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Diaphragmatic Breathing: Foundation for Pranayama

The most important aspect of breath control is diaphragmatic breathing. The average person uses his chest muscles rather than his diaphragm when he breathes, and such breathing is usually shallow, [...]

Controlling the Breath to Control the Mind

Controlling the breath and calming the nerves is a prerequisite to controlling the mind, and control of the mind is a prerequisite to the ultimate control of the universal energy [...]

The Flow of Prana: Nadis, Chakras, and Kundalini

Modern scientists give importance to breathing exercises only from the viewpoint of oxygen intake. Their concern is with the absorption of oxygen in large enough quantities to vitalize the nervous [...]

Pranayama and the Autonomic Nervous System

In order to understand the science of pranayama it is necessary to consider the nature and function of the nervous system, for this system coordinates the functions of all the [...]

Pranayama: From Breath to Cosmic Energy

The Sanskrit word pranayama is usually translated as “the science of breath,” but this is a limited interpretation. Pranayama literally means “the ayama (expansion or manifestation) of prana (pra: first [...]

Prana: Understanding the Life Force

In the calm and tranquil oceanic existence of consciousness, the first spanda (motion or movement) is called prana. The ancient scriptures tell us that prana, the life force, is derived [...]

Yosemite National Park, A Yoga and Backpacking Adventure

Explore the grandeur of Yosemite National Park on this purpose-driven yoga and backpacking adventure. Hike through meadows in the high country to camp along lakes [...]

Yoga and Hiking Wellness Immersion

Immerse yourself in one of the most biodiverse places on earth for this yoga and hiking wellness retreat. We’ll practice gentle yoga, relaxation, and meditation [...]

Adirondacks, Yoga and Hiking in the High Peaks

Expand the capacity of your mind and body and invigorate your spirit with this yoga-infused hiking intensive in the High Peaks region of the Adirondacks, home [...]

Beyond Gangotri: Trekking and Yoga in the Himalayas

This trekking and yoga excursion is designed to challenge your mind and body and awaken your spirit while you immerse yourself in one of the most [...]

Valley of Flowers, Badrinath, Kuari Pass

This pilgrimage is a purpose-driven journey to discover the hidden essence of these living shrines of the Himalayan Tradition. Our focus will be on experiencing [...]

Rudra Yaga: Ardha Kumbha Mela Resources

Videos What is the Kumbha Mela? Pandit Rajmani Tigunait and Rod Stryker on the Kumbha Mela Experience Rolf Sovik Reflects on [...]

Abode of the Goddesses: Journey to the Himachal Pradesh Himalayas

Abode of the Goddesses: Journey to the Himachal Pradesh Himalayas with Ransom Hare March 5–16, 2018 Quick Links About Highlights Itinerary [...]

Tungnath: Pilgrimage to the Mandakini Valley

Tungnath: Pilgrimage to the Mandakini Valley with Ishan Tigunait March 13–25, 2017 Quick Links About Highlights Accommodations Itinerary Register FAQs Pilgrimage [...]

Planned Giving

The Himalayan Institute relies on the generosity of its members and donors to fulfill its mission. We need your ongoing support to extend our mission of healing and [...]

Healing Science of Breath

"Psychologists have shown that there is a correspondence between personality types and breathing patterns. Yoga science also recognizes such a correspondence, but according to yoga, the relationship between the [...]

IAYT Accredited Professional Yoga Therapist Foundation Year Training

Are you considering Yoga Therapy as a career? Would you like to learn new tools, skills and paradigms, and integrate Therapeutic Yoga Principles into your teaching and personal practice? Offered [...]

IAYT Accredited Professional Yoga Therapist Foundation Year Training

Are you considering Yoga Therapy as a career? Would you like to learn new tools, skills and paradigms, and integrate Therapeutic Yoga Principles into your teaching and personal practice? Offered [...]

IAYT Accredited Professional Yoga Therapist Foundation Year Training

Are you considering Yoga Therapy as a career? Would you like to learn new tools, skills and paradigms, and integrate Therapeutic Yoga Principles into your teaching and personal practice? Offered [...]