The Yoga of Breath

A Step-by-Step Guide to Pranayama

Author: Richard Rosen

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 0834825783

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 320

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For several thousand years, yogis have drawn on the powerful practice of pranayama, a technique of controlling the breath to maximize prana or life energy. Pranayama has been practiced to rejuvenate the body and as a means of self-study and self-transformation. While most yoga practitioners today focus on asanas, or body postures, a growing number of people are learning the complementary practice of pranayama to deepen and enrich their practice. The Yoga of Breath is a guide to learning the fundamentals of pranayama and incorporating them into an existing yoga practice. Rosen's approach is easy to follow with step-by-step descriptions of breath and body awareness exercises accompanied by clear illustrations. The book also covers the history and philosophy of pranayama, offers useful practice tips, and teaches readers how to use props to enhance the exercises.

Pranayama Beyond the Fundamentals

An In-depth Guide to Yogic Breathing with Instructional CD

Author: Richard Rosen

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 1590302982

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 214

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A follow-up to THE YOGA OF BREATH, this book with instructional CD is for the growing number of committed yoga students who are looking for more sophisticated breathing techniques to accompany their deepening yoga practice. Some kind of pranayama exercise is a regular feature in most yoga classes, and this book brings the serious practitioner to a more advanced level. Among the many yoga books now available, this is the only guide to advanced pranayama practices - from an author well-known through Yoga Journal and yoga conferences for his expertise in this area. Topics include guidance with props and postures, a suggested practice schedule, and breathing techniques for * revitalizing energy in the entire body * stimulating and awakening the brain and bringing energy to the sense organs, especially the eyes, ears, and tongue * bringing energy down the spine, exploring the central channel * enlivening the inner organs for overall health The enclosed instructional CD by the author offers a variety of practices so that the listener can create her own pranayama class, with guidance from the author in the appendix. This book also includes twenty-five line drawings that illustrate key poses.

Pranayama the Breath of Yoga

Author: Gregor Maehle,Roxanne Cox

Publisher: Lightning Source Incorporated

ISBN: 9780977512621

Category: Cooking

Page: 338

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In his third book Gregor Maehle aims at bringing about a renaissance of pranayama, the yogic school of breathing. For millennia pranayama was considered to be the quintessential yogic limb, yoga's main motor for spiritual evolution. To show pranayama's importance Maehle supports his findings at every turn with hundreds of quotations from yogic scripture. With unprecedented detail the author shows how pranayama is used to connect posture practice to yogic meditation and why it will accelerate your progress in both. Also covered are: - how pranayama creates health and its use in therapeutic application - mental and spiritual benefits of pranayama - the function of prana and the effects of pranayama - effect of pranayama on brain hemisphericity and balance of the nervous system - purpose of breath retentions and their precise technical application - in depth guidelines for the practice of pranayama - illustrations of the major pranayama and kriya techniques - the use of mantra and digital counting during pranayama - the appropriate diet and postures for pranayama - the importance and use of bandhas and kriyas before and during pranayama - how to set free your breathing pattern through exercising breath waves - descriptions of the classical pranayamas such as Nadi Shodhana, Bhastrika, Surya Bhedana with never before seen detail - how pranayama relates to raising Kundalini - a workable order in which techniques are to be learned and put into sequence with other yogic limbs - pranayama as it relates to the stages of life Gregor Maehle is practising and researching all aspects of yoga since 1982. He lived for several years in India studying with a variety of yogic masters and sadhus. He has previously published Ashtanga Yoga Practice and Philosophy and Ashtanga Yoga The Intermediate Series, which have been translated into several languages.

The Tibetan Yoga of Breath

Breathing Practices for Healing the Body and Cultivating Wisdom

Author: Anyen Rinpoche,Allison Choying Zangmo

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 0834829177

Category: Religion

Page: 160

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Modern science and classic spiritual traditions agree: regulating the breath leads to radiance and wellness of body, mind, and spirit. With the simple teachings and cutting-edge research offered in The Tibetan Yoga of Breath, you can start thriving just by integrating breathwork into your daily practice. Basic Yantra Yoga techniques—also called wind energy training—are the key to achieving this kind of vitality, down to the cellular level. Anyen Rinpoche and Allison Choying Zangmo skillfully examine the teachings of Yantra Yoga and Buddhism through the lens of Western medical science. Their wise and accessible instruction reveals practices that are nourishing and transformative, delivering dramatic results—no experience with yoga or Buddhist meditation necessary.

The Power of Breath and Hand Yoga

Pranayama and mudras for health and well-being

Author: Christine Burke

Publisher: Ryland Peters & Small

ISBN: 1782497544

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 144

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Discover how to heal both body and mind using only your breath and your hands. In The Power of Breath and Hand Yoga, Christine Burke shows how you already have all you need to heal both physical and emotional conditions and improve your overall wellbeing. Breath awareness has been linked to calming the body and brain, regulating blood pressure, improving memory and immune function, preventing heart attacks and easing chronic pain and asthma. Mudras are known as ‘yoga for the hands’: they are hand poses and positions that channel energy and offer a point of focus during meditation. First, Christine teaches you a range of breathing techniques and reveals the background behind mudras and how best to use them, and then she offers breath and mudra practices for 36 conditions, divided into body and mind. Each practice also includes a ‘jewel thought’ meditation, which can accompany the breath technique and/or mudra.

The Yoga of Sound

Tapping the Hidden Power of Music and Chant

Author: Russill Paul

Publisher: New World Library

ISBN: 9781577318132

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 336

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For thousands of years Hindu spirituality has understood the profound effect that sound has on our well-being. From this tradition comes The Yoga of Sound, which draws on yoga's long history of applying sound to reduce stress, maintain health, and invoke spiritual awakenings. In lucid exercises presented both in the book and on accompanying downloadable audio tracks, Russill Paul shows how everyone can learn the art of mantra and how these practices can help to optimize the flow of energy within the body and enhance emotional well-being.

Yoga for Fibromyalgia

Move, Breathe, and Relax to Improve Your Quality of Life

Author: Shoosh Lettick Crotzer

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 1930485611

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 128

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Fibromyalgia is characterized by widespread pain in muscles, ligaments, and tendons, as well as fatigue and multiple tender points (places on the body where slight pressure causes pain). Although mainstream medicine has yet to devise a successful plan for treating fibromyalgia, yoga offers sensible strategies for managing—and sometimes overcoming—the pain. Written by a yoga teacher and suitable for both yoga novices and veterans, this book is grounded in simple movements, breathing techniques, and guided visualization and relaxation sessions. Readers learn to reduce stress and manage fibromyalgia through eight sequences: four for pain relief, one to diminish fatigue and improve sleep, and three for maintaining body awareness and general flexibility. The author's simple, supportive language and mixture of theory, practice, and the latest scientific data offer hope for one of today's most challenging health conditions.

The Power of Breath

Yoga Breathing for Inner Balance, Health and Harmony

Author: Swami Saradananda

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781525246128

Category: Medical

Page: 256

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A clear, accessible guide to how to revolutionize your life through conscious, healthy breathing, written by a highly experienced yoga and meditation teacher Beautifully illustrated with a combination of evocative artwork and serene photography that accompanies the easy-to-follow step-by-step text While firmly rooted in the yoga tradition, this book offers up the tools for absolutely anyone to enhance their well-being - from yoga practitioners and meditators to insomniacs, stressed-out city dwellers, vocal performers, sportspeople and much more Synopsis: Breathing is the most fundamental of our body's physical processes and our most intimate companion, yet most of us give it little or no thought in our daily lives. However, once fully acknowledged and harnessed, the power of the breath is unlimited - easing stress and anxiety, boosting energy and stamina, enhancing self-confidence, sharpening the ability to focus, strengthening quality of voice and even helping to relieve pain. A Sanskrit proverb claims, 'If you breathe well, you will live long on earth.' Renowned yoga teacher Swami Saradananda aims with The Power of Breath to give gentle yet powerful guidance on the art of breathing. The introduction explains the basics of breathing and the complex connection between the breath and the subtle body as seen in yogic terms, as well as offering advice on rediscovering natural breathing and preparing for breathing exercises. The sections that follow then lead the reader through five types of breath as classified in the yogic tradition, each related to a particular type of energy, or life force - vitalizing (prana), nourishing (samana), expansive (vyana), cleansing (apana) and expressive (udana). Over 30 life-enriching breathing exercises are explained within these sections, each one beautifully illustrated for clarity and maximum visual appeal. A final section of mini breathing programmes helps you to target specific common ailments and issues such as asthma, skin disorders, depression, lethargy and phobias as well as harnessing your breath to enhance vocal, dramatic or sports performance. With evocative artwork, inspiring photography and easy-to-follow guidance, this book will enhance and affirm your daily life through the power of breathwork.

Breath, Mind, and Consciousness

Author: Harish Johari

Publisher: Inner Traditions / Bear & Co

ISBN: 9780892812523

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 85

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Introduces Swar Yoga, advises conscious observation and control of breathing patterns to maximize energy and vitality, and suggests exercises for physical and psychic healing

The Yoga Book

A Practical Guide to Self -realization

Author: Kriyananda Swami,Stephen Sturgess

Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass Publ.

ISBN: 9788120819900

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Page: 302

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The Yoga Book is a core text - it explains the true meaning of Yoga, and demonstrates the practices and postures of Ashtanga Yoga that will enable the reader to achieve mastery over the mind and body and can eventually lead to Self-Realization. Through the practice of Yoga we can directly bring stillness to the restless mind and body, giving a true, lasting happiness, from inner peace and contentment. Stephen Sturgess has based his comprehensive book on the classical teachings of Patanjali, who over 1500 years ago distilled elements of earlier forms of yoga into a system of study and practice. It is an authoritative, inspirational and practical guide to the benefits and fulfilment that can be attained by the dedicated practice of Yoga. Contents Acknowledgements, Dedication, Preface, What is Yoga? Foreword by Sri Kriyananda, 1. The Subtle Bodies and the Chakras, The Physical Body, The Astral Body, The Causal Body, The Soul, The Chakras: Your Inner Universe, Locating the Chakras, 2. Yama, Ashtanga Yoga: The Eight Limbs of Yoga, The Relationship between yama and niyama, The Principles and Practice of Yama, Ahimsa: Non-violence, Non-injury, Non-harming, Satya: Non-lying, Truthfulness, Asteya: Non-stealing, Brahmacharya: Non-sensuality, Aparigraha: Non-attachment, Non-greed, 3. Niyama, Saucha: Cleanliness, Purity, Santosha: Contentment, Tapas: Austerity, Svadhaya: Self-study, Isvarapranidhana: Surrender to God, 4. Asana, What is Hatha Yoga?, Purification, Fasting for Purification, The Yogic Diet, Bandhas, Mudras, 5. Pranayama, Prana, the Vital Energy of the Universe, The Five Life-Forces of the Body, Guidelines for the Practice of Pranayama, Swara Yoga, Four Different Methods, of Breathing, Hand Mudras for controlling the breath, Pranayama Techniques, Pranic Healing, 6. Pratyahara, The Senses, The Practice of Pratyahara, 7. Dharana, Achieving Dharana, Interiorizing and Concentrating the Mind, Other Techniques that Help Concentration, 8. Dhyana, Why We Need to Meditate, The Practice of Meditation, Kriya yoga: An Advanced Spiritual Accelerator, 9. Samadhi, The Difference Between Meditation (Dhyana) and Samadhi, The Stages of Samadhi, Further Reading, Useful Addresses, Other Resources, Glossary, Index.
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