Pranayama Types and Benefits

Types of Pranayama:
· Nadi Sodhana
· Shitali Pranayama
· Ujjayi Pranayama
· Kapalabhati Pranayama
· Digra Pranayama
· Anuloma Pranayama
· treating a range of stress related disorders
· improving autonomic functions
· relieving symptoms of asthma
· reduces stuttering
· reducing signs of oxidative stress
· depression cure
· steady mind
· strong will-power
· sound judgment
· extends life and enhance perception
· normalize size of cells and make the red corpuscles circulate in all parts of the body, infusing life and vigor throughout

Celebrating a Healthier Detroit

On August 11th, The McKinney Foundation held it's 3rd annual "Celebrating a Healthier Detroit" at Belle Isle.  I was asked to share my passion and knowledge of yoga at the event.  Here is a link to the McKinney wordpress site to find out what I shared at the event.

It was an honor to invovled in the movement towards a healthier Detroit.

Live each breath now

Each breath is tied inextricably to the present moment; you are not breathing in the past or the future, but only right now.

Yoga in the Green House

Come join me and one of my teachers in supporting Yad Ezra on September 18th. Visit the link for more information.

Leadership of Action

May your every action reflect the best of yourself.

Is there more to B?

Prior knowledge lets us know that one plus two is three. That is factual in a realm of constants. But what about in a world of variables? Do we put ourselves in a land of pattern and habit without conscience effort to explore if there is more, changes, and differences? If I do something to A then I get B. Is there more to B? Can we be open that new approaches offer new solutions and new perspectives to what the outcome may be. See how you can find more than what is expected or is the norm in your life. Love to hear your feedback on your findings and explorations, so share!

Earth Day

Try using less water today, make less trash, recycle, reuse, use candles. Every effort has an effect! Each of us can change the world, our small efforts are powerful. The Dalai Lama said "If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito."
The effect of each thought, gesture, and act is real. What can you do now?

Doing it daily

If you want to be good at math, you have to do it regularly. If you want to be good at painting, you have to work it regularly. The same is true for your yoga practice. If you want to connect deeper, engage with ease, and have a fuller experience then come to your mat daily. Everyday, meditate 5 minutes or longer, practice pranayama, and asana. If you don't know what order you should do the poses, ask me and I can offer some suggestions for a healthy balanced asana practice. So get on your mat daily and feel the difference. Share your journey as you work it on the daily here. I look forward to hearing from you!

Practice at home

One of my favorite new ways of practicing is with
There are all sorts of different teachers/styles and levels. It is like being at a class but in the privacy of your own home. Try it out and let me know your thoughts!

BKS Iyengar shares a breath

Breathing is the greatest pleasure in life

Even if it is only for 1 minute, turn your attention to how wonderful it is to breathe. See if you can experience the joy, the power, and the life that your breath gives you. Comment below and share what your breath has shown you.

Ujjayi Pranayama

Ujjayi means the ocean and this pranayama is about mimicking the oceanic sound or the sound of the waves. Victorious Breath.

· be seated in a comfortable position crossing your legs.

· Now start to inhale and exhale deeply using your mouth.

· While doing this, constrict your throat as if something is choking it when you exhale and inhale the air. This will produce a sound similar to the ocean when you breath.

· Now close your mouth and start to breath using your nose, but maintain the same tone to your throat so you still continue to make the same sound as your breath.

· exercise for about ten to fifteen times.

Shitali Pranayama

Shitali means cool

seated in a comfortable position. Cross your legs and take five to six deep breaths to get yourself prepared.

Now open your mouth in a "o" shape and start to inhale through the mouth. When you exhale, do so with your nose

This can be repeated five to ten times.

Nadi Sodhana Pranayama

· Sit down in a comfortable place assuming a cross legged position
· Now use your thumb (right hand) to close the right side of your nose. Inhale deeply using the left nostril
· Now close the left nostril with middle finger (right hand) and exhale using the right nostril
· In the same way, now with the left nostril still closed, inhale using the right nostril and exhale with the left one
· doing this exercise for around 10 - 15 times.