Seasonal changes are upon us and although always beneficial, the practice of neti/nasal irrigation is enhanced at this time of year.
In the world of yoga and ayurveda neti is used to reduce the occurrence or the impact of the common cold, flus, allergies, headaches, digestive problems, weight issues, skin issues and more.
It is also used to enhance our pranayama practice (breathing techniques). My previous blog explains the practice of alternate nostril breathing which is one of the most efficient practices to connect with the power of conscious breathing.
In addition to the stated health benefits, the belief is that if the breath is clear and unobstructed it improves mental and emotional clarity which reduces stress and enhances overall well-being.
Neti pots look like little tea pots. They can be purchased at most health food stores, some pharmacies and some yoga centres carry them as well. Expect to pay about $10-$15. If you don't drop it, it will last for years; very good in...
There are eight point four million traditional yoga postures and that is still only one small aspect of the practice. Specific breathing techniques are another aspect of the practice. One of the most basic and yet beneficial breathing techniques is called Nadi shodhanam which in simple terms means alternate nostril breathing.
A little more detail: Nadi is the passage (little river) through which the breath energy flows and shodhanam (cleansing) refers to the healing qualities of the technique.
To practice nadi shodhanam, place the left hand on the left knee in jnana mudra (press the tip of the thumb and tip of the index finger together), palm turned up or down. The right hand is in vishnu mudra (bend the two middle fingers of the right hand into the palm) or extend the index and middle finger and press them on the ajna chakra (point in between the eyebrows).
The thumb is used to close the right nostril. Begin by inhaling slowly through the left. Then press the ring finger and little fing...
Six simple daily practices that bring lasting energy.
Everyday read a little something that inspires you. It can be one paragraph or more. But it's something that makes you smile and connect with yourself beyond your to do list.
This is easily forgotten and yet so beneficial. Starting the day with a glass or even two of water is one of the simplest and yet most efficient ways to stay hydrated and therefore, energized.
Digestion begins in the mouth. There are no teeth in the belly. Digesting takes a lot of energy. If the body needs to do extra work digesting food because it has not been chewed we waste valuable energy and weaken the whole digestive process which impacts our health as a whole.
FOUR: Stay connected with nature
We don't need to be at the cottage (although very nice) to stay connected with nature. It is all around us at all times. See the sky and trees when driving somewhere. Notice temperature and light change's over the course of the day....