Pranayama for Anxiety and Depression

If I have a swell of emotion such as sadness, frustration or anger, my tendency is to clench and hold the breath. This is not what you want to do; but rather, allow the emotion and that energy to flow. Oftentimes, we’re taught to not show our emotions; rather tense up, push it down, and/or power through it. In my experience, this tends to harm more than heal. Something I have been working with in my own practice in these moments is to breathe and to silently say to myself, “stay open.”

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How Meditation Improved My Headstand

When I meditate, I will imagine the two sides of my body. Starting at the back of the head, at the occipital ridge, I bring my awareness to the even distribution of weight between the two sides. Working down, I will sense my shoulder blades and even them out, hip bones, etc., until my body is resting comfortably on the floor, the points that make contact evenly making contact with the earth.

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Why I'm Failing as a Yoga Teacher, and I Love It!

Since graduating from yoga teacher training, I’ve been trying to build my brand, get my name out there, and establish myself as a successful yoga teacher. I envision teaching to sold out crowds, flying around the globe hosting retreats, workshops and conferences.  But after two and a half years of constant hustle, I find that I am struggling to fill up classes and get teaching gigs.

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