surya namaskar asanas

Surya Namaskar is a graceful sequence of twelve asanas, poses performed as one continuous exercise. Components of Surya Namaskar Surya Namaskar is composed of three main elements - asana form (alignment), energy and rhythm (breath) and manthras (japa/bija). Chakras, energy centers and bandhas, locks, are not addressed in this post. Twelve Asanas This version begins and ends with Samastithihi - translated as Even …

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types/paths to yoga

Teachers from various lineages have contributed to the evolution of yoga that is practiced in the West over the past hundred years. Here is an attempt to outline the paths to help you make your choice. The word 'yoga' was explained in the post 'what is yoga' . Now, lets define the words type and style before relating it to 'yoga'. Types versus Styles Frequently, the …

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nadi shodana – alternate nostril breath

Nādi Śhodana - alternate nostril breath Nadi Shodhana, नाडी शोधन प्राणायाम, is also known as Anuloma Viloma Prāṇāyāma, अनुलोम विलोम प्राणायाम.  Simply referred as Alternate Nostril Breathing, it is a powerful breathing practice. Nadi, नाडी, is a Sanskrit word for ‘channel’ or ‘flow’ and shodhana, शोधन means ‘purification.’ The Nadis, channels that connect the chakras, energy centers are the psychic pathways within the human system.  This pranayama technique …

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kapalabhati – skull shining breath

Kapalabhati - skull shining breath Pranayama techniques may be categorized as: those that are heating (energizing or vitalizing) and those that are cooling (tranquilizing) those which are safe to learn from a book or a website And those that must be learned over an extended period of time from a qualified teacher. Kapalabhathi, कपाल भाति , belongs to this kind.  Although …

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Ujjāyī Prānāyāma- victory breath

Ujjāyī (उज्जायी), means "one who is victorious". Ujjāyī breath means "victorious breath. Also referred to as the psychic breath because of its positive effects on the mind. You might know it as ocean breath as the sound this breath makes is like the water gently lapping against the ocean shores. Seat This breath can be performed …

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3 – part breath: dirgha pranayama

Dīrgha (दीर्घ ) Prāṇāyāma (प्राणायाम ) Dīrgha Prāṇāyāma,  a cooling breath, is the process of elongating the breath using specific techniques. Dhirgha breath is often referred to as Dhirgha Shvāsam, Deep Yogic Breath. This is often the first breathing technique taught to new yoga practitioners. Dīrgha (दीर्घ ) has several meanings - “slow,” “deep,” “long,” and “complete.” Shvāsam is the breath. Prāṇāyāma (प्राणायाम ) …

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