Benefits of Anuloma-viloma: Increasingly, the benefits of classical pranayama exercises are finding great fervour within the scientific community.  It is known [...]

By | March 9th, 2015|Asanas Directory, Meditation, Pranayam, Total Yoga, Videos, Yoga, Yoga in Daily Life|Comments Off on Anuloma-Viloma Pranayama by Yashodhara Pawar