Diaphragmatic breathing

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Breathe. Exhale. Repeat. The benefits of controlled breathing

It seems science is finally showing evidence of the benefits of breathing on our mind and body – something yogis and buddhists have knows for thousands of years. In yoga we call it pranayama; meaning breath control. There are many different types of pranayama that may be practiced in yoga. 

If I am feeling stressed, I will practice breathing […]

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Benefits of the breath

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Go to any yoga class and you’ll hear your teacher constantly remind you to notice your breathing; when to inhale and exhale as you move your body through various poses. We breathe without thinking about it but so many of us breathe shallowly and even incorrectly!

When we breathe, our belly should gently rise and when we exhale our […]

Why workplace yoga is the new black

This article first appeared on www.zenyogastrap.com

Today, unique company benefits are quickly becoming the norm. Many employees no longer see these benefits as luxuries offered only at cutting-edge companies – they expect them and might even see them as the deciding factor in choosing which company to work for. Among a plethora of employee benefits like […]

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Yoga vs the gym: 6 ways yoga adds to your workout

 

I recently taught a yoga class for a group of strong women. I say that as I know they all regularly work out at the gym. They use weight bearing machines and they are committed to remaining strong and active particularly as they get older.

We warmed up our joints and spine before beginning a few […]

What I learned from meeting my ego

I came across this article from Elephant Journal and I think it describes the separation of ego and self brilliantly and clearly.

After reading it try this simple exercise.

Close your eyes and focus on your breath; your belly rising on your inhale and falling on your exhale.

Move your awareness to your mind (ego). Just observe the […]

How to practice mindful commuting

Being stuck in traffic, selfish drivers or standing trapped beneath armpits on a slow and smelly train are frustrations that can affect your mood and emotions. Maybe you always start your day on a positive note, (even if it is Monday) but you’d have to be a damn near saint to keep your positivity after […]