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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  • 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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  • Alternate Nostril Breath06:55
    Alternate Nostril Breath

    Clare Beagley

    Alternate nostril breath is a great reliver for agitation, anxiety or insomia. It also gently uplifts if you are low on energy. Take this class on it's own to clam your nerves or add to your class before relaxation.



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  • Ujaii Breath Tutorial04:59
    Ujaii Breath Tutorial

    Dylan Ayaloo

    A tutorial step by step explanation of how to practice Ujaii breath - the practice used throughout yoga classes, including the Hot Power Yoga classes and explains its benefits including how the breath keeps us safer thoughout our practice.



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  • Breathing Basics05:31
    Breathing Basics

    Charlie Taylor-Rugman

    In this easy-to-follow introduction, Charlie explains how to notice the movement of the breath in and out of the body and then to a deeper steadier Ujaii flow used in all Ashtanga classes. Props: A block.



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