Five More Pranayama (Breathing) Exercises!

Breathe Deeply
Quotes
  • “Whenever I feel blue, I start breathing again.” ~ L. Frank Baum
  • “Smile, breathe and go slowly.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “That breath you just took… that’s a gift.” ~ Rob Bell
  • “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
  • “When the breath wanders the mind also is unsteady. But when the breath is calmed the mind too will be still, and the yogi achieves long life. Therefore, one should learn to control the breath.” ~ Hatha Yoga Pradipika
Five More Pranayama/Breathing Exercises!
To my great delight, y’all loved last week’s newsletter, where I introduced my five favorite pranayama (breathing) exercises! As a result, I wanted to share five more with you this week 🙂 May they be of benefit!
  1. Square Breathing: When most people think of breathing, they think of inhaling and exhaling. What they don’t realize is that there are two…
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My Top 5 Favorite Pranayama (Breathing) Exercises

  • “As long as you’re breathing, there’s more right with you than wrong with you.” ~ Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • “If I had to limit my advice on healthier living to just one tip, it would be to learn to breathe correctly.” ~ Dr. Andrew Weil
  • “Many healings of other physical troubles have occurred in my clients after they started to integrate breathing practices into their lives. There is a simple but encompassing reason that may explain this. The human body is designed to discharge 70% of its toxins through breathing. Only a small percentage of toxins are discharged through sweat, defecation, and urination. If your breathing is not operating at peak efficiency, you are not ridding yourself of toxins properly.” ~ Dr. Gay Hendricks

My Top 5 Favorite Pranayama Breathing Exercises

I want to introduce you to a few breathing exercises that require no money, no equipment, no travel, no practitioner, no special talent, and very little time to perform. Research has proven that these exercises are beneficial in combatting stress, anxiety, and depression. Some of the exercises will relax you, and others…

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18 Ways Yoga Changed My Life

The term “yoga” is a Sanskrit word that means “union” or “to join”. This refers to the union of body, mind, and spirit (pretty holistic, right?). Yoga is a 5,000 year old system that analyzes everything from conduct and philosophy to breath and meditation. Though most Westerners turn to yoga for relaxation and its other health benefits, the ultimate aim of yoga is something much bigger. Through the process of purifying our thoughts and actions, yoga gives us a clear path to attain bliss, peace, and self-realization. This practice is very near and dear to me because it’s radically transformed my life from the inside out.

18 Ways Yoga Changed My Life
Among other things, yoga has helped me to decrease stress and anxiety, increase my range of motion, boost my immune system, improve my posture, heal injuries, and learn how to really concentrate. After five years of practicing yoga, you might imagine that I have developed more strength, flexibility, and balance as a result. And I have, but in more holistic ways than you…

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Why You Need to Tongue Scrape: The Reason You’ve Never Heard

Today’s self-care exercise will require:

  • 1 stainless steel tongue scraper ($5-10 at Whole Foods or on Amazon)
This practice will benefit you:
  • Physically

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Last week I introduced you to the importance of our oral health

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Touch: A Poem by Zachary H. Avery, LMT

Touch.
It’s something I have thousands of hours of training in, yet it’s so intuitive.
Sometimes people come in for a session,
When all they need is to be held.
Clasping their hands in mine,
They begin to weep.

Touch.
It’s so simple, yet so profound.
We know that babies die without it,
Bad days can turn around because of it.
The truth is, what you touch with your hands,
You can’t help but touch with your heart.

Touch.
It’s a way to bestow dignity, restore respect, and demonstrate love.
Sometimes I think my presence is more important than my strokes.
Yes, I know the origin and insertion of that muscle,
But more importantly I recognize the origin of your being and the insertion of your spirit.
This is indeed about more than dirty feet or ticklish thighs.

Touch.
It’s more than just a physical act.
The mind and the body are indeed one.
I touch your trapezius,
But more importantly I touch your pain, your sorrow, your fear.
Assuredly, whatever we can allow to be touched, we can allow to be healed.

Touch.
It’s something that grounds us.
By bringing us out of thoughts of the past and the future,
The act of touch brings us to the here and now.
Our guards come down, we release control, our worries and insecurities magically melt away…
We…

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Yin and Yang: An Eastern Perspective

“If Yin is a noun, then Yang is a verb, and life is a complete sentence.” – Between Heaven and Earth: A Guide To Chinese Medicine, pg. 52

We recently started a discussion about the Autonomic Nervous System and I explained the breakdown of the sympathetic nervous system versus the parasympathetic nervous system. That was all a Western/conventional/allopathic understanding; now let’s discuss the same concept from an Eastern/alternative/holistic perspective.

Having studied Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for the last few years, I’ve learned quite a bit about how they view the world in the East. It’s fascinating. One of the fundamental concepts in Chinese Medicine is that of yin and yang (pronounced “yong“). We’ve all seen the yin/yang symbol (see right), but I’ve noticed that most people don’t have a clue what it means. This newsletter will provide you with an introduction to these very concepts; the full theory behind yin and yang are much more complex and could easily fill an entire book, but I believe that this will be a good 101.
Yin and Yang are a way of viewing life. Simply explained, yin and yang provide a categorical way to approach the world….

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