Category Archives: Pranayama

May there be peace on earth

During the holidays we often hear the phrase “Let there be peace on earth.” This a beautiful sentiment, one that I pray for everyday. Unfortunately, it’s not a reality for many people. When I think about this, I often become overwhelmed. I’m unsure how to respond to all the needs within my family, my town,… Continue Reading

The Five Great Elements (Pancha Mahabhutas)

I’ve been called a tree hugger many times, which is a name I happily accept (and an action I admit to doing more than once!). I love trees. I love water. I love stars. I love nature. Recently I’ve been reflecting on the fact that I am nature. I’ve been studying Ayurvedic medicine (as part… Continue Reading

Pancha Maya Koshas

The study of yoga takes a lifetime (or lifetimes). I have spent several years in full-time study of this ancient art and science and yet I’m constantly struck by how much more there is to study and understand. I have far to go (we always do it seems), but I’m encouraged and motivated by the very… Continue Reading

Internal Spring Cleaning – Prana, Apana, and Agni

A Practice for Internal Spring Cleaning: You’ve probably heard the term prana before. But have you heard of apana? Or udana? There are actually 5 pranas. They’re called the vayus or the “forces of the air.” They are: Prana vayu, which governs reception (eating, drinking, inhaling). Apana vayu, which governs elimination (going to the bathroom,… Continue Reading

New Year’s Resolutions at the end of January

Now, the teachings of yoga [are presented]. Yoga is the stilling of the changing states of the mind. When that is accomplished, the seer abides in its own true nature. These are the first three aphorisms in the Yoga Sutra-s of Patanjali. The goal of yoga practice is clear: to still the ever changing states… Continue Reading

A Yoga Practice to Welcome Fall

It’s officially fall. It will be October next week and my body can feel the weather changing. I always try to mark the changing of seasons in some intentional way. A season change seems to provide an auspicious time for personal retreat. I have dreamt of offering seasonal retreats for years. Hopefully someday… When I… Continue Reading

Ujjayi

I love the presence of Ujjayi breath in my asana practice. Ujjayi can be translated to mean victorious. I also hear it referred to as the oceanic breath, because of the sound it makes. It is a powerful pranayama technique that can sustain and enrich your asana practice. Since you may not have explored Ujjayi… Continue Reading