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The practice of yog

Approaching the victorious path of Pranayama (Part 2)

Home Yoga Practice

Now that I have covered some of the main prerequisites for Pranayama, now I will teach how to do Ujjayi I and II. The word Ujjayi combines the words “expanding” (Ud) and “victorious” (Jaya) which may refer to the expansion of the chest, and the feeling of being a “champion” with the posturing of a wide and lifted chest. The I and II levels are taught from supported Savasana (corpse pose.)

First you need a proper blanket setup. My preferred Pranayama setup is with three Mexican style blankets. Notice that the fringes are opposite to create an even surface and notice the trifold of the “pillow” blanket.

pranayama blankets

See the instructions for Savasana for more detail about getting into the pose. The spine has to roll down evenly and the right and left side have to be even.

With the blankets you see the chest opening is exaggerated. This allows the…

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Āsana de Março: Sālamba Sarvāṅgāsana 1

Benevolente rainhaĀlamba = acessório, suporte.Sa = junto com; acompanhado de.Sālamba = Suportado ou apoiado.Sarva = tudo, inteiro, completo.Aṅga = membro ou corpo.Sarvāṅga = todo corpo ou todos os membros.Em Sālamba Sarvāṅgāsana 1 o corpo inteiro é beneficiado, por isso o nome.A invertida sobre os ombros vem classificada no Light on Yoga com o grau de dificuldade…

Entrevista com Edwin Bryant sobre os Yoga Sutras de Patanjali

Excelente a entrevista com o professor americano Edwin Bryant, autor da edição revisada dos Yoga Sutras de Patanjali cujo prefácio o próprio BKS Iyengar escreveu. Como ele muito bem diz, há apenas três sutras referentes à prática de asanas ao longo desta escritura, equivalendo, aproximadamente, a 1% de tudo o que é dito ali. Se você…

Approaching the victorious path of Pranayama (Part 1)

Home Yoga Practice


To further refine one’s home practice, Pranayama is essential. It is not a practice one approaches in a standard one-size-fits-all format as everyone has their own cardiovascular and respiratory rhythms. But certain fundamentals must be learned before one tries on their own. The Iyengars and the Hatha Yoga Pratipika warn that Pranayama practiced unskillfully can have damaging effects on the nervous system. In short, Pranayama is not merely “breathing exercises.” Pranayama is just as the name implies: management of the body’s “pranic” or energetic system.

B.K.S. Iyengar warned that one must not approach Pranayama casually and mechanically. Just as there are refinements in Asana, there are extremely subtle refinements in Pranayama. Again, these cannot be seen easily if at all by the teacher, so it is up to the practitioner to understand what needs to be refined.

One’s mental state cannot be agitated before doing or while in Pranayama. If that…

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Friday Q&A: How to Stretch?

Q: How long should I hold a stretch for maximum benefits?A: Before I answer this reader’s question, I’d like to give provide background on flexibility and stretching in general. To start, I’d like to clarify exactly what I mean by “flexibility.” One accepted definition that I like is: Flexibility is defined as the ability to move…

Yoga Pose Breakdown: Dhanurasana – Bow Pose

Sanskrit Name: Dhanurasana (don-your-AHS-anna) Dhanu = BowAsana = Pose Get Started: :: Begin by lying on your belly with your hands by your sides, palms up :: Bend your knees :: Bring your feet as close to your buttocks as possible :: Reach back and grab hold of the outside of your feet or ankles :: Bring your…