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Breathing and Twisting

After attending an online seminar with a well-known fitness instructor, I saw again how valuable are the much more gentle opening and twisting movement taught by TKV Desikachar and Dr N Chandrasekharan.

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Inhale through your Nose!

Here I’m going to talk about the modern disease where people habitually gasp for breath before speaking and how being more breath-aware can help us reduce and finally lose this habit.

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Ujjayi – What is it, really?

As one of the UK’s most experienced practitioners of Ujjayi, who’s practised it daily for over thirty years, I would like yoga enthusiasts to both understand and experience that Ujjayi is an important pranayama for contacting the heart centre.

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‘Forward Breathing’

A handy term may be needed to describe the directional breathing taught by TKV Desikachar. In this blog, I argue from three main points that the term ‘forward breathing’ is both helpful and descriptive.

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Śamanam and Śodhanam

Palliative or soothing practices and challenging or transformative practices go hand-in-hand, both in the way we teach breathing and yoga and in our own approaches to personal practice.

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The Joy of Humming

Humming has healing potential at both a physical and at a psychological level. It can help both to clear your sinuses and to reduce your stress levels. You can do it anywhere it won’t bother other people.

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CYCLIC SIGHING – it’s far from being new!

There’s been some attention recently in the media to a breathwork method which has been called ‘cyclic sighing’. As I see now so often, this is a technique broadly from within yoga that’s been either relabelled or reinvented, without any further background.

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