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Breathing is the most fundamental of our body's physical processes and our most intimate companion—yet most of us give it little to no thought. However, once fully acknowledged and harnessed, the power of the breath is unlimited. It can ease stress and anxiety, boost energy and stamina, enhance self-confidence, sharpen the ability to focus, strengthen the quality of voice, and even relieve pain.
With The Power of Breath, renowned yoga teacher Swami Saradananda aims to give gentle yet powerful guidance on the art of breathing, from the basic practices to its myriad effects on the mind and body. She explores the five types of breath—vitalizing (prana), nourishing (samana), expansive (vyana), cleansing (apana) and expressive (udana)—and provides breathing exercises for each one. She also offers mini programs for targeting specific common ailments and issues such as asthma, skin disorders, depression, lethargy and phobias—plus ways to harness your breath to enhance vocal, dramatic, or sports performance.
With evocative artwork, inspiring photography, and easy-to-follow guidance, this book will enhance and affirm your daily life through the power of breathwork.
Mudras are an ancient and often overlooked Eastern practice that involves making established hand gestures which direct subtle energy to boost health and wellbeing. This definitive, fully illustrated guide to the art of mudras provides a highly practical and inspirational overview of how to use these subtle and beautiful gestures to revitalize every aspect of your life, not just in your yoga or meditation practice.
The introduction lays the foundation for mudra practice with chapters showing why and how to do the mudras themselves. Chapters are also dedicated to different parts of the hand and their corresponding elements, illustrating holistic benefits, like boosting inner strength, relieving stress, enhancing creativity, and increasing concentration. Each mudra entry includes an accompanying chant, meditation, pranayama, asana, or visualization.
Mudras for Modern Life also provides a series of highly useful mudra routines for a range of both physical and emotional health issues from anxiety and chronic fatigue to arthritis and headaches.
Purification (saucha) is a central aim of all yogic practices – the first principle of self-discipline (niyama) in Patanjali’s eight-limbed approach – as the ancient yogis believed that impurities in our internal body adversely affect our state of mind and prevent the attainment of true contentment. And kriyas – little-known ancient yoga techniques designed to cleanse the body, mind and emotions – have far-reaching relevance in today’s society of over-consumption.
After a fascinating introduction, Swami Saradananda presents six main chapters of kriyas and other cleansing techniques relating to our five senses and the mind (which controls our senses), each with a specific aim: clarifying our vision in life (sight), enhancing our communication skills (sound), optimizing our energy and allowing us to breathe more deeply (smell), nourishing us and enhancing our capacity to ‘digest’ life (taste), enhancing our connection with others (touch), and simplifying our life and filling it with sublime thoughts (mind). Each chapter includes at least one yoga pose as well as a breathing exercise, mudra, mantra, cleansing chakra visualization and any more specific techniques relevant to optimal well-being in that area. The book then ends with a chapter of routines for a wide range of conditions, from physical complaints such as headaches or tinnitus, to emotional ones such as sadness, guilt and anger.The end result? Readers will end up with all the holistic detox tools they need to feel overall better, lighter, happier and healthier in their own skin.
Relax and Unwind with Yoga is designed to help you reap the full benefits of yoga for practical and emotional wellbeing by following a daily routine that doesn't require a huge amount of commitment. Ideal for the beginner with no previous experience, it outlines all the basic/key exercises (asanas) you will need in addition to giving you information on how, where and when to practice them. There is plenty of insight into the philosophical background of yoga and helpful tips on diet and lifestyle. Supporting materials, including a practice diary, will allow you to record your progress, while a list of teachers and sources for taking it further will be useful to all those who wish to deepen their practice.
NOT GOT MUCH TIME?
One, five and ten-minute introductions to key principles to get you started.
Lots of instant help with common problems and quick tips for success, based on the authors' many years of experience.
Tests in the book and online to keep track of your progress.
EXTEND YOUR KNOWLEDGE
Extra online articles at www.teachyourself.com to give you a richer understanding of how to get on TV.
FIVE THINGS TO REMEMBER
Quick refreshers to help you remember the key facts.
Innovative exercises illustrate what you've learnt and how to use it.
Laut der Gesundheitslehre Ayurveda sammelt sich im menschlichen Organismus sogenanntes Ama an: Giftstoffe, die aus ungesunder Nahrung, aber auch ungesunden Gedanken und Verhaltensweisen entstehen. Ama beeinflusst nicht nur den Körper negativ, sondern bedroht auch den inneren Frieden, trübt den Blick und die Sinne und kann einem regelrecht und dauerhaft die Laune verderben.
Yoga hält für diese Zustände eine ganz besondere Abhilfe parat: Die Kriyas, überraschend einfache und überzeugende Techniken, die die fünf Sinne und den Geist reinigen, Spannungen beseitigen und energetische Blockaden lösen. Yogahaltungen, Atemübungen, Mudras (Fingeryoga), Mantras, Visualisierungen und spezifische Reinigungstechniken wie die Nasenspülung oder Entgiftungsbäder werden in diesem mit farbigen Illustrationen und Fotos ausgestatteten Buch genau und leicht nachvollziehbar erklärt.