Yoga & Pranayama

  • Gifts for Yoga Lovers
    • Yoga & Pranayama
    • 6 days ago
    Gifts for Yoga Lovers

    Read this article to find the perfect gift selections for yogis in particular. Here you will find helpful suggestions from our Banyan inventory of items that make for great gifts for yoga teachers and enthusiasts alike.

  • Feeling Anxious? Try This Calming Pranayama
    • Yoga & Pranayama
    • November 04, 2019
    Feeling Anxious? Try This Calming Pranayama

    Reduce excess vata in the fall is with the energetic breathing practice Brahmari Pranayama, the Bee Humming Breath. This practice helps relax the mind and therefore relax the physiology.

  • Balance Your Body and Mind with Fall Yoga
    • Yoga & Pranayama
    • October 01, 2019
    Balance Your Body and Mind with Fall Yoga

    Find balance and tranquility with this gentle yoga sequence. Calming for all three doshas, this sequence focuses on vinyasa in its truest sense. It incorporates smooth breathing and moderate to slow continuous movement.

  • Yoga for When You're Too Busy for Yoga
    • Yoga & Pranayama
    • September 23, 2019
    Yoga for When You're Too Busy for Yoga

    When push comes to shove, it's easy to forgo our good intentions because the demands of life beckon our attention (and consume our time). Read this article for a simple yet powerful practice for busy days. 

  • Yoga and Meditation for Improved Focus and Awareness
    • Yoga & Pranayama
    • September 03, 2019
    Yoga and Meditation for Improved Focus and Awareness

    Yoga and meditation can be of great help when it comes to mental clarity and focus. Here are some yoga asanas and a meditation technique to sharpen and improve memory and concentration.

  • 10 Gentle Yoga Stretches You Can Do in Bed
    • Yoga & Pranayama
    • August 15, 2019
    10 Gentle Yoga Stretches You Can Do in Bed

    Find out which poses you can practice in your very own bed! Whether you’re just beginning your day or unwinding before sleep, these ten easy postures can help to stretch and strengthen your hips, back, and belly, support your nervous system, stimulate digestion, and bring awareness to your breath.

  • A Powerful Pranayama for Keeping Cool
    • Yoga & Pranayama
    • August 02, 2019
    A Powerful Pranayama for Keeping Cool

    Discover a breathing practice helpful during times of excess heat—particularly in the summer. Read this article to learn how this pranayama can have a powerful cooling effect on your body, mind, and spirit. 

  • Why Including Ayurveda in Your Yoga Game Will Change Everything
    • Yoga & Pranayama
    • July 05, 2019
    Why Including Ayurveda in Your Yoga Game Will Change Everything

    Ayurveda and Yoga are dubbed sister sciences and like sisters can be, they are inseparable. Imbedded in each system are practices to heal physically, mentally, and spiritually when disharmony arises.

  • 15 Reasons to Start Every Morning with Yoga
    • Yoga & Pranayama
    • May 29, 2019
    15 Reasons to Start Every Morning with Yoga

    Are you an early riser? Do you enjoy waking up with the sun? Most people love their sleep, and many people don’t get enough of it. The idea of deliberately rising even just 5 minutes earlier each day can be a painful one. 

  • The Best Yoga Poses for Moving Kapha and Lymph
    • Yoga & Pranayama
    • April 16, 2019
    The Best Yoga Poses for Moving Kapha and Lymph

    Kapha has a strong association with the lymphatic system. A yoga sequence that moves the lymph should include pranayama, vigorous movement, some inversion poses, and some twisting. Learn which yoga poses you can do at home to get the lymphatic fluid moving and keep kapha balanced.

  • Yoga for the Doshas
    • Yoga & Pranayama
    • March 29, 2019
    Yoga for the Doshas

    The word “yoga” means union, and the essence of Yoga is to unite with your true nature. The paramount theme of yoga at its core is the same as Ayurveda—to return to your true nature. As Yoga is Ayurveda’s sister science, Yoga and Ayurveda share themes and principles. Yoga is fantastic for everyone because there are a variety of styles and poses that can be selected, adapted, and modified to complement anyone’s mind-body constitution.

  • Ayurvedic Asana: 9 Yoga Poses for Cleansing
    • Yoga & Pranayama
    • March 22, 2019
    Ayurvedic Asana: 9 Yoga Poses for Cleansing

    The purpose of yoga is to align the mind, body, and breath, creating stability, calmness, clarity, and a sense of inner peace. When we bring together the mind, body, and breath, we access the opportunity to be present in this moment rather than spending time spinning our wheels in the what-ifs of the future and the regrets of the past.

  • Heart Opening Yoga
    • Yoga & Pranayama
    • February 08, 2019
    Heart Opening Yoga

    "Heart-opening yoga" is a term often associated with images of various back-bending yoga postures. While these chest-forward expressions are helpful in creating space, a student can perform backbends until Armageddon and still have restriction to the heart chakra and the flow of prana, our life force. Being bendy is good but having a truly open heart is vital. Read this article to find out how to implement the other seven limbs of yoga into your practice to truly open your heart space. 

  • Yoga that Kids Will Love
    • Yoga & Pranayama
    • August 02, 2018
    Yoga that Kids Will Love

    Yoga with children may, at first, seem like a bit of an oxymoron. And yet, they are natural yogis with a lot to teach us about yoga, and, perhaps, a lot to teach us about life. Children love to “imitate” animals and nature. They know how to BE a Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana). They also make really good Cats (Marjaryasana) and Cows (Bitilasana), “meows” and “moos” included. They make beautiful Trees (Vrksasana) and growing flowers and bamboo blowing in the wind. Let your yoga space be a barnyard. Let it be a story. Let it be fun.

  • Inversions in Yoga: Shifting Your Perspective
    • Yoga & Pranayama
    • July 10, 2018
    Inversions in Yoga: Shifting Your Perspective

    When you are stuck in life, a shift in perspective can do wonders. Practicing an inversion may be just what you need to see the world from a different viewpoint.

  • A Breathing Practice for the Next Time You’re Stressed
    • Yoga & Pranayama
    • June 15, 2018
    A Breathing Practice for the Next Time You’re Stressed

    Stress happens. What we can try to do is recognize it in the early stages and find tools to cope when a stressful situation arises. Stress is usually connected to one or more dosha that is out of balance. One practice I have found helpful in recognizing “the stress buzz” sooner than later, or even when stress crash lands at the front door, is pranayama. Pranayama, an intentional practice of restraining and expanding the breath, is one of the 8 limbs of yoga.

  • Samadhi: Connecting with Your Source
    • Yoga & Pranayama
    • April 27, 2018
    Samadhi: Connecting with Your Source

    We have reached the pinnacle of our journey through the eight limbs of yoga according to Patanjali—the author of The Yoga Sutras. The final limb on our journey is samadhi, and the literal definition of this Sanskrit word is “to bring everything together.”

  • Going Deeper with Dhyana & Meditation
    • Yoga & Pranayama
    • April 16, 2018
    Going Deeper with Dhyana & Meditation

    As we climb to the seventh limb of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, we come to meditation, and ultimately dhyana, the state of total awareness.

  • Eliminating Distractions with the Practice of Pratyahara
    • Yoga & Pranayama
    • March 16, 2018
    Eliminating Distractions with the Practice of Pratyahara

    Our journey moves from outward to inward as we dive into the topic of pratyahara, the fifth limb of yoga. Often quickly glazed over or ignored completely, pratyahara is the gateway to what we are looking for. After all the attention and effort applied to the previous four limbs, limb five opens the door to where the magic resides. It is within. 

  • Pranayama & the Power of Yogic Breathing
    • Yoga & Pranayama
    • February 27, 2018
    Pranayama & the Power of Yogic Breathing

    Pranayama is the fourth of the eight limbs of yoga, according to the ancient sage Patanjali. In the second book of The Yoga Sutras we find the description of pranayama as “regulation of breath or the stoppage of inhalation and exhalation, which follows after securing steadiness of the posture or seat, asana.”

  • How Yoga Asana Prepares the Body for Meditation
    • Yoga & Pranayama
    • February 09, 2018
    How Yoga Asana Prepares the Body for Meditation

    Ahhhhh, asana. Those bendy stretchy poses are typically the first images that come to mind when we hear the word yoga. Asana is the third in our exploration of the eight limbs of yoga. Let me rephrase that: Asana is 1/8 of yoga. Yes, time on the mat is a grand total of 12.5% of our yoga practice.

  • Yoga of the Heart: A Journey Beyond the Mat
    • Yoga & Pranayama
    • February 01, 2018
    Yoga of the Heart: A Journey Beyond the Mat

    Yoga literally means union, the union of the spiritual and material, the cosmic dance of spirit and matter. For me it is a discipline that applies to every aspect of my life. It is a path for weaving spirit more deeply into the material, transforming and evolving my body, mind, and heart.

  • Yoga's Ancient Code of Conduct—the Yamas & Niyamas
    • Yoga & Pranayama
    • January 25, 2018
    Yoga's Ancient Code of Conduct—the Yamas & Niyamas

    The great yogi, Sir Isaac Newton, taught in his third law of motion, for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. The same can be said for the law of karma and its effects on both body and mind. Patanjali, author of the ancient text, The Yoga Sutras, clearly points out the karma or good action that comes to us when we apply the first and second of the eight limbs of yoga to our lives. 

  • Pose of the Day: Warrior III
    • Yoga & Pranayama
    • January 16, 2018
    Pose of the Day: Warrior III

    Warrior III (Virabhadrasana III) gets its name from its strong energy and the resilience it develops through practice.

    It challenges our balance and perspective as we stand on one leg and gaze straight down to the earth beneath. This posture embodies the warrior energy, to stand steady and stable we must also be soft and still in our mind and body.

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