Breathing has many benefits. For one, it keeps you alive!

In addition to circulating oxygen to all parts of the body, however, deep, diaphragmatic breathing has numerous other important benefits. It helps facilitate parasympathetic functioning, which induces deep relaxation and helps you let go of stress. In addition, the deep rhytmic movement of the diaphragm stimulates lymphatic function, improves digestion, and helps with the detoxification of the body. Deep breathing also improves blood flow, reduces chronic inflammation, and increases energy and well-being.

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The 5 Koshas: How to Get Access to Yoga’s Inner Layers

The movie Cake follows the main character Clair (played by Jennifer Aniston) as she struggles with chronic pain that was a result of a bad car accident. Yet despite time and physical therapy Clair doesn’t seem... Read more

Vijnanamaya Kosha: Yoga to Awaken Your Wisdom Body

According to yogic tradition, koshas are a layered model that maps five interrelated, mutually interdependent levels, bodies, sheaths or “treasures” that are common to all humans. They are: Physical (... Read more

Empowered Thought: 4 Ways Yoga’s Wisdom Tradition Can Help You Change Your Thinking Patterns

What do you think is the most effective yogic tool for working with the intellectual mind? Is it meditation? Nope. Meditation helps you to observe and focus the mind, but not necessarily change it. To quote my... Read more

Yoga’s Qualities of the Heart: Kindness Toward Yourself

(This is the second installment of instructions on kindness practice. Read this post to familiarize yourself with the basics.) “You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving... Read more

Yoga for Addiction: 7 Ways Yoga Can Support Your Treatment Program

NOTE: Due to the sensitive nature of the subject and the need for anonymity of those in recovery, some names and identifying locations have been changed. Diane B. is a recovery success story. Yet even after 30... Read more

Take a Kindness Break - A Practice to Cultivate the Qualities of the Heart

In recent years, our lives seem to have gotten harsher. Our culture has factionalized. No one wants to listen to anyone with whom they disagree. Dialog has become not just disrespectful, but sometimes even... Read more

Yoga for Stress Relief: Try Belly Breathing

This simple, relaxing yogic breathing practice can be used anytime you want to soothe body, mind, and spirit . It reduces stress of any kind—physical, emotional, or spiritual. How to Practice Yogic Belly... Read more

An Ancient Yogic Formula for Happiness: Change Your Perspective to Change Your Emotions

I used to have a rather complicated relationship with my paternal grandmother. When I was little she had a looming presence in my life, often shaming me for the smallest of real and perceived indiscretions. I... Read more

Myofascial Unwinding: What It Is and Why You Should Do It

Myofascial unwinding is a term coined by John Barnes to describe a type of physical movement that comes from a higher intelligence which he often describes as a “feeling” (rather than a “thinking”)... Read more

Vacation Anytime, Anywhere: 6 Ways to Take A Yoga Staycation

Do you need a vacation from the daily grind but can’t manage to get out of town? Or do you just need a vacation from your regular yoga practice? Or are you actually taking a vacation and wondering how to keep... Read more