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Pranayama Resources

Below are top resources on SparkPeople for Pranayama.

A Beginner's Guide to Yoga

Yoga, which comes from the Sanskrit yuj word meaning "union," originated in India more than 5,000 years ago. There are many forms of yoga, but in general, yoga focuses on breathing techniques (pranayama), postures (asanas), flexibility, and...  Read more

13 Yoga Poses for Runners

When I first started running, I felt sore and tight, despite stretching thoroughly afterwards. I started thinking that running wasn't meshing well with my yoga practice. Yoga helped me loosen my muscles, but running only seemed to tighten them. A...  Read more

Benefits of Yoga

I myself have experienced yoga’s healing power in a very real way. Weeks before a trip to India in 2002 to investigate yoga therapy, I developed numbness and tingling in my right hand. After first considering scary things like a brain tumor and multi...  Read more

6 Apps To Help You De-Stress In Minutes

6 Apps To Help You De-Stress In MinutesThere's no doubt that technology can be stressful. While 24/7 connectivity certainly makes some things more convenient, a plugged-in life can take a toll on our well-being. Scientists have linked heavy tech use...  Read more

7 Yoga Essentials for Beginners

At its very core, yoga is about connecting the mind and body. You can "do" yoga without any equipment at all. Even sitting and breathing mindfully as you quiet the mind is a form of yoga. That said, when you do a yoga DVD or take a class,...  Read more

You Asked: How Do I Breathe in Yoga?

For my students, breathing is the topic in yoga that prompts the most questions: How do you breathe in yoga? Should it be loud? How do I make that "noise" when I breathe? When the poses get too hard, I become out of breath. How can I keep b...  Read more

Pranayama, Bliss, and 10,000 steps

So I did the 1:2:2 breathing exercise using 5 seconds last night before bed and was surprised at how much difference 1 second can make! I think I'll be sticking with this one for a while. I've also been doing the daily gratitude exercises on my Bli...  Read more

Pranayama 1:2 With 6 Seconds

I've been trying out different breath patterns every night before bed for 15 minutes. My go to has always been a 4 second 1:2:2 where I inhale for 4 seconds, hold for 8 seconds, and exhale for 8 seconds, but I was getting a little bored so I decided...  Read more