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Researching Pranayama

I have recently been approached by the new Center for Consciousness Science, which is part of the University of Michigan’s Medical School, in regards to advise for their project on brain and psychological dynamics associated with yogic breathing (pranayama) techniques. Apart from answering their questions I also pointed out that one of their main challenge would be to eliminate negative circumstances that influence the performance of pranayama (i.e. to enable your practitioners to perform repeatable sets of data.) Some of these are: […]

Awaken the Body’s Intelligence – Yoga in Cold Places, on Planes and when Adding on

I had a query from a student who usually practices in a hot, tropical climate with temperatures of around 30 degrees Celsius (86 Fahrenheit). She travelled to a cold place and her body seized up when having to practice at 5 degrees Celsius (40 Fahrenheit). After a long international flight with prolonged sitting her body developed a lot of painful sensations, including pain hamstring insertions and origins, at the sacrum and the sit bones. To top it she experimented with new advanced postures such as Vishvamitrasana […]

Yoga and Aging

When I was young and naïve I used to say “the good thing about practicing yoga is that as you get older you only get stronger and more flexible!” This is true up to a point and that point is different for every body. The fact is that as we age our body slows down. All of our bodily functions are affected as our cells multiply more slowly and we end up with less new cells. This means the process of rejuvenation is slower than that of degeneration. This sounds terribly bleak and some do attempt to deny the aging process but even animals, who have no concept of aging, do not escape the natural atrophy of our physical bodies. One problem with the aging process is our inability to accept and adapt to it. […]