What is Yin & Yang
The concept of Yin & Yang has its roots in Taoism, the first written mention being 700 B.C. in the I Ching (“Book of Changes”). The Taoists observed the forces of nature, and saw the universe as a unified field, always moving and changing, while maintaining its oneness. Nature expresses herself with Yin and Yang, two opposite, yet complementary energies: night and day, cold and hot, rest and activity, feminine and masculine, soft and hard. Daily life is filled with Yin & Yang, and it is important… [Read more -->]
Fourth in the series of Pranayama (yogic breathing) articles is the Anuloma Viloma breath. Simple, yet profound, it calms the mind and nervous system and gets rid of toxins in the blood and lungs.
Anuloma Viloma (Alternate Nostril Breath)
Third in the series of Pranayama (yogic breathing) articles is the Kapalabhati breath. Not only does it energize the mind & body, but it increases lung capacity, removes toxins and stale air from the lungs and more. It’s a lot more intense than either Ujjayi Breath or 3-Part Breath, so take care with this one and stop if you get dizzy. If practiced correctly and on an empty stomach, the benefits are varied and great.
Kapalabhati (Shining Skull Breath)
Have you every held a sea shell (conch shell, specifically) to your ear and heard the rhythmic, soft sound of the ocean? The Ujjayi breath resembles that sound very much…and is soothing and deeply relaxing. This is the second article in a series of Pranayama (yogic breathing) articles.
Ujjayi (Ocean Breath)
Taken for granted, misused and abused, forgotten and ignored….the breath that is life giving, if put to proper use with Pranayama (yogic breathing) can help:
- Eliminate stress, anxiety, irritation, and anger
- Reduce depression, insomnia and general fatigue
- Improve blood circulation, lung capacity, digestion & elimination
- Strengthen abdominal, diaphragm and chest muscles
- Strengthen heart and lungs, improve lung capacity
It is impossible to list all the benefits of Pranayama…but above are some of the most powerful and impressive ones.