Breathe, chant, explore

Far from being simply a physical exercise, yoga encompasses a wide range of techniques and practices.   On this page we are building up a range of tutorials to develop and perfect your skills in the yogic arts of pranayama (breathing techniques), mudra (gestures) and bandha (locks).  With time these practices will serve to deepen and enrich your work on the mat and broaden your outlook on life.

 

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  • Take a Break: Yoga & Qigong Part2: Focus + Clarity18:10
    Take a Break: Yoga & Qigong Part2: Focus + Clarity

    Mimi Kuo-Deemer

    The second in our series to provide a constructive break during work or study. These Yoga and Qigong practices all provide you with renewed clarity, and will help clear the cobwebs, also focus on clear alignment through the spine and limbs. It’s great to bring a mental focus and concentration back into the body when we're too in our heads. With some precision in our alignment as well as intentional practices from qigong such as ‘clearing the cobwebs’ (one of my favourites!), we can move forward with our day more embodied awareness and presence.



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  • Take a Break: Yoga & Qigong Part1:  Exhale + Sooth 21:59
    Take a Break: Yoga & Qigong Part1: Exhale + Sooth

    Mimi Kuo-Deemer

    Take a short break from studies or your work. Much of our body’s tension is muscular, but actually, what the muscles and our body crave when we feel tight is deep, satisfying breaths.This short practice releases tension by focusing on exhaling fully and uses Burmese qigong, chest and shoulder openings and forward folds to calm and sooth the mind. Perfect for taking a break to release tension during the day, but also great after a hard day's work. Clothing by Rumi X.



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  • Live at Yoga Garden Party: Rebalance with the Prana Vayus01:20
    Live at Yoga Garden Party: Rebalance with the Prana Vayus

    Zephyr Wildman

    This class on the Prana-Vayus is an experiential exploration into your breath-work. A must for all practitioners! Prana is lifeforce and Vayus mean the vehicle to experience the lifeforce. Starting with a short talk on the role of prana in the body, the class moves into some slow, steady vinyasa and then further breath-work followed by a long guided meditation. A truly balancing, calming and energising class, deeply rooted in the origins of yoga, perfect for finding out more about this beautiful practice. Suitable for all levels.



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  • Teacher Student Chant06:34
    Teacher Student Chant

    Andrea Kwiatkowski

    A call and response Teacher Student Chant. A chant to honour and remember the precious relationship between student and teacher.



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  • Chant to Ganesh08:23
    Chant to Ganesh

    Andrea Kwiatkowski

    Invocation to Lord Ganesh, who is the remover of obstacles and who guards the doorway to the enlightened realms. His blessings are essential for good beginnings. A lovely chant to bless something new that's happening in life. Enjoy! Om gam ganapataye namaha



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  • Chant: Lokah Samastah06:46
    Chant: Lokah Samastah

    Emma Henry

    A classic chant, often used in Jivamukti yoga classes. It means may all beings everywhere be happy. Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu.



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  • Chant: Govinda Gopala 06:32
    Chant: Govinda Gopala

    Emma Henry

    Starting with 3 Om's and then call and response to this wonderful chant. This chant asks for protection. Govinda Hare Gopala Hare Hey Prabhu Dinadayala Hare.



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  • Pick Me Up Energy Enhancer13:16
    Pick Me Up Energy Enhancer

    Andrea Kwiatkowski

    A pranayama (or breath-work) practice with some Yin yoga to see where your energy is at any particular time of the day, and liven yourself up using just your breath! A magical practice!



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  • Chant: Raghupati Raghava08:14
    Chant: Raghupati Raghava

    Emma Henry

    A chant to the god Ram, this chant is about finding perfection in our own life and being selfless for others. Raghupati raghava rajaram Patita paavana Sita Ram Sita Ram Sita Ram Sita Ram Jaya Sita Ram



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  • Yoga: The Basics15:41
    Yoga: The Basics

    Sylvia Garcia

    Get the basics right with this perfect introduction to yoga. Sylvia explains how to practice yogic breathing, what are bandhas (or energy locks) and some key poses.



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  • Inner Axis: Learn To Breathe10:52
    Inner Axis: Learn To Breathe

    Max Strom

    In this short interview and demonstration Max Strom teaches us the basis of the breathing technique, Ocean Breath. This is a wonderful technique for dealing with all kinds of stress as well as being the basis for breathing during yoga practice.



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  • Pranayama To Calm17:02
    Pranayama To Calm

    Bridget Woods-Kramer

    A pranayama (or breath-work) class to teach various breathing techniques which create a sense of calm. These are wonderful techniques to use when life is challenging, or when you're facing a more stressful time in your life.



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  • Qigong Breathing16:15
    Qigong Breathing

    Mimi Kuo-Deemer

    Any time you need to calm and nourish yourself, try these 5 types of breathing that lead to Embryonic Respiration, and then finish with a simple, gentle yet potent practice called Inner Nourishment. In China, this practice has been done since the Ming Dynasty. Believed to strengthen all internal organs, it has strong affect on digestion and respiration, menstruation, fatigue and heart disease.



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  • Solar Channel Breathing01:59
    Solar Channel Breathing

    Sri Dharma Mittra

    The perfect technique for whenever you need courage. Solar Channel Breathing could be your saviour in many situations from going to the dentist to meeting your new boss. A great technique to add to your toolbox.



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  • Alternate Nostril Breathing04:23
    Alternate Nostril Breathing

    Sri Dharma Mittra

    The most efficient way to purify. Perfect your alternate nostril breathing technique for balance and purification with Sri Dharma Mittra.



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  • Humming Bee Breathing03:15
    Humming Bee Breathing

    Sri Dharma Mittra

    Recommended for use before any class to improve concentration. Sri Dharma Mittra's Tutorial on the humming bee breath begins with a short chant invoking guidance and protection during practice.



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  • Uddiyana Bandha Tutorial02:31
    Uddiyana Bandha Tutorial

    Lucy McCarthy

    Perfect your Abdominal Contraction technique with this short tutorial. Uddiyana has many benefits; improving blood circulation to the core, strengthening internal organs and distributing energy throughout the body. Once you have mastered 3 rounds, you can gradually increase to 10 rounds over a few months.



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  • Kapala Bhati  Breath04:46
    Kapala Bhati Breath

    Mimi Kuo-Deemer

    In this short class, Mimi shows the energising Kapala Bhati breath which is an invigorating tool for energising the body and clearing the mind of negative emotions.



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