David answers the question: Should you do other exercise besides yoga? He explains why yoga offers some kinds of exercise benefits, but not others.
David summarizes research which suggests that activity by the parasympathetic nervous system, specifically the vagal nerve, is involved when we see the beneficial heart rate variability increase that occurs at low breathing rates like the type of breathing rates that would occur in yogic breathing practices.
David discusses how the bandhas could be understood as physical, energetic, metaphorical and as an object of meditation. Bandhas are a multilayered concept.
David summarizes recent research that suggests that yoga practice can increase equanimity. Frequency of practice and intention affected impacts of practice.
Researchers propose a model which suggests that yoga and other contemplative practices work by using specifically regulated breathing techniques (low respiration rate, long exhalations) which stimulate the vagal nerve, and in that way, positively affect the parasympathetic nervous system.
David explains from an anatomical perspective why breathing in twists can feel so challenging! Learn how you can evolve your twists and breathe easier.
This month David is highlighting the internal and external intercostal muscles. Take a look at where these important breathing muscles attach, what actions they do, and how they are used in yoga practice.
This month David is highlighting the diaphragm muscle. Take a look at where this very unique muscle attaches, what action it does, and how it is used in yoga practice.
This month David is highlighting the scalene muscles. They work to stabilize and move the neck. They also assist as secondary respiratory muscles! Take a look at where these muscle attach, what actions they do, and how they are used in yoga practice.
We shouldn’t take it lightly when we ask or direct people to breathe in very specific ways. Breathing is personal to all of us. There may be long standing physical patterns, emotions, or trauma mixed into the way we breathe. We should be aware that breathing in different ways has different affects on us. The rate of inhalation can be stimulating, agitating, or calming.
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