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A balancing act

Hatha yoga cannot succeed without Raja yoga, nor Raja without hatha Therefore, practice the two to perfection (Hatha Yoga Pradipika, 2-76)
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A Taoist approach to mindful breathing

Book review, The Tao of Natural Breathing by Denis Lewis
The great Taoist philosopher Tchang Zu tells us that True man breathes with his heels, while the mass of men breathe with their throats. Never mind the heels, you’re probably doing OK if you manage to take breath awareness as far down as your perineum, but breathing mostly with your chest, and with very little awareness of what’s really happening, is not a recipe for health and happiness.
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Respiratory feedback in the generation of emotions

I recently came across a study (well two actually) by a team of scientists from the University of Louvain in Belgium, who had been investigating the relationship between emotional feelings and respiration, a subject which, as a keen pranayama practitioner, I find particularly interesting.
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Yoga and horsemanship, two practices that support one another

As I am teaching on a yoga and horsemanship course in the Netherland with expert horse trainer Karine Vandenborre, the two of us have been discussing at length the many parallels and connections between the two disciplines. .
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Did you have a nice practice?

As anyone who practice regularly knows, in yoga practice, just as in life, there are good days and bad days. There are days when we flow from posture to posture with ease and grace, in love with our body and with life, enjoying the sweet fruit of dedicated practice, and the days when we drag ourselves along, wondering why on Earth we got out of bed so early to stand on that stupid mat. And there’s everything in between.
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Are you stuck in your yoga practice?

You may be doing the wrong practice, or doing the practice wrong….
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Using ayurveda to devise a balanced yoga practice

In my many years of practising yoga at home on a daily basis, I’ve always endeavoured to have a “balanced practice”, but over the years my ideas about what constitutes a “balanced practice” have evolved considerably. In fact, rather than talking about a balanced practice, it now think it is more appropriate to speak about a “balancing practice”.
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What’s so hot about Bikram?

Passing through Dublin last weekend, I was left with enough spare time to book myself for my first Bikram yoga class, something that I had meant to do for a while as I was keen to find out what’s all the fuss is about.
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