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Pranayama aka Breath Control

Breathing… so essential to life, yet it is something that we probably don’t pay much attention to. For almost all of my life, I had never had to think about breathing. It is second nature, with every inhale and exhale running like clockwork. Until I have to write 4 yoga

An analysis of Svarga Dvijasana (Bird of Paradise)

Like many other yoga poses, Svarga Dvijasana, or Bird of Paradise, is a standing pose that require flexibility and more importantly stability. The name comes from the resemblance of the body in this pose to the shape of the tropical bird of paradise flower. Image by: Phil Feyerabend (Gardeningknowhow) and

Yoga – a poem

Started every early morning Every movement was easy As everyone else slept It would just flow And the world around me Would just go slow   Wake up! It was just a dream You are not so Zen You don’t wake up so early Most of the time Everything is

Meditation; the 7th Limb of Yoga

“There is no peace in the world. If there is any peace, it is only in meditation. At first everyone does false meditation. But this false meditation turns into true meditation by regular practice.”  ~ Baba Hari Das   Most people who I talk to about meditation simply say they

Utthita Hasta Padangustasana

Pronounced: utt-HEE-tuh AH-stuh PAH-DAHN-goo-St-HAH-suh-nuh This pose is a powerful one, and one I always anticipate when doing the primary series.  It’s the first posture that requires 3 things of the body; strength, flexibility, and balance.  It’s the pose that distinguishes the regular practitioners and the casual student.  It tests your

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