pranayama yoga videos

  • Good Vibes: 10 Sayings on the Breath

    Take a moment…

    Begin by tuning into your breath, observing the inhales and the exhales. Use the breath as a mantra - as a concentration tool - to release the thinking mind. Less thinking, more breathing. Connect deeply with your breath – your internal metronome – to set the rhythm for your day or your practice like a drum player would set the rhythm for a band. Slow down the rhythm. Lengthen out the beats. Connect the beats seamlessly and effortlessly. Establish a sweet, flowing breath.

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    The breath weaves together the practice. It is a mental vehicle, transporting the mind from stress, anger, tension, frustration, thoughts, and distractions into a realm a peace. Without conscious breathing, yoga is just a bunch of silly, disconnected shapes. With it, the asana practice flows like a dance – like a moving meditation. Think about that drum player setting the rhythm for a band. Without a rhythm section, the instruments would struggle to synchronize. The music would sound broken. The breath is your drum player. The asanas are the musicians. You need the breath to realize harmony and wholeness not only in the yoga practice, but also in life.

    1. "All things share the same breath - the beast, the tree, the man... the air shares its spirit with all the life it supports." ~Chief Seattle

    2. "When I look back on my knee-jerk reactions now, I realize I should have just taken a breath." ~Fred Durst

    3. "Conscious breath control is a useful tool for achieving a relaxed, clear state of mind." ~Andrew Weil

    4. "Breath is the bridge which connects life to consciousness, which unites your body to your thoughts." ~Thich Nhat Hanh

    5. "I took a deep breath and listened to the old bray of my heart: I am, I am, I am." ~Sylvia Plath

    6. "There is one way of breathing that is shameful and constricted. Then, there’s another way: a breath of love that takes you all the way to infinity." ~Rumi

    7. "The breath must be enticed or cajoled, like catching a horse in a field, not by chasing after it, but by standing still with an apple in one’s hand." ~B.K.S. Iyengar

    8. "A lifetime is not what is between the moments of birth and death.A lifetime is one moment Between my two little breaths. The present, the here, the now, That's all the life I get. I live each moment in full, In kindness, in peace, without regret." ~Chade Meng

    9. "Breath is Spirit. The act of breathing is Living." ~Unknown

    10. "The practice is simply this: keep coming back to your breath during the day. Just take a moment. This will give your mind a steadiness and your breath a gracefulness.... There's so much to let go of, isn't there? Your nostalgia and your regrets. Your fantasies and your fears. What you think you want instead of what is happening right now. Breathe." ~Rodney Yee

    To practice controlling your breath, check out our selection of free online pranayama videos.

  • 5 Practices to Get Movin' & Groovin'

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    Moving sloth-like? Stuck in a slump? Rebounding from sickness? Sounds like you could use a heavy dose of energizing yoga.

    Find liberation from stagnation and lethargy by taking yourself to the mat. And when you get there, bring it on. And by it, I mean an invigorating flow. I know your mental body is tricking you into a slower-paced, restorative-esque yoga at home experience. Don’t be persuaded by these slippery, sneaky thoughts. Sometimes what you need is the opposite of what you want. If your desire is to get pumped and overcome a state of “blah,” you need a yoga booster...not a yoga sedative.

    Battle and beat the blah-ness in the following online yoga videos.

    1. 30 Minute Pick Me Up! with Joan Hyman

    This fun moving online yoga flow will start off with breath of fire to get the Shakti surging. Stretch out your hip flexors and move into Ustrasana (camel pose) to boost your energy and receptivity!

    2. Invigorating Morning Flow with Ashley Turner

    This is the ideal online yoga class for energizing, detoxing, and building mental focus. Begin with a luxurious opening sequence of two invigorating kriyas to wake up the physical and pranic bodies and flush out any stagnation or lethargy. Then, dive into a strong, comprehensive standing sequence of twisting and balancing poses to wring out every corner of the body. End feeling energized, clear, and awake. (92 mins.)

    3. Ten-Minute Tune Up with Taj Paxton

    I know you’re busy, but I’m sure you can manage to set aside 10 minutes. In this short online yoga class, use powerful breath work, core exercises, and long, deep stretches to awaken and energize.

    Pre-practice, join Pete Guinosso for a brief pranayama practice:

    4. Using Your Breath to Energize Your Practice

    The breath connects the mind, body and spirit. Pranayama (breath/energy movement) is a powerful tool for working the nervous system in your yoga and in your life. Learn how to use breath in this online yoga practice to energize your nervous system and, therefore, you. Explore the advanced practice of getting the breath to reach different parts of your body. Energy flows to where your awareness and breath goes. (7 mins.)

    5. Kundalini Practice to Fortify the Body's Stress Defenses with Maya Fiennes

    In this online Kundalini yoga class, musician and yoga teacher Maya Fiennes combines her talents to create a stunningly beautiful Kundalini practice focused on fortifying the body's stress defenses. Maya uses movement, breath, mantra, and chants all set to her own exhilarating music to awaken the spirit, energize the body, and relax the mind. These sequences are designed to detoxify and strengthen kidneys and adrenals, the body's first line of defense against stress-induced illness. Among the easiest styles of yoga to learn, Kundalini can produce dramatic results quickly. You will feel more awake and aware, healthier, and better able to face everyday challenges. Enjoy live music from Matthew Moon (www.matthewmoon.com). (88 mins.)

    Get moving, yogis.

    ~Tess

    Photo Credit: Warrior II via www.aliveinthefire.com

  • Mantra + Meditation with Jeanne Heileman

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    If unfamiliar, mantra and meditation may seem mysterious, even overwhelming. Allow Jeanne Heileman to dissolve any mystery and anxiety. Learn about the power of mantra and experience it first-hand in the following online yoga offerings.

    “The biggest thing is to experience it.” ~Jeanne Heileman

    The Use of Mantra

    Listen to Jeanne as she discusses the importance and uses of mantra, as well as the many different kinds and options for mantra in this free online yoga video. To practice mantra, follow up this discussion up with the following online yoga videos.

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    Finding Your Voice: Mantra and the Fifth Chakra in Yoga

    This online yoga practice will explore the use of Mantra throughout the whole class. The practice focuses on aspects of the Fifth Chakra, which are connected to sound and vibration. You will join the students in the class vocalizing the mantra "So Hum" as you move through Sun Salutations and poses. At times, things will get quiet as you silently repeat the mantra, feeling the vibrational quality that the mantra provides. This well-rounded class leads to Sarvangasana (Shoulder Stand) and Matseyasana (Fish Pose). It seems pretty simple on the outside, but the students reported that the experience was very powerful on the inside. Give it a try! Follow up this transformative experience with try Jeanne's Mantra for Meditation. (55 mins.)

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    Mantra for Meditation

    Everything vibrates, either on a slow, dull level or a faster, lighter frequency. The vibration of our speech comes from the vibrations of our respiratory system, which are a result of the vibrations from our thoughts. If we can begin to control the vibrations in our mind, it can eventually ripple outward past our speech and into our actions and our destiny. Mantra can be that powerful! In this online meditation class, the mantra "So Hum" is offered, after some Pranayama to help establish a focused environment. "So Hum" is a simple, safe, and extremely powerful mantra that works in alignment with any spiritual/religious perspective you might already follow. It can also help fill the void if no perspective exists at this time in your life. This meditation is a really wonderful option for when your mind is racing around a lot and concentration is difficult. It is also wonderful for those times when you feel lower in self-esteem, lacking any outer support. The effects of the mantra are truly powerful, and come in time, after many, many repetitions. It's worth doing! (24 mins.)

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    Mantra is an amazing tool to get your conscious out of the way – to re-pattern and re-wire negative thoughts and habits in a very subtle, yet effective way. Tap into your graciousness, goodness, and divinity, transform, and raise your vibration.

    ~Tess

    Photo Credit: Seated Meditation via www.naturealmom.com

  • 10 Ways to Yoga Through Injury

    Injuries suck. I’m dealing with one currently and I’m not gonna lie - I was dealing with it poorly. At first, I allowed it to blow up into a big, fat catastrophe. Initially, I felt pretty damn sorry for myself and incredibly frustrated that I couldn’t hit the mat in the way that I wanted to. After some self-defeating days of pouting, I realized that I was becoming a negative Nancy. No one likes a negative Nancy. So, I said to my self: Self, get over it. Self, stop being a bum. Self, you got this. 

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    If you have an injury, I know it sucks, but it’s no excuse to enter negative Nancy mode like I did. So please, do yourself a favor and rebound quickly from the “poor me” attitude. You got this. If you need some help and inspiration to get over it, read on for tips to avoid morphing into a post-injury bum.

    1. Meditate. Come on. You know it’s good for you. Now that your physical body is temporarily relenting, this just may be the perfect opportunity to sit and be still. Maybe the idea of meditation – of stillness – freaks you out. Guess what? That’s normal. The only way to get over it is to actually meditate and work through the freak-outs. Start now. Check out some of our guided online meditation classes.
    2. Breathe. When the universe deals me some crappy cards, I find that there’s one super effective way to get over what I’ve been handed. Enter Breath of Fire. I know I shouldn’t have favorites and that I shouldn’t be super attached to any particular thing, but I most certainly am addicted to this form of pranayama. First, it’s killer core training. Second, it’s a sweet release. This forceful, powerful breath allows you to let go of the thinking mind and expel all the garbage that comes along with it. You may also release some nasal garbage. It’s cool. Let that go, too.
    3. Do what you can. Don’t entirely give up on the physical practice of yoga if you don’t have to. My current injury is neck related, so I’ve taken this opportunity to really focus on standing balances and stabilizing core work. It’s also given me the opportunity to create sequences that those with neck worries and injuries could handle. See...this is an opportunity in disguise! The universe is sneaky.
    4. Restore. Whip out the restorative party favors. Grab your blankets, blocks, and bolsters and go to town with some restorative yoga at home. But wait. Don’t stop with the restoration process post Namaste. Don’t step off your mat and enter bum mode. Keep feeding your body healing, pure foods, hydrating, and engaging in mentally stimulating and renewing activities.
    5. Surrender. Consider this minor setback a cosmic wake-up call. The universe is telling you to slow down. Listen up and surrender to this cosmic cautioning. You’ve now been warned.
    6. Release excuses. It’s easy to just throw in the towel and say, “To hell with all of this.” It’s easy to slump into your couch, numb the brain with crappy TV, and pig out on ice cream and beer. It’s easy to let an injury totally break you down in brain, body, and spirit. Don’t let it. Commit to a positive healing process. Being hurt isn’t an excuse to totally let yourself go. If you do, you’ll only make it worse.
    7. Stay positive. Don’t let this injury distract you too much. Handle it. Be mindful of it. But don’t let it consume you. This is NOT a catastrophe. This is NOT the end of the world. Consider this obstacle an opportunity to train the mind and body in new, unexplored ways.
    8. Affirm your healing. Write down some self-supporting affirmations to promote healing and keep your vibe high. Recite them daily. Examples: This too shall pass. All is temporary. Obstacles are opportunities…You get the idea.
    9. Recite mantra. Chanting is an awesome way to release tension, anxiety, and all the chatter of the thinking mind. Sing out loud to free your self-pitying, woe-is-me blues. Create elevating, positives vibes.
    10. Remember: Warriors get hurt. They get knocked down. They get roughed up. But then, they get back up. They brush off the crap and keep forging ahead. Getting knocked down and roughed up doesn’t make you any less of a warrior. Just don’t stay down. Get back up. Brush off the crap. This is the stuff of life that makes you strong, yogis.

    ~Tess

    Photo Credit: Warrior I via www.thatsmyyoga.tumblr.com

  • What’s the Yogi Tool of the Trade?

    The basis of yoga is really simple.

    Yoga means to create union between the mind, body, and spirit. The word yoga stems from the Sanskrit root word “Yuj” which means "to yoke" or bring together.

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    To create this union, we yogis need a tool.

    So, what is the magical yogi tool of the trade?

    Take a deep inhale. Okay, now exhale. There it is!

    The breath.

    The breath allows for the deep integration of the mind, body and spirit.

    The breath that we establish throughout the practice is called the Ujjayi breath, also known as the “Victorious Breath.“

    Learn how to do this heating, victorious form of pranayama with Pete Guinosso in his new online yoga class: Using Your Breath to Energize Your Practice.

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    Pranayama (breath/energy movement) is a powerful tool for working the nervous system in your yoga practice and in your life. Learn how to use the breath in this online yoga practice to energize your nervous system and, therefore, you. Explore the advanced practice of sending the breath to reach different parts of your body. Energy flows where our awareness and breath goes. That’s why it is super important to breathe!

    I’ll say it again and again: The breath is your greatest teacher in the practice (and in life). It is your greatest tool. It let’s you know what’s up. It signals you to back off. It allows you to go deeper. It frees up tension, stress, and anxiety. And it allows you to release your thinking mind - to let go of all the distractions surrounding you. It allows you to let go. What an awesome tool, right? Heck yea, it is! But like anything, you need to actually practice using the tool to master it.

    Here’s your chance to practice, yogis.

    Yoga, an ancient but perfect science, deals with the evolution of humanity. This evolution includes all aspects of one's being, from bodily health to self-realization. Yoga means union - the union of body with consciousness and consciousness with the soul. Yoga cultivates the ways of maintaining a balanced attitude in day-to-day life and endows skill in the performance of one's actions. ~B.K.S. Iyengar

    ~Tess

    Photo Credit: Image via www.antaratma.photoshelter.com

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