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Mala and Pranayama

January 21, 2018

Pranayama: (in yoga) the regulation of the breath through certain techniques and exercises.
Mala: a string of prayer beads, mala is used to keep count of mantra repetitions, or japa, during meditation.

Pranayama are breathing exercises which clear the physical and emotional obstacles in our body to free the breath and so the flow of prana – life energy.

On a physical level by using pranayama techniques we can utilise and strengthen the whole range of our respiratory organs. We explore the lower, middle and upper parts of the breath and regulate the inhalation, retention and exhalation of the breath. A regular pranayama practice can stimulate the parasympathetic system, countering the over stimulation our bodies go through during the Fight or Flight response.

Our breathing patterns are also very closely linked to our emotional states. We will breathe in a different way when we are angry, when we are excited, tired or when we are nervous. However, it works the other way too. We can calm or energize ourselves by changing our breathing patterns.  Even by just taking time out to consciously to become more aware of our breath we can help to start to alter our emotional states.

 

Monday Yoga

June 15, 2017

Your mat can get a bit stinky if you do not clean it often enough. Here are a few tips:

DO clean your mat at least weekly with a homemade spray or store bought wipes.

1/2 cup water
1/2 cup white vinegar
2 to 3 drops each of essential oils like eucalyptus, lemon, lavender, mint, or tea tree

Pour the ingredients into a spray bottle. Spray your yoga mat cleaner liberally over the surface of your mat. If your mat seems especially dirty, let the cleanser sit and soak in a bit before rubbing it off.
Wipe the yoga mat with a microfiber or cotton cloth. Now repeat on the other side.
Allow your mat to air dry, which should take only about 5 to 10 minutes. If it takes longer, try rubbing your mat down one more time with a dry microfiber or cotton cloth to remove the excess water and speed up the drying time.

Wash your mat once a month in a bath or washing machine (gentle cycle)

DON’T use tons of soap; it can make the mat slippery.

DON’T hang your mat out in the sun. Hanging your mat in the sun might sound like a good idea, but it could really dry out your mat.