Here are FREE VIDEOS for your home practice. Write to us giving your feedback and telling us how the practices have changed your health and life for the better. Please click on the pictures below so you can learn the techniques with DJ.
You must have noticed for yourself that when we are experiencing digestive troubles, we tend to be pessimistic and easily irritated. Conversely, a healthy digestive system is more conducive to cheerfulness and optimism.
The practice we learn in this video is called Uddiyana Bandha: an abdominal lock accomplished by emptying your lungs and pulling the abdomen in and up under the rib cage. This is helpful in strengthening and tone the internal organs as well as the abdominal walls. It increases gastric fire; improves digestion, assimilation, and elimination; and purifies the digestive tract of toxins.
DO NOT PRACTICE… if you are pregnant, have hernia, hypertension, heart disease or if you are recovering from acute anorexia nervosa. This should never cause pain, so practice it with awareness and stop at any sign of discomfort. It should be practiced before breakfast, or on an empty stomach.
Uddiyana Bandha is fantastic, but in order to gain balanced digestion, it is also important to observe proper eating and drinking: nutritious, colorful and varied foods and lots of water in between meals.
Do you have the tendency to hold tension in your body?
In this video we learn a technique I first encountered while living in at The Yoga Institute in Mumbai, India. I noticed that most people there didn’t really look their age. Their skin was always glowing despite the pollution of big-crazy-lovely Mumbai… Of course, the food was a big part of it as well as the daily sadhana (spiritual practice). However, someone on the “inside” told me that Kapalandradhauti – the technique I share in this video – is a great injection of vitality not only for the skin, but also for the mood! So, let’s do it!
Kapalandradhauti is a word in Sankrit which means “rubbing the skull”. Its consistent practice improves a number of respiratory conditions, headaches and stress. It can be of great assistance for relaxing and acquiring clarity.
Bhramari or (Humming Bee Breath)
The word “Bhramari” comes from the sanskrit name bhramar which is black humming bee. The practice of bhramari breathing calms the mind, reduces stress and the fight or flight response. It reduces tension, anger, anxiety and insomnia. It has a positive balancing effect on blood pressure. This pranayama is very effective in speeding up the healing of body tissues and may be practiced after surgeries.
The purpose of the Bhramari breathing is to reduce throat ailments. This may have a positive effect on the endocrine glands, especially the thyroids and nervous system. In ancient text of Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Swami Swatmaram says that the person becomes Lord of Yogis and their mind gets absorbed in the supreme bliss. It has a calming effect on the entire nervous system; especially, it stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, which induces muscular relaxation and is very effective in stress management. So this pranayama is very effective for relaxation of body and mind.
Beginners can start with deep breathing practice in any crossed legged sitting position in which the body can be relaxed and the spine is erect.
Then start inhaling through both nostrils, and start creating sound while you exhale.
Initially inhale for 4 seconds through both nostrils while creating sound; then exhale for 6 seconds through both nostrils. This can be practiced for about 1-5 minutes.
You may feel a little cold or a tingling sensation in the throat due to the sound but this is normal.
Under no circumstances the proportion of the breathing should be forced.
If you feel dizzy then please stop the practice and continue normal breathing.