Yogic breathing and stress relief.
BKS Iyengar wrote; “The diaphragm, according to yogic science, is the seat of intelligence of the heart and the window to the soul. During stressful situations, however, when you inhale and exhale, the diaphragm becomes too taut to alter its shape. Yogic exercises address this problem by developing elasticity in the diaphragm so that, when stretched, it can handle any amount of stress, whether intellectual, emotional, or physical.”
New students often feel their breath is caught some place, although as a teacher, I often notice that even people who have ‘done’ yoga are not actually breathing into their bodies and are also kind of stuck someplace. It takes diligence and commitment to understand our own breathing patterns, learn and/or unlearn chronic unhealthy ones. Generally when the breath and the asana are done in unison, with a mindfulness and focus, it actually brings tranquility to the cells, releases held tension, and aids in bringing the mind into a stillness, rather than a stuckness. I think the word ’embodiment’ is a good one here. Smiling inside further helps solicit this response. If you ever practiced and held tension in your face or clenched your teeth, that pattern is not doing anything to create extra ease in body/mind/spirit. The advise below may help you develop, deepen, refine your practice!
simple stress relief
yoga and health quotes: “Happiness is the highest form of health”. What are your thoughts on this ? I think the Dalai Lama is reminding us that inner happiness is the most nourishing lifestyle choice. He is not referring to constantly seeking outside oneself, but rather, to feeling a sense of peaceful fulfillment. Negative thinking steals joy and robs us of our health. The yogis were smart, promoting the breath as link between mind and body, realizing and steering us to calm our minds, improving our mood we seem to improve our health.
In the yogic system, the word for contentment is ‘santosha’ which is one of the niyamas. The path to health is a blend of balancing or re-balancing your body, calming the mind, and learning to breathe calmly through challenges. There is also the personal component to health, making the most nourishing choices, and organizing your life to be meaningful to you. I like this quote because it emphasizes that happiness is with (in) reach.
Cultivating contentment, as I have written before is an art form. I think, at the level of asana, one can be very mindful about how one moves, sensitive to creating conditions for comfort and ease rather than over doing, or, over-stretching. Yesterday at Base, we broke down upward facing dog pose, and the response was great. By breaking the challenge into simplified steps, we found an uplifted backbend instead of a shortened and compressed one.
Love this quote ~ the idea of ‘surrender’ seems to be a concept that implies defeat and passivity but in the context of yoga, we learn surrender in deep, dreamless sleep and deep relaxation…but, how many of us actually experience a sound slumber on a daily basis!? The best way to have a calm sleep is to be calm before bed, so taking a few moments to unwind your mind is a good idea. I would recommend the track, from my Yoga Mind cd called: The Essential Natural Breath. Nothing disturbed about it. Check it out or ask me for a private yoga class; step into your inner radiance and glow and grow
Finding what nourishes is a learning process. Sometimes it is a food hang over the next day, or walking away from a situation and feeling drained instead of energized. If you come out of a yoga class injured you know something is not right either. I have a host of nourishing ideas for you -my fantastic blend between a yoga session and a massage called Yapana® Stretch One on One. Or ~ check out my meditation tips, some breathing and relaxing tips on my Yoga Mind Cd; -and join one of my public yoga classes in Tenafly or book your private yoga class with me, we will work on your goals together
This reminds me of a quote by B.K.S. Iyengar in Light on Life; “when you cannot hold the body still, you cannot hold the brain still, If you do not know the silence of the body, you cannot understand the silence of the mind”
I am not one of those teachers who does headstands everywhere, but I do attempt to bring a calm mind to daily situations. This may be due to my respect for a healthy neck!
Yoga helps cultivate a strong body and calmly positive mind-set, even and especially during tough times…As a yoga therapist I work with your unique body in order to create conditions of comfort.
Most people walk around sleep deprived, with headaches, digestive problems and crankiness…That being said, not all stretching is created equal. Yesterday I spoke about the hamstrings and how you want to learn how to stretch safely in order to prevent injury. Unfortunately, I do get students who are already injured, and then the emphasis is on healing and rehabilitation which is another benefit to a yogatherapy practice.
Want to get started? I have a host of zen ideas for you -you can cultivate calm in my fantastic blend between a yoga session and a massage called Yapana® Stretch One on One. Or ~ check out my meditation tips, some breathing and relaxing tips on my Yoga Mind Cd; I am also available in public yoga classes in Tenafly and available for private yoga classes.
An expanded mind and sense of self is a side benefit of an ongoing yoga practice and is like a good friendship, nurturing. Poses should not be painful ! When you move according to your own pace, practice should heal (yogatherapy). Check out my fantastic blend between a yoga session and a massage called Yapana® Stretch One on One. Or ~ I teach a balanced practice where we build core strength and a supple body (flexibility plus joint stability). I can show you how to find the pose with the body you have and stay safe. We also learn the more subtle – I share tips some breathing and relaxing tips on my Yoga Mind Cd; -and join one of my public yoga classes in Tenafly or book your private yoga class with me, we will work on your goals together creatively
This says it all ~ body-mind-breath all coming together on your yoga mat
There are so many levels of benefits to yoga! Let’s explore them. You can start breathing and relaxing with a few tips from my Yoga Mind Cd; – join one of my public yoga classes in Tenafly or book your private yoga class with me, I am located in Bergen County
“Yoga..is the art which brings an incoherent and scattered mind to a reflective and coherent state” ~ B.K.S. Iyengar, Light on PranayamaNew year, new you. Perhaps you are seeking to be more peaceful or be able to move through daily and or sport specific activities with less pain, and better posture. All great reasons to contact me for private yoga classes here in Bergen County, or check out my Yoga Class Schedule
every challenge can be broken down into simple steps; breathe, begin..if you have wanted to start Yoga, contact me in the new year, I teach private yoga classes in Bergen County
affirmatives! one will ring true…sit, breathe, affirm