Breathing Techniques: Why are they essential to yoga?

By Suzana Altero Inhale, and God approaches you. Hold the inhalation, and God remains with you. Exhale, and you approach God. Hold the exhalation, and surrender to God." ~Krishnamacharya Pranayama (breathing techniques) are a key practice of Hatha Yoga, the…

Dominate Technology and Breathe Better with the Totally Awesome iPad/iPhone Pranayama App

Technology is a two-edged sword.  It makes our lives easier in so many ways, but it also brings with it all sorts of distractions (too many to list here). President Bush may have never found WMD's in Iraq, but he…

“He who binds the breath…

He who binds the breath, binds the mind. - Svatmarama, Hatha Yoga Pradipika Yoga works primarily with the energy in the body, through the science of pranayama, or energy-control. Prana means also ‘breath.’ Yoga teaches how, through breath-control, to still…

Ashtanga Yoga First Series Video by David Swenson

I happily surfed my way into David Swenson's Ashtanga Yoga First Series video on YouTube the other day.  The whole thing!  I enjoy reading  and practicing with Swenson's Ashtanga Yoga book, -- it's one of my favorite yoga books of…

Don’t forget to breathe!

So, here's the deal. You're probably sitting there in front of your computer, surfing from site to site, picking up all sorts of good information on how to live a more happy and fulfilling life and stuffing your mind with…

Chant to Breathe Better

As a follow up to yesterday's popular post on how to gross out your friends with a steady stream of water out the nose, there may be a more mild-mannered method for clearing your head. Researchers have determined that the…