This set of instructional and informative videos are designed to teach you how to utilize the power of the breath to transform your life. By learning how to consciously shape your breath you can easily manage stress and tension, boost your immune system, feel more energy and vitality, find clarity and be more focused, sleep better and even feel a deeper connection to Self and your purpose. These videos are great tools for yoga practitioners who desire more from their practice, meditators who want to have a deeper meditation experience or those who want to have a better quality of life.
This video set is the first of a two part series. In this first series, The Power of the Breath, you will learn 6 simple to do, yet profoundly efficient and effective, breathing techniques of yoga (pranayama) for various mental and health benefits including:
Reduce anxiety and depression
Lower / stabilize blood pressure
Increase energy levels
Decrease feelings of stress and overwhelm
Instant mental clarity
Normalizing circadian rhythms helping you to sleep
Balance your emotions and calm your mind
You will also gain a better understanding of why these techniques work and why they are so revered in the yoga world.
3 therapeutic breathing practices are provided for you to use based upon your needs for that day. Use the techniques individually or the longer practices I've provided. Each can be easily adjusted in length to suit your lifestyle and you will still receive incredible benefits in only minutes.
WARNING: Practicing these techniques can change your life.
What is Yoga? Many in the West believe it is only the sequencing of movements. However, it is much more according to the yoga tradition.
How does the mind and the body actually interact and how do we achieve this connection? This lecture will cover how the mind and body relate to one another and how the breath affects both.
This lecture explains the importance of the energetic layer of the body and the pathways, called nadis, that make up this system. It also explains how the energetic layer of the body can be altered breath.
Learn about the importance of the Autonomic Nervous System (Sympathetic and Parasympathetic) on our overall health and how to it is possible to impact this system through consciously shaping the breath.
Learn the benefits to utilizing these valuable breathing techniques.
This is the most accessible breathing technique and is the fundamental breathing technique used throughout a yoga practice. It can be utilized anywhere to immediately create a sense of calm throughout the body and mind. The only contraindication would be to not practice with a head cold combined with congestion.
Kapalbhati, also known as Breath of Fire or Skull Shining Breath, is a technique used to produce instant mental clarity. Other benefits include creating a sense of vitality, clears lungs of stale residual air and saturates the cells with oxygen and strengthens diaphragm, heart and nervous system.
Do not practice after overeating, if you have high blood pressure, emphysema, or severe lung conditions, abdominal cancer, colitis, stomach ulcers, hernia or if you are pregnant or have a head cold with congestion.
Bhastrika breathing relieves lethargy, clears the mind and is a nice preparation for alternate nostril breathing because it oxygenates the system supporting longer inhalations, exhalations and holds.
Do not practice if you suffer from schizophrenia or other mental imbalances, are pregnant, have a head cold, earache, or if you have chronic respiratory imbalances.
Nadi Shodhana is a fundamental breathing technique that has a vast array of benefits. Think balance when you think of this breathing technique: balance the right and left hemispheres of the brain, mind body balance, sun and moon aspects (masculine / feminine), the heating and cooling systems and the circadian rhythms of the body. You will certainly feel more grounded, clear minded, emotionally calm and focused after practicing this breath work.
Do not practice if nasal passages are fully blocked (can be practiced visually if congested) and do not practice over zealously.
These techniques create a cooling effect on the body and emotions. Practice if you are feeling physically, mentally or emotionally over heated. Great for women experiences the effects of menopause.
Soothe the nervous systems, reduce stress, sleep better and feel more relaxed. This buzzing meditation is also incredibly effective in reducing that endless mental chatter so you can be more focused.
A breathing practice combing Ujjayi to center, leading into Kapalbhati to purify and focus the mind. Ending with several rounds of Nadi Shodhana (alternate nostril breathing) will aid in balance of mind, emotions and body. Great for boosting the immune system. Use when you need the mind to be clear and to have more energy for your day.
*My apologies for forgetting the 'H' in Shodhana on the white board. This is a great opportunity to add the intention to your practice that we are all striving for excellence, not perfection. Do the best you can with these practices and things will unfold naturally.
Find clarity while staying cool. A combination of ujjayi, bhastrika and sitali techniques.
A longer practice of alternate nostril breathing with breath retention. This is great preparation for meditation or when you are feeling particular stressed or in need of clarity and balance.
Lynsie believes we have the ability to transform our lives, no matter our background or history. She understands that creating a foundation is the key to building anything. Her foundation is yoga, meditation and connection to Nature and community. Through her continuous studies with her teacher, daily practice and experiential learning, she gathers information to share helping you transform and enliven your own life.
It is her goal to create a platform of change, support and guidance for us all to grow, evolve and share our unique gifts.