Breath by Breath

Larry Rosenberg and David Guy, Shambhala Classics Engaging the reader into the depths of meditation is not easy. Breath by Breath is an in-depth look into meditation that succeeds in doing just that. It is a translation and commentary on one of the Buddha’s core teachings, the Anapanasati Sutra. Like all of the Buddha’s teachings,... Continue Reading →

Spring Into New Beginning

  Irises by Vincent van Gogh  Source: Google Images It is that time of the year! Time to renew and refresh the body and mind and reset both. Clearing them both out creates space for the birth of positive, virtuous cycles as we discard negative ones. There are many ways to do this and readers are referred... Continue Reading →

New Year Brings New Digital YI Magazine

Happy New Year to Everyone! Each year we find there is more yoga and meditation content freely available. We begin this year with the first digital issue, Winter 2012,  of Yoga International.  This is an excellent publication from the Himalayan Institute based in Honesdale, Pennsylvania. Now anyone with Internet access can read its content. This... Continue Reading →

Adjusting Mind And Body To Fall

Adaptation to seasons, external circumstances, as well as situations is integral to yoga philosophy. As the season changes, this post is a reminder to begin the adaptation phase. Holidays become markers to remind us to clean our house--homes, bodies, minds. Here are some suggestions to start the process. Shatkarma: These are cleansing kriyas or practices.... Continue Reading →

Balanced Paced Breathing For Calmness

Once the foundation is laid and the body prepared with the practices listed in the previous two posts, the next step is balanced breathing where the breath is comfortably paced. This breath is also called equal inhalation and exhalation and samavritti pranayama. It calms the mind, making it quiet. The breath will gradually become deeper... Continue Reading →

Problem With Breathing Counting To 5

Here are the problems with being told to count to 4, 5, 6 while breathing in and doing the same breathing out by various sources (newsletter from our medical provider, yoga books, stress management advice, etc.): Average rate of breathing: I have been watching the number of breaths per minute, called eupnea, in the age... Continue Reading →

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