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Full Yogic Breath

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Full Yogic Breath

Benefits

  • Balances the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems, calming the nervous system and reducing stress
  • Enhances metabolism
  • Increases efficiency of the natural breath
  • Corrects poor breathing patterns and habits

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Abhyanga: Ayurvedic Oil Massage

Abhyanga

“The act of massage stimulates the rhythmic dance between one’s hands and the physiology, communicating with the deep connective tissue, inviting the return of harmony and innate intelligence, which is the music of the body expressed as perfect health.”

Abhyanga is a technique that is unique to Ayurveda. It involves mindfully anointing the body with oil to balance one’s physiology and present health conditions. The skin is the largest organ of the body and performs several important functions, including: providing a protective barrier, regulating body temperature, synthesis of vitamin D, maintaining water-electrolyte balance, providing a storehouse of fat, water, salt, and glucose, and maintaining acid-alkaline levels.

It is recommended to do abhyanga daily in a warm environment with an oil that is balancing for your Dosha and present condition. Use a towel or sheet you don’t mind throwing away to prevent oil from staining the floor. By allowing the oil to penetrate the skin, before bathing, it protects, nourishes, and supports one’s mind, body, and spirit. [click to continue…]

Fish Pose

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Matsyasana

Benefits

  • Stimulates the thymus gland, which supports the immune system
  • Heals respiratory ailments such as asthma and bronchitis
  • Regulates the thyroid and parathyroid glands
  • Circulates stagnant blood in the back, alleviating back pain and cervical spondylitis
  • Stretches the abdomen and is good for all abdominal ailments

Effects

To Practice:

 

Contraindications

  • Contraindicated during pregnancy and for those with heart disease, stroke, neck or shoulder pain, high blood pressure, or serious illness
  • Those with low back pain should begin with modifications

Rotated Head to Knee Pose

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Parivritta Janusirshasana

Benefits

  • Massages the internal organs, particularly the kidneys, liver, and spleen
  • Expands the breathing muscles: the ribcage and diaphragm
  • Stretches and massages the sides of the abdomen and chest, balancing the right and left sides of the body
  • Helpful in cases of scoliosis

Effects

To Practice:

  Contraindications

  • Contraindicated during pregnancy, and in cases of low back pain