Yogic breathing in daily life

Everything Matters: Beyond Meds

yogaBy Sangeetha Saran

Deep, thoughtful breathing is a crucial part of yoga. Proper yogic breathing is known as pranayama, which is the science and art of yogic breathing techniques. Because breathing in this way is emphasized in yoga classes, students often assume they can resume normal breathing after leaving. However, by incorporating yogic breathing into your daily life, you can derive even more benefits from it. This type of breathing relaxes the muscles and helps stress melt away. People who practice yogic breathing regularly are happier and more relaxed. The beautiful thing is that you can do it absolutely anywhere.

Take Breaks to Breathe

At first, breathing this deeply and thoughtfully probably won’t come naturally. You’re sure to spend most of your day breathing shallowly. To start incorporating yogic breathing into your daily life, try setting an alarm on your smartphone. Whenever it goes off, set aside a minute or…

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The most alive sadness in your heart

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healingAs you wander through this world, you might become aware of the most alive sadness filling your heart. This is not the sadness of the mind, where something is felt to be missing, but is a reflection of how precious it is to have a human body, senses to make love with everything around you, arms to touch and hold another, and words to speak kindness. Just this is none other than a wild miracle.

Perhaps you find yourself more and more willing to welcome and stay embodied to your rawness and your tenderness, which are now forming the mandala that is your new home. You are moved to an outpouring of tears at a simple sunset, mad crazy in love with the one next to you, and taken to the ground as the moon comes up to share its melancholic sweetness. Lovers are appearing everywhere.

You never really…

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Trauma is often held in the body and experienced as chronic pain

Monica Cassani has insight and I like her “Out of the Box” thinking and treatment modalities

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From Sounds True:

Tami Simon speaks with Dr. Peter Levine and Dr. Maggie Phillips. Dr. Phillips is the director of the California Institute of Clinical Hypnosis and is author of Finding the Energy to Heal and Reversing Chronic Pain: A 10-Point All-Natural Plan for Lasting ReliefDr. Levine is the developer of the groundbreaking Somatic Experiencing® approach to healing trauma. With Sounds True, they have coauthored a book and accompanying CD called Freedom from Pain. In this episode, Tami speaks with Maggie and Peter about the prevalence of chronic pain today, how physical pain may relate to past trauma, and the stages that pain sufferers commonly experience. They also offer inspiring real-world examples and insights about the keys for solving “the puzzle of pain.”

Listen here: 

Peter Levine has also written books that have become classics in the field of recovery from trauma.
●  Waking the…

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Hope for those still in the darkness of protracted psych drug withdrawal or other chronic illness

Mental health is everybody’s business

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dark nightthis is a repost from a year ago with some edits

A long time friend/reader who is still in the worst ugly phase of protracted withdrawal sent me a note the other day. In it he was talking about how he could not come to terms with everything he’d lost. He cannot stop grieving. He feels cheated. He had been an athlete and competent parent and a successful professional in his field. He was prescribed a benzodiazepine for a first time incident with acute anxiety (had no history of prior psychiatric issues or treatment). He took said benzo for only 2 months and he was one of the not unheard of number of folks who react as if they’ve been on meds for decades, like me, when he discontinued it. He’s been ill for 5 years now and is unable to work, parent in a meaningful way or exercise. I…

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dance like nobody’s watching…

I practice this and it is most helpful. Let yourself go and be one with elements.

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‘And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.’ — Friedrich Nietzsche

danceYesterday I went for a walk in the wooded mountains near where I live. I had my iPod with me and I decided to listen to one of the Waves (a mix of dance music audio files) that one of my fellow 5 Rythyms dancers mixed and shared with me. Once I started listening to the music I couldn’t help but turn my walk in the woods into a dance in the woods. Mostly I had privacy but on occasion people did walk past me on the path. I only got smiles, really.

It doesn’t really make sense that going for a run to nowhere and back is considered socially acceptable, but for some reason dancing in nature give people reason to pause. To me it’s about the most…

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Ecstatic dance break

War Over the Warthogs


It’s old, it’s slow, it’s ugly, and—unlike a Swiss army knife—the Air’s Force’s A-10 Thunderbolt II can only do one thing: help grunts on the ground. So think of it as the military equivalent of Grandma’s tarnished turkey-carving knife that only comes out at Thanksgiving. It does a fine job on the old bird, but can a cash-strapped Air Force afford to keep the A-10 flying when its sole mission is to save the lives of U.S. troops in trouble?

As the Pentagon’s budget vise squeezes the Air Force, it is considering a decision to ground its 326 A-10s forever to save money, including $3.5 billion between 2015 and 2019. The idea has triggered a dogfight between the Air Force and A-10 backers on Capitol Hill.

Ground-pounders are caught in the crosshairs. “As an Army guy, I will tell you, the A-10s are very close to the Army, and we’re…

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