Deepening Body Awareness (4/9)

After establishing a base position and learning to still the body, we deepen body awareness. The process of witnessing the body as a spectator deepens the process of relaxation, and that in turn facilitates more efficient rhythmic breathing. As the breath slows and becomes more rhythmic, the body releases even more tension. By being aware... Continue Reading →

Body Stillness (3/9)

The first step to having an effective pranayama practice or meditation practice is learning to use the breath to still and calm the body. As long as the body is restless or tense, the mind is drawn to the body and distracted by it. Making any progress in pranayama is difficult in the agitated or... Continue Reading →

Base Position (2/9)

A proper physical posture can be important for practicing pranayama and meditation. Three different positions are described here to accommodate varying needs: sitting on a chair, sitting on the floor, and lying down. They can be tried out to determine which one is the most comfortable for your body. Table of Contents Introduction Base Position... Continue Reading →

Introduction to Pranayama (1/9)

We have described simple and effective practices of pranayama. More advanced techniques and breath retention are not given as they are best learned under the supervision of an experienced yoga teacher. In the breathing practices, becoming sensitive and aware of the breath and prana are important first steps. These steps deepen and lengthen the breath,... Continue Reading →

Resources For Making Peace With Grief

This list includes resources from my research and reading as well as the recommendations from the Happy Circle meditation group. It has been heartwarming to hear how helpful the talk and meditation have been in the healing process within the group. As more recommendations come in over the weeks, they will be added to this... Continue Reading →

The Heart of Yoga: Developing a Personal Practice

T. K. V. Desikachar, Inner Traditions International The name, T.K.V. Desikachar, is significant in the world of hatha yoga in the West. The famed teacher Krishnamacharya is his father, and B.K.S. Iyengar is his uncle. The book begins with an “interview” with Desikachar. The questions are about Krishnamacharya’s philosophy and method of teaching yoga. It... Continue Reading →

Light on Yoga

B. K. S. Iyengar, Schocken Books B.K.S. Iyengar requires no introduction to readers of yoga, particularly in the West. Iyengar is synonymous with yoga, hatha yoga. He is the most well-known hatha master. Light on Yoga, first published in 1966, is one of the timeless classics in asanas. Readers and yogis today may find it... Continue Reading →

Raja Yoga: Conquering the Internal Nature

Swami Vivekananda, Advaita Ashram Swami Vivekananda is credited with bringing yoga to the West and America. Swami Vivekananda, along with Swami Rama and Swami Satyananda, presents a scientific yet spiritual and practical reading of yoga and meditation. All these renunciates or sannysins were part of old and respected continuous lineages. They all bridged the divide... Continue Reading →

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