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Sleeping on the Run
Sleep deprivation can have dire consequences. Whether we’re losing sleep due to a medical disorder or stress, exhaustion clouds our ability to be effective at work, affects the quality of our meditation, and can even put us at increased risk for car accidents. Yoga and ayurveda offer helpful suggestions for when and how to get the best sleep, Rolf Sovik explains, and the practice of yoga nidra provides a healthier solution for the days when we haven’t been able to get a full night’s rest. Learn the secrets of this 10-minute path to profound rest, and find out why “sleeping on the run” is better than coffee!
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Rolf Sovik, PsyD
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Yoga for the Heart
How can we gain conscious access to our heart center, where the joy and light of pure consciousness dwell in their most concentrated form? Shari Friedrichsen explains how physical impediments and a distracted mind keep us from connecting fully with our heart. She offers practices to increase strength, stability, and ease in the body and heart area, as well as practices to quiet the mind, so that we can turn inward in meditation toward the joy and light that await us deep in our heart.
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Shari Friedrichsen
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The Stress-Relief Secret of a Crocodile
Need a quick way to relax after a stressful day? Try the crocodile pose (makarasana). When you rest in this posture, you will automatically breathe diaphragmatically, which triggers the body’s relaxation response. This is an easy pose for beginners and a great daily relaxation exercise for anyone. It creates a calming, restorative effect on both body and mind. Enjoy the sense of well-being that comes from breathing like a crocodile!
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Bill Ryan, PhD
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Deep Breathing with a Breath Pillow
Feeling stressed? How you breathe has a fundamental impact on the stress response—the deeper and fuller you breathe, the more calm and relaxed you will be. To breathe deeply you need to breathe diaphragmatically. Learn a simple 10-minute technique for strengthening your diaphragm so that you can breathe more fully and deeply, and have more energy, resilience, and patience throughout the day.
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Bill Ryan, PhD
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The Pelvic Floor: 4 Essential Points
When our physical foundation is strong and resilient, we become emotionally and mentally stable, and spiritually grounded. Shari Friedrichsen explains four essential points to know about the pelvic floor. Find out how pelvic floor work leads to greater health, vitality, stamina, and intelligence, and how it awakens our understanding that life is filled with grace and beauty.
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Shari Friedrichsen
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Yogic Breathing: A Study Guide
How we breathe has an enormous impact on our mind and body, which makes good breathing essential for both vibrant health and spiritual practice. Deep, yogic breathing has the power to calm the mind and nervous system, reducing stress and stress-related conditions and preparing us for a range of yoga practices. Learn how to cultivate the 4 breathing skills and the 5 qualities of good breathing that not only support our health, but also allow the breath to draw us serenely inward.
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Himalayan Institute Core Faculty
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Prana: The Gift of Life
Each of us has only a limited amount of prana. But the vast pool of prana shakti, the universal energy of life, is unlimited. With the practices of yoga and pranayama we can learn to make proper use of the prana we’ve been given. We can expand our pranic field and awaken the kundalini shakti that has long been dormant. By awakening and channeling the kundalini shakti we increase the intelligence of our body and mind—we realize more of our human potential.
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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD
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Replenishing Vital Energy Through Yoga Relaxation
Why do we find ourselves stressed and tense, even when we try to relax? What can we do to replenish the vitality that daily life tends to drain? The ancient yogis knew the secret: systematic yoga relaxation refuels us with prana and prepares the body, mind, and nervous system for revitalizing meditation. Rolf Sovik explains how yoga relaxation helps us slow down and respond better to life’s challenges. Read on, and re-infuse yourself with the energy you’ve been missing!
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Rolf Sovik, PsyD