Types of Pranayama

Types of Pranayama

January 08, 2019

Pranayama has a multitude of benefits for both you and your Yoga practice, including increased focus, proper posture, and regulation of your sympathetic nervous system. Sounds pretty great, right? We’re reviewing the types of Pranayama and how to incorporate them into your routine.

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Pranayama: The Basics

Pranayama: The Basics

January 08, 2019

Pranayama is the formal practice of controlling one’s breath. Prana is a Sanskrit term translated as “breath” or “life force”. Other meanings of Prana include vigor, spirit, energy, and respiration.  Yama means “to control” or “restrain”. Essentially, Pranayama is a set of breathing techniques where the breath is intentionally altered in order to achieve specific results. 

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Pitta: The Genius of the Doshas

Pitta: The Genius of the Doshas

December 20, 2018

The Pitta Dosha is responsible for metabolism and transformation. The way it accomplishes these tasks is through heat. In Sanskrit, the word “Pitta” comes from Tapa, which means “to heat”. Pitta means energy that creates heat in the body. Made up of the Fire and Water elements, it is the perfect medium for creating energy. The qualities of Pitta are hot, sharp, pungent, sour, liquid, light, mobile, oily, and clear.

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Vata: Leader of the Doshas

Vata: Leader of the Doshas

December 10, 2018

Although we cannot exist without all of the Doshas, Vata is considered their leader, because it governs all movements. It controls blood flow, elimination of wastes, respiration, and the movement of thoughts across the mind.  Consisting of the Air and Space (or ether) elements, Vata is the lightest of the Doshas and easiest to throw off course. Since it is responsible for moving both Pitta and Kapha, which by themselves are immobile, it is important to keep Vata in check.

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The Six Tastes of Ayurveda

The Six Tastes of Ayurveda

December 05, 2018

As with all things Ayurveda, each of the Six Tastes (Rasas) have specific qualities (Gunas). The Six Tastes are a guiding principle in Ayurveda, which states that like qualities increase each other, whereas opposites promote balance. 

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The Gunas

The Gunas

December 03, 2018

According to Ayurveda, all organic and inorganic substances, as well as thoughts and actions, have twenty definitive attributes that are categorized into ten opposing pairs. The ten opposing pairs are the manifestation of male and female energies and give their qualities to the physical substance or thought or action. They are not all present at once, so when we can ascertain which qualities are present in a substance, action, or thought, then we can better understand what it is we are examining.  

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Your Guide To A Peaceful and Happy Holiday: Our Top 6 Tips

Your Guide To A Peaceful and Happy Holiday: Our Top 6 Tips

November 29, 2018

The holidays can be a joyous time of year as we reunite with friends, family, and colleagues. Spirited settings filled with decadent food, drink, and entertainment are delightful, but the endless party parade and shopping brigade can trigger bedlam in even the most die-hard holiday lovers.

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Getting Real with Yoga

Getting Real with Yoga

November 12, 2018

Twenty years ago, you had to search high and low to find a Yoga class. Nowadays you need only look as far as the next block or two and you’re sure to find something Yogish-related.

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The Doshas: A Brief Overview

The Doshas: A Brief Overview

November 07, 2018

Ayurveda is built on the principle that the mind, body, and spirit are united at the level of the consciousness, and Manas truly controls the body. However mind, body, and spirit all affect each other. One cannot be affected without somehow impacting the other. Through a web more complex than overseas banking, the psycho-neuro-endocrine-cosmic-energenics system is all inter- and intra-woven.

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We Are Real

We Are Real

November 02, 2018 1 Comment

We are Real.

We are moms and wives, sisters and friends, corporate types and homemakers. We are educated and wise, and though we strive for a simple life, it is far from it.

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Ayurveda & Yoga: Twinsies

Ayurveda & Yoga: Twinsies

October 29, 2018

We have heard that Ayurveda and Yoga are related, and know that each of these sciences have been for thousands of years. But if you are like me, you have wondered how these two forces hooked up before dating apps were a thing.

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Seasons: Importance of Dinacharya & Ritucharya

Seasons: Importance of Dinacharya & Ritucharya

October 25, 2018

According to Ayurveda, the principles Ritucharya of advocate living one's life according to the flow of the seasons. ‘Ritu’ means ‘season’ and ‘charya’ means ‘regime’. The energies of nature change along with the seasons. For example, flowers bloom in spring and shed their blossoms in the fall. We are also affected by shifts in the seasons and environment, and failure to adapt to these changes can lead to illness.

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