What is Pranayama?

Breathe

How often do you stop and pay attention to your breath?

Do you notice even now that you’re only breathing into your chest?

Did you just take a big deep breath?!

Most of us have an incomplete breath pattern due to modern day life (stress, sitting, slouching, and habitual breathing patterns) but yoga can help!

Yoga is more than a physical practice of poses. Part of the practice of yoga includes pranayama which means breath control, or breath expansion. It is the process of noticing our habitual breath patterns and learning to control and/or expand the breath and consequently, your energy.

Through different pranayama techniques, you can learn to use the breath to calm yourself in stressful or fearful situations. You can use the breath to clear your mind and help you focus. On days where you’re feeling tired and sluggish, you can energize the body with the breath, whereas when you’re feeling the heat of the Texas summer, you can practice a technique to cool and calm the physical body and mind.

There are many different pranayama techniques, some are simple and some are very complex. Exploring pranayama can be a fantastic addition to a yogi’s practice.  It can empower you to change your mood, enhance your asana practice, and bring focus to your meditation.  It’s something you can practice anywhere, anytime!

Yoga Mudras: Abhaya Hridaya

An introduction to the fearless heart mudra.

This one is a little tricker than previous ones to get your hands around but is a great mudra to practice during times of stress or when you're feeling anxious. 

 

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Yoga Mudras: Hakini Mudra

An introduction to Hakini Mudra.

It's super simple to do and can help with concentration and memory which is especially useful if you do presentations at school or in meetings, or if you just have trouble remembering things!

It can also help with clarity of thought which in turn helps with decision making.

Check out this video to find out more about how, why, and when to use Hakini Mudra!

 

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New Chair Yoga Classes

We are excited to be adding Chair Yoga to our regular schedule!

This gentle yoga class will be held every Thursday 10-11am at Paradigm Yoga in Jasper.

Check out the video to learn more about what chair yoga is!

 

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Yoga Mudras: Jnana Mudra & Chin Mudra

Welcome back to our series of videos about the mudras (hand gestures) of yoga. This video introduces Jnana Mudra and Chin Mudra.

Jnana: knowledge/wisdom

Chin: consciousness

Mudra: seal or sign

Check out the video for more information on how, why and when to do these mudras!

 

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Yoga Mudras: Anjali Mudra

Welcome to the first in our series of videos about the mudras (hand gestures) of yoga. This video introduces Anjali Mudra (aka prayer position / salutation seal).

Anjali: offering

Mudra: seal or sign

How to do it: Simply join your hands, palm to palm, in front of your chest, fingers pointing upwards.

Why practice this gesture? This mudra is calming & centering, it connects you to your heart and evokes feelings of humility, reverence and devotion.

When to practice: This mudra can be practiced at any time you need to take a moment to center yourself.

Begin your yoga asana practice in sukhasana (easy crossed leg pose) taking a moment to hold this mudra while setting an intention for your practice. Explore using the gesture during asana (poses) such as tadasana (mountain), vrksasana (tree) and utkatasana (chair). Experiment using it during any other poses in which you wish to feel centered. Each time you practice the gesture notice the feeling of calm it brings, and come back to the intention you set at the beginning of your practice.

Try practicing this mudra in your next meditation, rooting your thumbs down towards the base of your sternum and holding the gesture for the duration of your meditation.

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The Yoga Sutras Of Patanjali

Yoga Sutras

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali is a compilation of classical yoga teachings that were passed down orally before Patanjali (also known as the 'father of yoga') recorded them.

Believed to be over 4000 years old, there are 196 sutras (literally meaning 'thread') that describe what yoga is, why it is important, how to practice it and what might come as a result of regular practice. It's teachings include ethics, meditation, physical postures and directions for dealing with obstacles and every day life.

The text is a lot to contemplate in one go! It is intended to be referred to again and again; at different times in your life and yogi journey, different sutras will speak to you.

These eight steps basically act as guidelines on how to live a meaningful and purposeful life. What Patanjali has described as the completion of the yogic path is what, deep down, all human beings aspire to: peace.

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