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Pranayama

How to teach Nadi shodana (and why)

Pranayama, or yogic breathing, is an important part of yoga. But yoga teachers often focus on the physical postures and don't include breathing techniques. Why? Not all yoga teacher trainings spend enough time on pranayama to give student...

Teaching pranayama to students with anxiety? Read this now.

Are you teaching pranayama to students with anxiety? Stop! There may be a better way to help them.   Learning how to breathe deeply and smoothly will help people with anxiety, right? Not necessarily. For many anxious students, focusing on the...

Why we need to put the breath first in yoga

     The ancient sage Patanjali defined yoga as a state of mind in which all our conscious and unconscious patterns of belief quieten down. It’s the process of letting go of all the things you think (or subconsciously believe) about the world so...

Pranayama -  How yoga breathing brings balance

Does your regular yoga class include pranayama? Pranayama, yoga breathing techniques, can have a more profound impact on your health and wellbeing than any number of yoga poses. Depending on the technique you choose, pranayama can: Soothe anxiety

Cooling yoga for hot days

Are you feeling the heat? I love hanging out at the beach with my kids in summer, but take me away from the cooling sea breeze and I get a bit hot under the collar (translation: grumpy). Maybe it's something to do with being English, but when the...

Lighten up!

I kick start many of my morning yoga classes in Spring with Kapalabhati. Kapalabhati is an uplifting, detoxifying and energising practise that is often confused with pranayama. Yes, it works with the breath, but it's actually a kriya - a...