All yoga exercises are aimed at mental discipline and the harmonisation of body and mind.
Author: Jana A. Czipin
Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand
All yoga exercises are aimed at mental discipline and the harmonisation of body and mind. Control of the breath (Pranayama) plays a crucial role to reach inner balance and self-realisation. The practice of Pranayama will contribute to well-being and a happy life. The exercises increase the supply of oxygen to the body, revitalizing and supporting the healing of diseases and injuries. They can also be used to improve or ease difficult situations as they calm the mind, which will become more resistant to stress and depression. During pregnancy specific exercises support the welfare of mother and child and can help with an easier birth. Free divers can improve their performance and dive more safely when they practice Pranayama regularly. Musicians, singers, professional speakers and teachers can also find several of the breathing exercises helpful.
This comprehensive introduction presents the practice, theory and philosophy of Ashtanga Yoga.
Author: Jana A. Czipin
Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand
This comprehensive introduction presents the practice, theory and philosophy of Ashtanga Yoga. It describes in a short and concise way its historical development and philosophical background. The author not only studies the goals of Ashtanga yoga but looks equally closely at the theory and the environment of yoga practice. The detailed description of the ancient system of Ashtanga yoga, which dates back thousands of years, is compared with modern scientific findings. In the final chapter the author also discusses obstacles to the practice of yoga and how to overcome them.
Pranayama (Yoga Elements) by Yogi Ramacharaka
Author: Yogi Ramacharaka
Pranayama (Yoga Elements) by Yogi Ramacharaka
With Pranayama you may harness Universal Energy by regulating your breath. This is of course an extremely important assertion. You can test its validity. Why Should You Practice Pranayama?
Author: T. Abrehamson
What is "Pranayama?" "Pranayama" is yogic breathing, a great variety of practices. "Prana" refers to a Vital Energy, an Energy not yet often recognized by Western science but which some Eastern thinking believes to be pervasive. "Life-Force" might be one acceptable interpretation. Thus to think of Pranayama as merely "yogic breathing exercises" is an oversimplification that omits the most important aspects of the practice. With Pranayama you may harness Universal Energy by regulating your breath. This is of course an extremely important assertion. You can test its validity. Why Should You Practice Pranayama? On one level: Pranayama can make you Feel Great: utterly calm and quiet, light yet grounded, and confident and empowered, and it is a wonderful lead-in to Meditation. It opens the body for improved progress in Yoga poses. This is all nice, yes - but relatively minor. On a higher level: Pranayama is Life-Transforming. It links you up with the Universe. You trend in the right direction. Things start to knit together, to slot into place more easily. Your day and your life can flow more smoothly. You can become open to becoming more purpose-full. At first hearing all this can sound incredibly mystical, otherworldly. But Tom Abrehamson's personal experiences are in harmony with those of others, over the centuries. With Persistent PracticeYour life will change for the better.Spontaneously, effortlessly and permanently.You are becoming whole. Becoming what you should be.You are forging an instrument of Will. The Big Question Why is "just" working with our breath so hugely spiritual? Because it Enables us To Connect. To Yoke Up ("Yoga"). How does it do that? It strips away intervening blockages.It Purifies us.It allows Connection and Flow. Breath is a Key that Unlocks us. Your Study Manual Secrets of Successful Pranayama is not a quick-fix handbook. It is not an executive summary with bullet points. It is not "Yoga-Lite." It is a study manual. It is a reference book you can chew on productively for years. Pranayama is not about instant gratification. It is not like a pill you pop for an instant fix. It is like a cream that you rub into your skin each day for long-term self-betterment. The book consists of four helpful sections: The FIRST section introduces you to Pranayama and to the Guidebook. The SECOND tells you how to set up your own practice. The THIRD tells you what to do during your practice. The FOURTH tells you some benefits to expect. A Living Teacher or a Guidebook? There are a myriad of cautions about progressing into Pranayama without being instructed in it by a living teacher. Tom agrees, in large part. More important, to his mind, however, is the question: Why should the wonderful benefits of Pranayama be available only to those fortunate enough to live close enough to an experienced teacher? The aim of the Guidebook is to make Pranayama accessible to anyone, anywhere.Give someone a Yoga Class, feed their Day.Give someone a Yoga Guidebook, feed their Life. Everything you need to know to practice beginning Pranayama is set out here. (And in coming years you will find guidance for Intermediate and Advanced practices in Volumes II and III.) That said, Tom is firmly convinced, from experience with the students in his classes, workshops and private lessons, that instruction from a living instructor is the very best way to insure you are on the right track. And, with that in mind, he has tried to make the Guidebook as crystal clear as possible. There is a tremendous amount of gobbledygook out there. Your Teacher should be able to answer with clarity two questions: What are we doing? and Why are we doing it? Namaste.
The final part of this book leads readers through a series of targeted breath sequences that are designed to boost athletic performance and recovery, improve sleep, enhance cognitive function, relieve anxiety, promote deep relaxation, and ...
Author: Dylan Werner
Publisher: Victory Belt Publishing
From our first breath to our last, we spend our entire lives in a perpetual cycle of inhalations and exhalations. Yet few of us are taught how to breathe, why we breathe, or the ways in which the breath influences us emotionally, energetically, physically, and spiritually. The Illuminated Breath is a revolutionary manual on unlocking the power of the breath. With humor, clarity, and an appreciation for the art of storytelling, revered yoga practitioner Dylan Werner delves into the rich histories of breathing techniques and breath work, while validating these practices with a strong lean toward physiology and science. Using enlightening, practical examples from everyday life, Werner explains how energy flows through the body and how the breath can be used to regulate and control that flow. He walks readers through pranayama, the ancient yogic practice of breath control, and explains the four components of the breath cycle. He then introduces pranayama practices, which can be used on their own or combined into sequences to achieve specific goals. The final part of this book leads readers through a series of targeted breath sequences that are designed to boost athletic performance and recovery, improve sleep, enhance cognitive function, relieve anxiety, promote deep relaxation, and more. Each sequence is customizable and can be modified or used in combination with other sequences to create a personalized breath plan. Embark on a life-changing journey as you learn how to breathe optimally and bring balance to your life, one inhalation and exhalation at a time.
The Ashtanga system, which is in the Hatha yoga tradition, was passed down by Sri T. Krishnamacharya and is now practiced by thousands of people around the world.
Author: Manju Jois
The Ashtanga system, which is in the Hatha yoga tradition, was passed down by Sri T. Krishnamacharya and is now practiced by thousands of people around the world. Traditionally in Ashtanga, there are three main sequences of postures: Primary (Yoga Chikitsa), Intermediate (Nadi Sodhana), and Advanced Series (Sthira Bhaga). Ashtanga yoga is a traditional system of yoga based on Patanjali's philosophy of "eight limbs" of yoga. Students practice a sequence of poses linked with Vinyasa (breath movement) using Ujjayi Pranayama (deep rhythmic breathing), Bandha (muscular and energetic locks), and Drishti (meditative gaze points). This system has often been misunderstood in the west as it has been taught as a powerful form of exercise with little emphasis on the therapeutic benefits. Finally, two of the world's leading Ashtanga teachers team up to demystify the practice and its teachings, bringing to light the role of yoga in long-term health, the benefits of each pose as well as illustrating safe adjustments for poses in each series.
In this accessible book, Massimo Scaligero—a lifelong student of Rudolf Steiner and Spiritual Science—systematically illumines Steiner’s practices, building on the foundation of our human constitution and explaining how and why these ...
Author: Massimo Scalifero
Rudolf Steiner often emphasized the importance of meditation practice for the self-development of students of Anthroposophy. In his writings and lectures, he offered various instructions for approaches to meditation and for strengthening qualities needed to unfold our latent spiritual capacities. In this accessible book, Massimo Scaligero—a lifelong student of Rudolf Steiner and Spiritual Science—systematically illumines Steiner’s practices, building on the foundation of our human constitution and explaining how and why these practices work. Such efforts take place in the world and with the people around us and restore us to our true condition: “Initiation is the restoration of the spirit’s original state, despite its human incarnation.” This text by Massimo Scaligero should be read and thought deeply, but also acted upon. It will be an aid to all those who wish to take the path of initiation through Spiritual Science. A Practical Manual of Meditation is a translation from Italian of Manuale Pratico della Meditazione (Teseo, Rome, 1973/2005).
Have you heard of Breathwork? This is a question I ask at the beginning of my talk "An Introduction to Breathwork" I ask this question to get to know you, the audience.
Author: James Beard
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Have you heard of Breathwork? This is a question I ask at the beginning of my talk "An Introduction to Breathwork" I ask this question to get to know you, the audience. In 2003 when I first gave this talk about 5% of the audience would raise their hand. Now about 95% of the people raise their hand until I get specific and ask them what style have they heard of or experienced? A common answer has become, "I do Breathwork in my yoga class." And is how this book Pranayama and Breathwork came to be. It started out as a 45 page manual for yoga teacher trainings with a purpose to help the up and coming yoga teachers understand the difference between pranayama and Breathwork through experience and practice and like life, it evolved to what you are reading about right now. Inside you will find thirteen pranayamas, several different styles of breathwork and part of my journey through the world of breath this far.
This is a Kriya Yoga book intended to be read and practised by everyone, with/without initiation.
Author: Triloki Nath
Publisher: Ancient Kriya Yoga Mission
This is a Kriya Yoga book intended to be read and practised by everyone, with/without initiation. Every word uttered by a Yogi has a special meaning that is totally unintelligible to even the highly intellectual people. This book is written in such a way that everyone can follow it up while trading the path of Kriya. People think that they are very intelligent, but if they try to understand very seriously, they realize perfectly that nothing is happening according to their intellect. Only those whose breath is not blowing in the left or right nostril are intelligent in this world. When breathing is faster, then in one day and one night respiration can flow up to 113,680 times. Normally during the same time, the figure is 21,600 times. During a day and night, if respiration is faster than usual, the breath can flow in and out 113,680 times. Normally, in the course of a day and night, there are 21,600 breaths. This figure is reduced by Kriya practice to 2,000 times. So, breathing 1,000 times in the day and 1,000 times in the night, in a normal course, provides greater Tranquility to a Yogi. One of his breaths takes about 44 seconds. Such a Yogi is matured in Kriya practice. Thoughts are inseparably related to breathing. So, when the number of breaths is reduced, thoughts are reduced proportionately. Eventually, with the tranquilization of breath, thoughts are dissolved. Thereby, the seeker can attain the After-effect-poise of Kriya, or eternal Tranquility, which is Amrita, nectar proper.
A common answer he has heard is, "I do Breathwork in my yoga class." And this is how this book Pranayama and Breathwork came to be.
Author: James Beard
Have you heard of Breathwork? This is a question James asks at the beginning of his talk, "An Introduction to Breathwork" He asks this question to get to know you and the audience. In 2003 when he first gave this talk about 5% of the audience would raise their hand. Now about 95% of the people raise their hand until he gets specific and asks them what style have they heard of? A common answer he has heard is, "I do Breathwork in my yoga class." And this is how this book Pranayama and Breathwork came to be. It started out as a 45-page manual for Yoga Teacher Trainings YTT with a purpose to help the up and coming yoga teachers understand the difference through experience and practice. Then it evolved. Inside you will find Thirteen pranayamas, several different styles of Breathwork and part of James' incredible journey through the world of conscious breathing.
nadis ( channels ) , 8 nadi shodhan pranayama ( alternate nostril breathing ) , 72
, 73 natarajasana ( dancer pose ) ... 8 plough ( halasana ) , 55 postures ( asana )
, 124–25 practice sequences , 102–119 pranayama ( yoga breathing ) , 8 , 19 ...
Author: Rosemary Lesser
Publisher: Todtri Book Pub
A step-by-step guide to gentle stretching and total relaxation.
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previous Pranayamas , it will not be possible to hold the breath in Plavini
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generally have ...
Author: Umeshchandraji (Yogiraj)
On Hatha Yoga exercises with special reference to their therapeutic properties.
The students who practice intensive forms of pranayama , as enjoined in the
hatha yoga manuals , experience this intensity . In the advanced stages , the
body often perspires with the effort , and tingling sensations are felt at nerve
endings all ...
Author: Gopi Krishna
Publisher: Shambhala Publications
A classic first-person account of spiritual awakening, now in a revised and expanded edition. Krishna tells of his awakening to kundalini, a spiritual force said to be asleep in every human being which finds expression in the form of spiritual knowledge, mystical vision, psychic powers and enlightenment.
It should go a long way in helping yoga achieve the scientific recognition it deserves. Useful as both a textbook and a reference work, this is a book that all serious yoga teachers and practitioners will want on their shelves.
Author: David Coulter
Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass Publ.
his book combines the perspectives of a dedicated yogi with that of a former anatomy professor and research associate at two major American medicine schools. He has set himself the ambitious goal of combining the modern scientific under- standing of anatomy and physiology with the ancient practice of hatha yoga. The result of an obvious labour of love, the book explains hatha yoga in demystified, scientific terms while at the same time honouring its traditions. It should go a long way in helping yoga achieve the scientific recognition it deserves. Useful as both a textbook and a reference work, this is a book that all serious yoga teachers and practitioners will want on their shelves.