Pranayama & Kriya

Brahma Mudra

This is an exercise done before pranayama which helps to release the neck muscles and free the breathing passages for a more profound experience during pranayama.  I also find it very useful for keeping neck pain at bay.  Since I have fused cervical vertebrae and have had whiplash twice in my life, my neck can …

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A kriya (cleansing) exercise that purifies the sinuses, lungs, blood, tissues and abdomen.  On a subtle level it works on the Ajna, Manipura and Sahasrāra Chakras. The emphasis is on the exhalation.  How to practice? The abdomen is drawn inward toward the spine on the exhalation working together with the diaphragm which moves upward from the …

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This Word Pranayama

What’s in a Word? Prana – life force, breathAyama – stretch, extend / Yama – restrain, control Pranayama can therefore be called: “stretching of the life force”  or  “breath control”

Nadi Shodhana

Sometimes this is called Anuloma Viloma or Alternate Nasal Breathing.This simple but soothing pranayama works on balancing the Ida and Pingala channels to bring the prana to the Sushumna and balances the 2 hemispheres of the brain.Also, Gerald talks about how to keep track of the number of rounds you do with a simple technique …

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Ujjayi Pranayama

Why do we do this Breathing Techniqueduring our Ashtanga Practice? Pourquoi nous utilisons cette technique de respiration pendant notre pratique de l’ashtanga vinyasa.

Brahmari Pranayama

This is a soothing pranayama for the overly active mind!  We produce a humming sound like a Bee. Vibration works on throat, head, mind and on a subtle level it works to awaken Ajna Chakra (the third eye).