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Posts by Bill Ryan, PhD

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Talks / Holistic Health
Why Breathe Through the Nose
Learning to breathe through the nose is the first step toward cultivating healthy breathing. As Bill Ryan explains, yoga science and western science agree that nose breathing is most beneficial for our health. Tune in to learn about the many benefits of nose breathing and discover ways to correct the habit of breathing through the mouth. Format: Video with audio download Length: 16 mins
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Bill Ryan, PhD
12
Talks / Holistic Health
Biofeedback 101
As yoga practitioners, biofeedback can provide valuable insight into our physiology that can help advance our healing, support us in reaching our goals, and increase our awareness of the mind-body connection. In this informative talk, Bill Ryan discusses the history of biofeedback as a professional field and the contemporary uses of biofeedback techniques. Tune in to learn what a typical session looks like and how these therapies aid our self-regulation and resilience. Format: Video with audio download Length: 12 mins
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Bill Ryan, PhD
18
Talks / Yoga Practice
Cultivating Stability and Comfort in Asana
Developing the qualities of sthira (stability) and sukha (comfort) in asana systematically leads us to an experience of effortlessness in our practice. How do we begin to cultivate these qualities—and what practical knowledge might help us reach our goal? Join Bill Ryan for this informative talk on the physiological components of stability and comfort, and learn about their direct application in asana. Format: Video with audio download Length: 18 mins
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Bill Ryan, PhD
13
Talks / Holistic Health
Dynamics of the Diaphragm
Join Bill Ryan for a look at one of the most important muscles in the body, the diaphragm. This umbrella-shaped muscle hidden in our torso is the primary muscle used to control our breathing, but its benefits extend much further than simply pumping oxygen in and out of the body. Discover how using the diaphragm rather than our chest muscles to breathe activates our parasympathetic nervous system, creating a relaxation response that calms the mind and leads us toward a healthier, happier life. Format: Video with audio download Length: 13 mins
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Bill Ryan, PhD
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Talks / Holistic Health
Activating Joy Through the Autonomic Nervous System
We can balance and strengthen our autonomic nervous system to make our lives more dynamic yet peaceful. In this talk, Bill Ryan offers a variety of practical ways to build our resilience: socializing, singing, diaphragmatic breathing. Tune in to discover the best method for you on your journey toward healing, empowerment and ultimately, activating more joy. Format: Video with audio download Length: 9 mins
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Bill Ryan, PhD
13
Talks / Holistic Health
The Autonomic Nervous System & Our Well-Being
“We are at the mercy of our nervous system!” Bill Ryan exclaims in this talk on the three autonomic neural circuits that profoundly shape our response to our environment. Indeed, when they are functioning optimally, we heal and grow, but when they dysfunction, we experience stress and illness. Find out more about the fascinating inner workings of the autonomic nervous system and its role in our well-being. Format: Video with audio download Length: 13 mins
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Bill Ryan, PhD
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Meditations / Breath & Prana
Restful Breath Awareness
When we focus our attention on the flow of the breath, it leads our mind to a quiet inner stillness. Tune into this deeply restful breath-awareness practice to experience the breath moving in the center of the body and then flowing serenely in the nostrils. Take a few moments to relax in the soothing ebb and flow of the breath. Format: Audio streaming with audio download Length: 10 min
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Bill Ryan, PhD
12
Talks / Holistic Health
Understanding Our Nervous System
Our nervous system is central to our health and happiness, but how well do we understand it? In this informative yet concise talk, Bill Ryan breaks down the human nervous system into its component parts and elaborates on the ones particularly relevant to our overall balance and well-being. What is the “emotional brain”? Which set of nerves helps us relax and restore? Tune in to find out. Format: Video with audio download Length: 12 mins
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Bill Ryan, PhD
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Classes / Yoga
Moving with Inner Awareness (All Levels)
Regardless of your physical capacity, tuning into your inner experience during movement can take your yoga practice to the next level. In this well-rounded class, Bill Ryan leads us through opening and strengthening sequences, with guidance on observing the breath and the body. Complete with a systematic relaxation and a guided meditation, this session is an opportunity to build and channel inner awareness. Format: Video with audio download Length: 1 hr 12 mins
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Bill Ryan, PhD
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Meditations / Mantra
Universal Mantra Meditation
Mantra is a sacred sound that leads us to pure, silent awareness. The universal mantra so’ham can be practiced freely by anyone—it’s the subtle sound of our own breath. In this guided meditation, Bill Ryan helps us rest our mind in the sound so’ham flowing with the breath. Let the flow of sound carry you to an inner space of peaceful stillness. Format: Audio streaming with audio download Length: 12 min
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Bill Ryan, PhD
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Talks / Holistic Health
Breathing: The Foundation of Resilience
What if there were a powerful tool for regulating your actions, thoughts, and emotions in times of stress? What if it were already in your possession? According to Bill Ryan, breath is our ultimate resource for developing resilience to daily stress. Find out how you can breathe your way to balance and recovery. Format: Video with audio download Length: 8 mins
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Bill Ryan, PhD
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Talks / Holistic Health
Reduce Stress with Systematic Relaxation
We all experience stress—what matters is our resilience to it. Bill Ryan shares how systematic relaxation helps us recover quickly from daily stress by supporting our nervous system and promoting inner balance. Discover ways to incorporate this deeply restorative practice into your own routine! Format: Video with audio download Length: 3 mins
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Bill Ryan, PhD