Nadi Shodana breathing is a powerful technique to help restore balance to the left and right sides of the brain 🧠.
To practice: find a comfortable seated position, close your eyes, and bring your awareness to the space behind the forehead 👁. First, rest your left hand on your knee in Jyan Mudra by connecting the thumb and index fingers with the palm facing up 👌🏻. Bring your right hand into Vishnu Mudra by bending your index and middle fingers down. Use the right thumb to block the right nostril and inhale only through the left nostril for a count of 3. Next use your right ring finger to block the left nostril and hold the breath for a count of 12. If you would like to utilize the Bandhas during retention go ahead. Exhale through just the right nostril for a count of 6. Inhale through the right nostril for a count of 3, when you get to the top block both nostrils for a count of 12. Exhale through only the left nostril for a count of 6, this will complete one round of Nadi Shodana Pranayama 👃🏻. Alternate nostril breathing should be practiced for 5-10 minutes and is most effective when practiced daily!
One track heart 🖤 Thank you Philomena for another amazing shot 📸. Teaching Vinyasa tonight from 7:30-8:30pm at Harmony Hot Yoga, Pilates, and Aerial Center. See you there ✌🏻.
Hey Georgia yogis! Rebecca and I will be teaching Intro to Vinyasa at the beautiful Harmony Hot Yoga, Pilates, and Aerial Center from 9/12-9/20 🌟. Check out our teaching schedule below.
9/12 – 7:30-8:30pm 👨🏼🌾
9/13 – 12-1pm w/ Rebecca 🌶
9/16 – 6:30-7:30pm (Yin) 🧘🏼♂️
9/17 – 7:30-8:30pm 👨🏼🌾
9/18 – 12-1pm w/ Rebecca 🌶
9/19 – 12-1:00pm (Yin) 🧘🏼♂️
9/19 – 7:30-8:30 👨🏼🌾
9/20 – 12-1pm w/ Rebecca 🌶
Due to the weather the schedule could change, check in with MINDBODY and please be safe 💦⚠️
Yoga asana should be steady and comfortable 🧘🏼♂️. Stillness can be found in the postures by maintaining awareness of the breath while the body’s muscle groups remain active 💪🏻. In Standing Head-to-Knee pose, the legs create a solid foundation for the upper body when you distribute your weight forward and pull up on the thighs. Use Mula Bandha by finding a slight lift in the pelvic floor, and activate Uddiyana Bandha by pulling the lower belly in then upward towards the heart. Next, flex your toes back towards your face, then use your strength to pull your elbow points down to squeeze your calf muscle. The final stage of the pose is to pull your shoulders away from the ears, round your spine, and touch your forehead to your knee. Although this pose may seem intimidating at first, strong determination combined with a gentle focus on the breath will bring you success with touching the forehead to the knee 🧠.
This year I have been working on finding stability in my yoga postures with the support of Bandhas 🔒. Uddiyana Bandha refers to the upward energy of the diaphragm, stomach, and abdomen. This can be achieved by exhaling all of the air from the lungs, drawing the navel in and up, and creating suction which pulls the organs upwards expanding the chest. Uddiyana Bandha, or the Upward Lock, can help you float through yoga asana by contracting the lower belly and controlling the stillness of the diaphragm as it rises and falls. According to The Hatha Yoga Pradipika, “Of all the Bandhas, Uddiyana is the best, for by its activation liberation comes spontaneously.” Energetically, Uddiyana Bandha guides the movement of energy upward activating the heart and throat chakras 💙. Photography by my amazing friend Philomena Polizzi 📸
Inversions like forearm stand and headstand poses are some of the most important postures in #yoga. When the body and mind are turned upside down the blood circulation is altered which causes a change in perception.🤸🏼♂️ Inversion poses activate the heart chakra by moving energy to the midline of the body, cultivating a sense of joy in the heart 💚. I absolutely love what I am learning right now in my Science Of Self book on yoga, organs, and emotions. Thank you Rose Erin Vaughan, MSAc for making this information available to all people 🌎 Om Shanti Shanti Shanti ☮️
How did I turn my life around? Well, I had to change EVERYTHING… The things that I did, the places I went, and the people I spent my time with. For me this meant no longer consuming alcohol, creating healthier habits, and surrounding myself with people on the path of inspiration 🧘🏼♂️. This is what 955 days of grace and hard fucking work looks like 🔺. Life is way too short to spend another day at war with yourself. If you want light to come in to your life, you gotta stand where it is shining 💡#nationalrecoverymonth
Foot-behind-the-head postures have always been intriguing to me. These postures target the hips and groins while also stretching the back and strengthening the abdomen. Foot-behind-the-head postures help aid with digestion by turning on your inner fire 🔥. This fire is related to the 3rd chakra, which is located just behind the naval region below the rib cage 💛. Postures like #ekapadasirsasana, #dwipadasirsasana, and #kurmasana demand patience in the beginning, but with consistent practice you will develop the flexibility and strength to breathe and relax in the yoga pose.
“All backward bending heals the spine” -Mary Jarvis.
With a lifetime of unsupported forward folding ahead of us, we must remember the importance of backward bending. Back-bending the spine can relieve back pain by counteracting the damage of poor posture, it also helps with digestive function, and relieves stress! Opening the heart chakra through a backward bend has many emotional benefits including reducing fear and allowing you to live in the present moment 🖤. Next time you’re experiencing back pain or discomfort try something new by backward bending your spine instead of forward rounding.
Life is a continual flow of becoming. All temporary things, material or mental share the same characteristics of rising and passing. Everything will rise, change, and disappear. This universal law of impermanence is known as Anicca. Because no physical or mental objects are permanent, attachments or desires to either will always cause suffering (dukkha). By observing the phenomenon of craving without reaction we are able to gain spiritual progress and take steps on the path toward enlightenment.