200  hours Yoga Teacher Training homework essay from Aria

200 hours Yoga Teacher Training homework essay from Aria

I have been so blessed and grateful for the opportunity to be the lead instructor for a 200 hours yoga teacher training and to create Choose2be yoga school. It has been amazing to spend 8 weekends with these 12 beautiful beings, like Samantha, and also incredible to have 15 different instructors to come lead part of the training. It was alreadyIt has been a really rich and amazing journey in so many different ways. This Spring 2019 YTT was the second YTT that Choose2be had offered and had already improved so much from Spring 2018 YTT. Stay tune to see the headline and details from Spring 2020 YTT.

Part of the participants homework was to write an essay on the topic of their choice and they were aware that I would be posting it on my website. We also did an exercise in the first weekend to create a life affirmation and core desire feeling, I invited them to share it with us. I am so humbled and touched that I got to support these amazing beings on part of their journey and I am looking forward to witness how life unfolds for them.

Mantra: I am sacred geometry whose patterns and beauty  help others to love and understand their inner selves.

The Third Eye Chakra, by Aria Kostamo

The Third eye chakra or Ajna chakra is the sixth chakra in the basic chakra system. This chakra is associated with creation, patterns, and magnetism. The element for this chakra is mind. It allows one to see through the grand illusion and access inner and cosmic truths. It’s where our reality is manifested into creation. “If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy frequency and vibration” Nikola Tesl

Vibration: a wiggle in time

Wave: a wiggle in space and time that transports energy

Quantum: very small increments or parcels into which many forms of energy are subdivided.

In modern science we are understanding that everything in our reality is a big infinite field of vibrating energy. In quantum physics we can see that everything is made up of vibrating molecules, and those molecules are made up of atoms that are also vibrating. Those atoms are made up of even smaller bits called subatomic particles that have large amounts of space in between them. These subatomic particles are all vibrating and spinning around all the time. The universe is in a constant state of motion. Theoretically the vibration that everything carries emanates a field that is interconnected with all other fields across the entire universe. This vast field that, permeates the entire universe is known as electromagnetic energy. In simpler terms basically all things are interconnected and vibrating.

At the most basic level our bodies are made up of particles (energy) constantly coming in and out of our being to create the person you see before you. That energy organizes itself through chakras and meridians. Each chakra corresponds with a certain frequency. Thanks to quantum physics we know that everything in the universe is made up of energy vibrating at different frequencies (as stated above).

Even things that look solid are made up of vibrational energy fields at the quantum level. Each individual cell, a tree, a book, a crystal, and even subatomic particle all have a vibration. The vibration that each chakra emanates can be linked to a multitude of things that share a similar vibration such as colour, sound, smells, thoughts, and emotions.

In the picture above we can see the different wavelengths of the visible (to us) spectrum of light. Red has a longer wavelength resulting in a lower frequency where violet has a shorter wavelength resulting in a higher frequency.

Unit: 1 vibration per second=1 hertz (hz)

The electromagnetic spectrum is a continuous range of waves extending from radio waves to gamma waves. See picture above. Our eyes can only see a small portion of what is out there. There is so much out there in the vast and beautiful universe. Our sense just begin to skim the surface of all that’s out there in the vast ocean of reality.

In recent years we’ve even been able to record the wavelengths in our brain waves and the Hertz associated with those different brainwaves. Its theorized that even emotions and thoughts carry specific vibrations that can be recorded, organized, and understood.

The role of the Sixth Chakra is to compute the constant sea of vibrations through our senses then project them to create the reality we experience before us. For example through our eyes we sense light and the different vibratory states it can be in, then that data is put through our mind and projected into the things we see. The sounds waves we hear are computed for us to experience different noises. There are also frequencies that we can’t hear or see but yet our body can still sense them through other senses. Such as, a horror movie will use a super low frequency noise undetectable to the human ear that will evoke a sense of fear in the person due to their other senses being able to pick up that frequency. There is theorized to be 18 senses that our mind is constantly obtaining data from. These senses are sight, sound, smell, taste, touch and tactile pressure, heat and cold, pain, muscular coordination and balance, thirst, hunger, and sex drive . There is an enormous amount of data coming in at all times. If we were aware of every little bit of it, our consciousnesses would be way too overwhelmed by the amount of information coming in so most of this work is done unconsciously. This means we are unaware of it all we don’t have to think about all the data to see it just happens. Similar to how we don’t have to think about our heart pumping or our immune system working. Our unconscious does that for us so the only information coming into our consciousness is the stuff necessary to our survival and well being.

Clair: French name for clear.

Once the third eye or sixth chakra (sometimes also referred to as the sixth sense) is open and flowing one can experience heightened inner senses. Such as Clairvoyance: Clear seeing, or psychic sight is usually very subtle and allows us to see objects, symbols, and events that are not perceivable by our everyday senses. Usually seen in the third eye also sometimes called the mind’s eye. This is what allows us to see things in our dreams and imagination. We can imagine things that don’t exist yet in this world.

Clairaudience: Clear hearing. It allows us to hear sounds beyond our ordinary sense of hearing. Said to enable one to hear higher self, guardian angels and spirits. E.g someone’s driving to work and they hear a voice out of nowhere telling them to take the next exit, so they do. Only to later hear that there was a huge accident up the road which they barely missed.

Clairsentience: Clear feeling. Also known as a strong sense of empathy or sympathy. It allows one to experience another’s feelings and emotions. E.g. you can walk into a room of stressed people and you can feel the stress in the room right away. Or how one can feel when someone’s feeling sad or upset even before they say anything about it.

Claircognizant: Clear knowing, allows someone to just know things. Also known as intuition or inner knowing. Some examples; a woman could just know she is pregnant even before she even taken a test. Or how some people just get this inner knowing about whether someone’s telling the truth or not.

Inner balance and movement: This help provide the body knowledge of where it is in space.

Higher Compassion: The ability to understand where someone is on their spiritual, emotional, and mental journey. Able to treat others with a strong sense of unconditional love and compassion rather than feeling sorry or pitying them.

Physical attributes; said to reign over the middle of the forehead just above the brows. Most people actually, have a natural slight indentation in this spot. The third eye controls the various bio-rhythms of the body. It works in harmony with the hypothalamus which directs the body’s thirst, hunger, sexual desire and the biological clock that determines our aging process. The pituitary gland is an important gland governed by this chakra. This master gland is responsible for secreting various hormones that cause a direct effect on all other endocrine glands in the body. Some important glands that the pituitary gland helps out are the thyroid, adrenal glands and reproductive organs.

Physical ailments when out of balance

  • Insomnia
  • Migraines
  • Blurred vision
  • Sinus issues
  • Hormone imbalances
  • Thyroid problems
  • Seizures

When energy is week or low it can result in

  • Lack of creativity
  • weak intuition
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Fearful of the unknown
  • Dualistic viewpoint
  • Disconnected from the universe
  • Unable to see the bigger picture
  • uninterested in spirituality
  • depressed

When energy is too strong (Meaning too much flow of energy into it without being grounded enough through the chakras below it. It cold potentially cause some of the attributes:

  • Judgmental
  • inability to understand or integrate their inner senses. This can cause hallucinations, and delusions.
  • Paranoia
  • Unable to distinguish boundaries of the real world and the dream (or astral) world.
  • can develop beliefs that they are better then others. Feel as if they are superior in some way.
  • Highly stubborn and unforgiving
  • Over active mind in analyzing things in a judgmentally way.
  • excessive daydreaming and other forms of escapism
  • anxiety

When chakra is in balance one can experience

  • Good intuition
  • Active imagination
  • Compassionate
  • Connected to inner senses
  • able to see patterns in the universe
  • Good insight and self-awareness
  • Emotional balance
  • Forgiving
  • recognize truth from illusion
  • Lucid dreaming
  • Balancing the chakra
  • Open up to wisdom
  • Seek out new ideas and perspectives.

Opening up to new beliefs and understandings can help one bring back a harmonious flow of energy within this chakra. Looking into your inner wisdom e.g being an observer of one’s thoughts and actively learning about oneself. Look into all the beliefs you’ve picked up during your life and figure out which ones bring harmony to your life and which ones no longer serve your highest good. Most of our current beliefs come from the people we grew up around so our parents, siblings, teachers etc. As well as the culture you were subjected to. Ask yourself which beliefs hold true to me within my heart and which ones do I actually not really enjoy or resonate with. They can even be a belief you once really resonated with but as you grow and change over time it no longer feels relevant within you anymore, and that’s perfectly okay. That’s how we grow! So maybe that belief that someone’s 4th grade teacher said to them doesn’t ring true to them at their core but, 4th grade them didn’t know that so they adopted the belief the teacher gave them and have integrated it into their being up until now. There’s so many ideas and “truths” we take with us for years and years that bring us stress and disharmony rather than making us feel at harmony and peace within. Look at your beliefs and find out where they originated from.

Color Therapy: The color associated with this chakra is Indigo. It also responds well to indigo (or purple), the whole spectrum of the rainbow, and sunlight. Eating a good array of colors in your diet and getting enough natural sunlight is a good idea. As well as foods with a purple color to them such as prunes, dates, blackberries, blueberries, figs, raisins, eggplant, purple cabbage, purple kale, purple carrots, and purple potatoes.

Sound: The sound ANG and 852 hz

You can also find binaural beats made specifically for this chakra.

Yoga poses

  •  downward facing dog
  • forward fold
  • shoulder stand
  • handstand
  • headstand
  • child’s pose
  • Meditation is also highly beneficial for this chakra

Aromatherapy

  • Sandalwood
  • Frankincense
  • Jasmine
  • Rosemary
  • Patchouli
  • Bay Laurel
  • nutmeg
  • Lavender
  • Lilac

Bibliography

The Third Eye Chakra: Ajna

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Third_eye

The Chakra Series: Ajna

Books

-Chakra yoga teachers manual- written by David Goulet and Marina Helleran

-Healing through chakra therapy

-Biology of belief- Bruce Lipton

– Quantum Revelation: A Radical Synthesis of Science and Spirituality-Paul Levy

-The way of zen-Allan Watts

200  hours Yoga Teacher Training homework essay from Ivy

200 hours Yoga Teacher Training homework essay from Ivy

I have been so blessed and grateful for the opportunity to be the lead instructor for a 200 hours yoga teacher training and to create Choose2be yoga school. It has been amazing to spend 8 weekends with these 12 beautiful beings, like Ivy, and also incredible to have 15 different instructors to come lead part of the training. It was alreadyIt has been a really rich and amazing journey in so many different ways. This Spring 2019 YTT was the second YTT that Choose2be had offered and had already improved so much from Spring 2018 YTT. Stay tune to see the headline and details from Spring 2020 YTT.

Part of the participants homework was to write an essay on the topic of their choice and they were aware that I would be posting it on my website. We also did an exercise in the first weekend to create a life affirmation and core desire feeling, I invited them to share it with us. I am so humbled and touched that I got to support these amazing beings on part of their journey and I am looking forward to witness how life unfolds for them.

Ivy 3 core desire feelings: Love, Balanced and peaceful
 
Ivy Mantra: I am the eagle whose bravery and love brings light and life to the world.

Indigenizing Your Yoga Practice

I want to begin by recognizing the Snuneymuxw First Nation for allowing us on their unceded territory. My English name is Ivy Richardson and my traditional name is Snowmokadice. My family on my mother’s side is from the Nuxalk and Gusgimukw Nations and on my father’s side I am a mix of French, English, Irish and Scottish.

I was inspired to create a yoga series called the 7 law series(connect with me if interested to hear more about this series) from the Yoga Yamas and Niyamas. Essentially the Yamas and Niyamas are values/ethics to live by. In Indigenous cultures we also have a set of ethics/values to live by called the 7 Laws (sometimes called the 7 Sacred Teachings or 7 Grandfather Teachings). These laws can vary from nation to nation but have been adopted by most. These teachings are especially important for me as an Indigenous person living in an urban environment. As important as it is to have a daily physical practice it is just as and maybe more important in my opinion that you live your Yamas and Niyamas and the same rings truth for living the 7 Laws. Each teaching tells a story, is interconnected and represented by an animal. People all over the world should and do follow these teachings. Though I won’t go into detail here about each teaching and how it is represented I will share the 7 Laws: Respect, Love, Courage, Honesty, Wisdom, Humility and truth. How do we as Indigenous peoples live these teachings and walk in a good way each and every day? With respect, I believe the healthy and healing movements of yoga fused with the teachings of the 7 Laws can help people walk in a good way in their daily life and at the same time you are indeed Indigenizing your practice.

Some other ways you can indigenize your physical practice include but aren’t limited to:

  1. Incorporating different cleansing methods in your practice(smudging, brushing off with an eagle feather, candle or cedar…this will vary depending on your nation or teachings around cleansing).
  2. Translating your practice from English or Sanskrit into your traditional language.
  3. Using a drum beat to guide your practice.
  4. Be Indigenous and practice Yoga. J

*Please don’t appropriate a culture that isn’t yours. The 7 laws are universal teachings  for all peoples and should be followed by all but be respectful of specific teachings from specific nations.*

Gila’kasla

200  hours Yoga Teacher Training homework essay from Hilary

200 hours Yoga Teacher Training homework essay from Hilary

I have been so blessed and grateful for the opportunity to be the lead instructor for a 200 hours yoga teacher training and to create Choose2be yoga school. It has been amazing to spend 8 weekends with these 12 beautiful beings, like Hilary, and also incredible to have 15 different instructors to come lead part of the training. It was alreadyIt has been a really rich and amazing journey in so many different ways. This Spring 2019 YTT was the second YTT that Choose2be had offered and had already improved so much from Spring 2018 YTT. Stay tune to see the headline and details from Spring 2020 YTT.

Part of the participants homework was to write an essay on the topic of their choice and they were aware that I would be posting it on my website. We also did an exercise in the first weekend to create a life affirmation and core desire feeling, I invited them to share it with us. I am so humbled and touched that I got to support these amazing beings on part of their journey and I am looking forward to witness how life unfolds for them.

Hilary Mantra: I am a bear on a mountain ridge. My strength in solitude inspires others to follow their own path.
 
Hilary core desire feelings : Love. Passionate. Uplifted

To mirror or not to mirror: evoking the mind/muscle connection in yoga. Op-ed By Hilary Simpson

Yoga is a practice of turning in.  So, why do studios have walls of mirrors showing us the external version of ourselves? Conversely, what about when there are no mirrors and we can’t seem to feel comfortable in our alignment?  Where then do we turn for reference?  Perhaps the reference is within us.  It just takes practice and trust in your body.

Mind muscle connection is the scientifically backed theory that we are to engage specific muscles with our mind as well as through targeting exercise, in order to reap the maximum benefit of the exercise performed. Studies have shown that when people are asked to focus on a specific muscle before performing the corresponding movement, they use a higher percentage of muscle fibres to perform the movement. This in turn yields greater results in the building of muscle mass and strength as a larger amount of muscle fibres are taxed and thus repaired.  Mind/muscle connection not only engages, and thus taxes, more muscle fibres in the corresponding muscle group, it also limits the muscles that jump in to help and only end up dispersing the load, i.e.; the load is dispersed away from targeted muscle so it isn’t working as hard. The great thing about mind muscle connection, as you know how the movement patterns feel and you replicate them, this is how you perform that exercise every time. Practice makes permanence.

The mind/muscle connection, which governs over your body’s actions of intention, shouldn’t be isolated to building muscles in the gym. Yoga, in particular can reap these benefits. And this, our answer to our conundrum: To mirror or not to mirror a studio or practice space.  I sadly am in the middle and will offer no one side the option to be the winner. The asanas, our physical practice, is about balance and strength and alignment.  We need the mirrors so we can be externally cued about our form in space. We need to practice with this form; our stacked bones and reaching fingers. But we need to actually see it to be sure that it looks the way we should. Here is where I digress and allow us all to remember, our physical make up varies between people and the form a pose takes may differ, but a pigeon is pigeon (regardless of the angle of front shin placement) but a pigeon is not a headstand.

To evoke the form of a pose we also need our mind to connect with the muscles they were designed to evoke power from. We are reminded by our teachers not to hold tension in our jaw or our breath or antagonist muscles (the one opposite to the one working). These cues tell us to relax so the energy can be directed to where it needs to be. This is mind/muscle connection cued in yoga terms by letting the tension drop away from where it should not be.

Putting these two together; our form in space and our mental connection to appropriate muscles firing (or lengthening or feeling) we can form a memory within our body to carry forward to a practice with no mirrors. Mirrors are a tool to be used so we can step away and know our external form is healthy and safe. The repetition, maybe more visual to start and then less as we dare to step away, or even just look away, will ingrain in our brains and muscles and bones and tissues what your balanced, strong, and aligned form looks like without needing a mirror.

A mirror can’t show you what a yoga practice can show you about yourself. And yoga in its entirety is a practice for the inside, not a reflection of someone looking at you in a studio.  You have practiced, and practice makes permanence, not perfection.

200  hours Yoga Teacher Training homework essay from Jana

200 hours Yoga Teacher Training homework essay from Jana

I have been so blessed and grateful for the opportunity to be the lead instructor for a 200 hours yoga teacher training and to create Choose2be yoga school. It has been amazing to spend 8 weekends with these 12 beautiful beings, like Jana, and also incredible to have 15 different instructors to come lead part of the training. It was alreadyIt has been a really rich and amazing journey in so many different ways. This Spring 2019 YTT was the second YTT that Choose2be had offered and had already improved so much from Spring 2018 YTT. Stay tune to see the headline and details from Spring 2020 YTT.

Part of the participants homework was to write an essay on the topic of their choice and they were aware that I would be posting it on my website. We also did an exercise in the first weekend to create a life affirmation and core desire feeling, I invited them to share it with us. I am so humbled and touched that I got to support these amazing beings on part of their journey and I am looking forward to witness how life unfolds for them.

Jana Core desire Feelings: Love, Happiness, Peacefulness

Jana Mantra: I am the sun bright rays who light can help you find your way.

How I let Spirituality and Yoga into my life

Spirituality was never my jam. I grew up as a Jehovah’s Witness. My dad is still a Jehovah’s Witness and so is his wife. They go to all the meetings at their church and have dedicated their lives to God. Jehovah is life! Personally, I found too many discrepancies within the religion to really appreciate it. I had unanswered questions all the time, so I peaced out. I turned my back on God. My dad still hasn’t forgiven me to this day. Oh well. That’s on him. I’ve forgiven myself, and I forgive him. He doesn’t know any better. His religion is all he knows. And it makes him happy. I’d be wasting my energy if I sat here all bitter because my dad chose his religion, over me, his own flesh and blood. I can’t change him. What I can change is my perception, and my feelings on the matter. I can choose to not be hurt. So that’s what I’m doing. I’m choosing happiness. I finally figured this whole ‘choosing your happiness’ thing out last year. I’m 42. I feel like this is something people need to be learning right from birth. The sooner people realize you can choose your perception on everything, and that everyone has a different perception on things, the sooner everyone will just chill. It took a breakup for me to be snapped into this reality. My fiance dumped me. I was not a happy camper. This is when one of my co-workers introduced me to Buddhism. I went to some gatherings and I started reading about Buddhism, chanting, I got prayer beads, a Gohonzen, and a butsudan to put my scroll in. I love the Buddhist beliefs. They make sense. Find the positive in every situation. Learn something from all your experiences, good and bad. What’s not to love??? This makes so much sense. Buddhism came when I needed it the most, and it totally helped me get through getting dumped.

I’m spiritual. I never thought this would actually happen. I have a belief.
Maybe you’re wondering where yoga comes into all this. Well wait not further! Here it is. I saw an app on Facebook. It had a free seven day trial. I clicked on it. I used my free seven day trial and ended up buying the $60 app because I loved it so much.
I never used to love yoga either. It was right up there with the JW religion. I went to a couple classes and pretty much fell on my face the entire time. I also couldn’t wait for the class to be over. I did not have the time of my life. So I really have no idea why I bought this app. I don’t usually purchase apps either. So paying $60 for an app that is all yoga, YOGA, is totally out of the norm for me. I hated yoga…so I thought.

Turns out I love yoga. And the more I learn about yoga, the more I notice how it relates to Buddhism, and spirituality in general. Both yoga and Buddhism can involve chanting and meditation, and both require dedication. I personally notice a big difference in my day when I wake up early, chant and do yoga. I feel more Zen. I start off the day in peace, and that feeling follows me throughout the entire day. This is how I absolutely love starting my day. I never thought I’d be a morning person either. Haha.

The more I keep practicing yoga and dedicating myself to my spirituality, the better life seems all around. Other peoples behaviour doesn’t bother me. I feel more compassion towards others. I feel like I’m a better parent. I’m more patient. Other people have even noticed a difference in me. There has been nothing but benefits. I feel like I’ve figured out the key to happiness.

200  hours Yoga Teacher Training homework essay from Debbie

200 hours Yoga Teacher Training homework essay from Debbie

I have been so blessed and grateful for the opportunity to be the lead instructor for a 200 hours yoga teacher training and to create Choose2be yoga school. It has been amazing to spend 8 weekends with these 12 beautiful beings, like Debbie, and also incredible to have 15 different instructors to come lead part of the training. It was alreadyIt has been a really rich and amazing journey in so many different ways. This Spring 2019 YTT was the second YTT that Choose2be had offered and had already improved so much from Spring 2018 YTT. Stay tune to see the headline and details from Spring 2020 YTT.

Part of the participants homework was to write an essay on the topic of their choice and they were aware that I would be posting it on my website. We also did an exercise in the first weekend to create a life affirmation and core desire feeling, I invited them to share it with us. I am so humbled and touched that I got to support these amazing beings on part of their journey and I am looking forward to witness how life unfolds for them.

My mantra: I am a deciduous forest who’s love, refined through growth inspires people to find answers, solutions and joy.

Core desires feelingMotion/fluidity, Mastery, Connection

Yogic breath

The ebb and flow of conscious breath in our daily life, especially with yoga practice, creates a sense of well-being and restored health by calming the mind and body. Connecting with and being aware of our breath, quite simply, can be a form of yoga all on it’s own.

The intended purpose of yoga is to prepare the mind and body for meditation by creating relaxation and focus.  It’s a signal to the rest of our body that all is well and there is no need to be on high alert.  Practising yoga also increases strength and flexibility.   When a focus on breathing is added, an additional feeling of well-being is achieved.

The struggles and fast pace of modern western life can set off a stress response, alerting the amygdala to  activate.  The amygdala is a gland which, when alerted, secretes adrenaline into our system.  The adrenaline, in turn, then activates the sympathetic nervous system.  Commonly known as the “fight or flight reflex”, this system was needed for primitive survival and creates very high stress.  Example: You see a large hairy thing running towards you. You do not stop to think and reason it all out, but instead are prompted to immediately run fast or fight for your life.  That reaction might save your life, but modern living rarely requires it.  If high stress does becomes a constant factor in our lives, that process may be activated far too often. Our bodies are not made to endure that much adrenaline over long periods of time, and as a result many health issues can arise.

In busy western culture we tend to breathe shorter, more shallow breaths.  These breaths fill only the upper area of our chest.  Filling only the top section of our lungs causes the neck and trapezius muscles to tighten, adding to stress, and doesn’t allow the lowest portion of the lung to get it’s fair share of oxygen.  If we simply take a cue from our younger counterparts, babies, we can see how it is really done. If you see a baby laying on its back, his belly will expand and release on every breath. As the breath is drawn in the diaphragm lifts, the belly expands, and the chest fills.   Equally, on the exhale, the chest lowers, then the belly lowers, and the diaphragm pulls in, expelling the air.

The benefits of a lower, deeper, more relaxed breath is more than just better oxygen intake. As the air passes ventral-vegal nerve, located near the diaphragm, it sends signals to the brain which in turn stimulates the parasympathetic system, slowing the heart rate, and resulting in a feeling of well-being.

The study of breath, known as Pranayama yoga in Sanskrit, is a precise  discipline. There are dozens of different Pranayama techniques. They are a controlled series of counted inhales, exhales and holds in different forms that are repeated.  For example, the ‘square breath’ is 4 counts slow inhale, 4 counts hold, 4 counts slow exhale, 4 counts hold and repeat as many times as prescribed. Each technique is specific to either detoxification, purification, balancing, charging, or calming.

Another Pranayama, called the Mrigi Mudra or “Dear Seal”, is done by tucking the middle and ring finger of the right hand into the palm with the thumb, pointer finger and pinky extended. Placing the pointer finger between the eyebrows, close off the right nostril with the thumb and inhale through the left nostril.   Now release the thumb and place the pinky finger on the left  nostril and exhale.  Then reverse the process, inhaling through the right and out through the left.  The concentration required takes the mind off of anything else one might be busy with, leading to increased relaxation.

Flow yoga, know as Vinyasa, is physical movement worked in unison with breath. With each movement there is a breath.  In particular, the ‘Ujihi’ breath.  It is created by breathing through the nose into the back of the throat and lifting the soft pallet at the back of the mouth, making a whisper sound.  You can get the feeling by imagining you are making fog on a mirror close to your mouth, then closing your mouth and continuing the sound while you breathe in and out through your nose.

The flow of physical movement through yoga with breath leads one into a meditation and restfulness of its own. Simply put, however we tap into it, breath awareness can greatly improve our health. Our breath is the giver of our life and the attention we give to it does not go unrewarded.  “Keep Calm and Breathe on.”   Namaste.