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Lesson Learned: Ujjayi Breath

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To bring a deeper awareness of the postures by internalizing attention. Let’s learn Ujjayi breath.  Unlike regular diaphragmatic breathing, where the throat is relaxed and the breath is silent, ujjayi uses an audible vibration with some purposeful tension. This type of breathing during asana or some pranayamas soothes the nerves and calms the mind.  The sound naturally draws attention to the nerves and calms …

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Lesson Learned: Body Tension

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Discovering the roots of our tension. Today, through breath and body awareness, we’re going to work with and through our body tension. In the yogic perspective, every tension has a cause that lies behind it. Ask yourself today what’s causing you to be tense?  Where do you hold this tension? Tension could originate from many things: a relationship, work, anger, fatigue, …

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Lesson Learned: Softening the Edges

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To train the body and mind to surrender to the practice. Pushing and relaxing are opposing actions. Pushing creates tension and resistance, in both the mind and the body; relaxing releases tension. It’s true; if you don’t go far enough in your asanas, there will be little stretch and you will probably not increase the range of asanas within your …

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Lesson Learned: Benefits of Yoga

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To create awareness of the benefits of yoga practice. Yoga is ultimately a journey into truth + relationship: truth about who you really are, what you are capable of, how your actions affect your life. Truth is the only medicine that ever “cures” us; it is the only means by which we can live at our full, incredible potential. At …

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Lesson Learned: Diaphragmatic Breathing

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To illustrate and educate students on the value of diaphragmatic breathing. The very foundation of our yoga practice is to learn to breathe properly and completely.  We refer to this as breathing from our diaphragm or diaphragmatic breathing.  Diaphragmatic breathing allow us to slow down our heat rate, bring our blood pressure down, clear or minds and relax our muscles. …

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Lesson Learned: First Class Facts

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Our blog series entitled Lesson Learned is designed from a teachers perspective. We see so much, feel so much and have learned so much. This is our sharing ground from the front of the room. If you would like to read more from this series, please click here: http://yogasamatva.com/?s=lesson+learned For any yoga teacher, a class is filled with those new …

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Lesson Learned: Beginning Lessons

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Welcome to our new blog series Lesson Learned: A Teachers Perspective. We see so much, feel so much and have learned so much. This is our sharing ground from the front of the room. Welcome to the ancient science of yoga. Before we begin, I want to go over a few things you should know to make your experience in …