Breathing For Awareness And Hypertension Videos

Mahasri Yoga is now on You Tube. Certain breathing practices help significantly with hypertension. It is hoped that the following two audio tracks in English and Gujarati recently uploaded on You Tube will be helpful and enjoyable: Mahasri Yoga: Pranayama-Body Stillness (English) Mahasri Yoga: Pranayama-Body Stillness (Gujarati) Dealing with hypertension in its early stages, using... Continue Reading →

Alternate Nostril Vs Balanced Breath For Hypertension

Several studies have indicated the positive effects of alternate nostril breathing (ANB)/anuloma viloma on heart rates, blood pressure, and hypertension. The study cited below provides some of the specific research papers. However, this study in the International Journal of Yoga, Ghiya S, Lee CM. Influence of alternate nostril breathing on heart rate variability in non-practitioners of... Continue Reading →

Yoga Of Hope And Strength In The Gita: Part 4

Hope is born and sustained when delusions and illusions are seen clearly and acknowledged. We are then able to see past them to the underlying core of being. This is the message of hope and strength in the Bhagavad Gita. In Part 4, Swami Niranjan explains this part of the Gita. Meditation or dhyana enables a clear vision... Continue Reading →

Yoga For Grief And Despair In The Gita Part 3

What is the cause of grief, despair, and suffering? How does one stop the mind from its constant churning? In Part 3, Swami Niranjan writes how Krishna explains to the despondent Arjun, in the middle of the battlefield, the meaning of karma yoga. "Bhagavad Gita begins with a person in grief and despair who finds it... Continue Reading →

Meditations From The Tantras

When people think of yoga, they think about asana (physical postures) and pranayama (breathing techniques). If meditation is directly associated with yoga, it might be a repetition of a mantra, or some short guided visualization, or deep relaxation. Serious meditation is associated with Buddhist practices, not “yoga.” This is a serious misconception. Mindfulness is another... Continue Reading →

Spring Back Spring Forward

It is that time of the year again! With the emergence of crocuses and daffodils in the West, life renews itself from the dormancy of winter (tamas in yoga and kapha in ayurveda). The joyful colors of Spring abound everywhere as seen in this painted haveli (old-style mansion) from the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan. We... Continue Reading →

Q&A:How To Practice Surya Namaskar

The results of the study in the previous post are in line with expectations. Studies often raise more questions and the blog has received several questions on how to practice surya namaskar. I hope this answers the questions. 1. How does one define slow versus fast surya namaskar? I don't think that the study in the previous blog post... Continue Reading →

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