There is one yogic breathing technique that can be practiced anytime by just about anyone: Ujjayi pranayama.
The word Ujjayi means “victorious” in Sanskrit. The prefix ud means upward and superior, and jaya (from root ji) means to conquer and have victory over. Consistent practice of ujjayi breath, can lead to victorious results for your body and mind.Read More›
Acupuncture is a tool that helps to normalize imbalances in the human energetic system. It certainly is effective at eliminating symptomology and restoring health; yet, it is important for people to continue working on themselves, as there is no shortage of stressors in modern-day society. Chinese Medicine as a whole emphasizes the need for the human individual to live in harmony with Nature and to keep disease at bay through proper lifestyle and thinking that is balanced and heart-centered.Read More›
Simply put, we are energetic beings living in a world that is full of energy. In fact this experience that we call life is nothing but a play of energy and vibration. This energy is experienced, felt, seen, and heard in myriad ways – whether in the form of humans, trees, animals, rocks, houses, weather systems, or wireless networks. The universe is nothing but a play of energy in multiple forms and layers of vibratory expression. The human being is an energetic microcosm within this macrocosmic universe, and its life-force is largely dependent on the healthy flow of vital energy. The ancient Chinese termed this vital energy “Qi” (also read as “Chi”), and its flow throughout the body dictates the strength and vitality of a human being.Read More›
The other day, I was fortunate to receive a nourishing and absolutely reinvigorating table Thai massage from Fran Ray at Arogya. I’m not surprised to report that I’m still feeling the benefits. Thai massage is a healing modality that incorporates acupressure, energy meridian work, compression, and yoga-like stretches together. Fran also compliments her work with ashiatsu back walking, which is also called foot pressure massage.Read More›
One of the countless things I love about summer is how the added heat and humidity makes my yoga practice feel even more cleansing, relaxing, and opening than usual. With the additional warmth and sun, however, also comes added precaution to take on the yoga mat as we’re at a greater risk of dehydration and overheating.
We hope the tips outlined in this blog can help you maintain a full and healthy practice all summer long.Read More›
For most of us, the mind can be a difficult thing to focus when we meditate, especially if you’re newer to a practice. Here’s a technique that can help rein that wandering mind in: the use of japa mala beads.Read More›
First, what is a mantra?
The word mantra, which literally means “instrument of thought” in Sanskrit, originally described sacred and vibrational sounds or Sanskrit words or phonemes repeated as an offering or to deepen one’s meditative state. As the world has grown smaller and more interconnected, the definition of mantra has expanded to mean a phrase, in any language, repeated with regularity.Read More›
Occasionally, yoga students will ask what are the best ways to sit during meditation. Today, let’s examine 4 basic meditative seats that can help your practice and your posture. Each of these poses encourage an upright spine, which helps the breath flow deeply and the mind remain alert. They’re also excellent seats for practicing pranayama, or breath control exercises.Read More›