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Newsletter October, 2015

In this issue:

Sectional Deep Breathing (Vibhagiya Pranayama) with video

Sectional breathing (upper2)

The sectional breathing techniques are used as a preparation for the full, deep yogic breathing practice called Ujjayi Pranayama. Our normal breathing which happens involuntarily, 24 hours a day, is quite shallow and is felt only in the upper chest area. Which means that during normal breathing only the upper part of the lungs gets oxygenated. The sectional breathing technique can correct the breathing pattern and also help to increase lung capacity by encouraging fuller breathing into different areas of the lungs. Deep breathing into different parts of the lungs brings in abundant supply of fresh oxygen into these areas.

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Ardha Matsyendrasana (Spinal Twist) with video

Ardha-Matsyendrasana (spinal Twist)

Ardha-Matsyendrasana - अर्धमत्स्येन्द्रासन (Spinal Twist) is a very commonly practiced seated spinal twisting pose. The word is a composite of two Sanskrit words - ardha, meaning "half" and Matsyendra. The literal meaning of Matsyendra is "lord of fish". However, this pose is named after the great yogi, Matsyendranath, who according to some texts is considered one of the prominent forefathers of modern yoga practices. The pose allows the spine to be twisted all the way from the base of the spine to the very top.

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Subscribe to my youtube channel

As you can see from the video clips referenced in this newsletter, I have been adding short video sequences of asana and pranayama practices on my youtube channel. I hope you will find these video instructions helpful in your own home yoga practice. I invite you to subscribe to my video channel. That way you can stay abreast of all updates to the channel. I would appreciate any feedback and recommendations for future video sequences. 

Upcoming Programs

21-day Yoga Immersion, Oct 12 – Nov 1, 2015

Virabhadrasana (Warrior2)

I invite you to join me on this exciting and deeply rewarding 21-day yoga journey.

  • What: 21-day yoga immersion
  • When: Monday, October 12 - Sunday, November 1, 2015
  • Time: 6:00 AM - 7:30 AM
  • Where: 4000 Bear Cat Way, Suite 102, Morrisville, NC 27560
  • Cost: $125
  • Commitment:
    • A firm commitment to complete the program without missing a day
    • At the end of the program, continue the same practice at home for another 21 days to make it a life-long habit
  • Strongly recommended
    • 'sattvic', light, nutritious, VEGETARIAN food (no meat, poultry, fish or eggs)
    • No alcohol, drugs, tobacco or any other item of similar nature
    • A personal meditation practice of at least 15 minutes on  a daily basis

    To register: fill out the registration form, providing information in all the fields, and submit it online.

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Workshop - Kundalini, Chakras

  • What: Kundalini, Nadis, Chakras - part 2
  • When: Third Saturday of the month
  • Next Session: Saturday, October 17, 2015
  • Focus: Kundalini and Chakras
  • TIME: 2:00 - 4:00 PM
  • LOCATION: 4000 Bearcat Way, Suite 102, Morrisville, NC 27560
  • FEE: by voluntary donation
  • To register: please fill out the registration form

Yoga in the News

The surprising benefits of yoga for cancer patients, survivors

Yoga’s rejuvenating and therapeutic effects make it a popular exercise regime for millions of people. For breast cancer patients and survivors, yoga not only helps control physical functions like breathing, heart rate and blood pressure, it offers some surprising benefits, too.

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Johns Hopkins Researchers Find Yoga Can Improve Arthritis

A fair amount of research on the health benefits of yoga has been conducted thus far, but a team of researchers at Johns Hopkins took extra initiative and designed the largest known randomized study on yoga’s holistic health benefits in patients suffering from arthritis. The study, titled, “Yoga in Sedentary Adults with Arthritis: Effects of a Randomized Controlled Pragmatic Trial,” was published April 2015 in the Journal of Rheumatology, and suggests arthritis patients that practiced yoga for 8 weeks experienced notable improvements in both physical and mental wellbeing.

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Meditation transforms roughest San Francisco schools

At first glance, Quiet Time - a stress reduction strategy used in several San Francisco middle and high schools, as well as in scattered schools around the Bay Area - looks like something out of the om-chanting 1960s. Twice daily, a gong sounds in the classroom and rowdy adolescents, who normally can't sit still for 10 seconds, shut their eyes and try to clear their minds. I've spent lots of time in urban schools and have never seen anything like it.

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Have a question/suggestion?

If you have a yoga-related question, please write to me and I would do my best to provide an answer in a timely manner. I would love to hear your suggestions for future newsletter articles.

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