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Austin Update

Last week I was in Austin, TX at a continuing education workshop for certified Viniyoga teachers. It was an intensive on breathLady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center management (a/k/a pranayama) and the critical role of breath in yoga.

As many of you know, this is a fascinating subject to me and it was wonderful to have several days devoted exclusively to exploring pranayama in great depth. It was also a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with old friends and make new ones. Several of us stopped by the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center on the way back to the airport.

Pranayama is a powerful tool. My teacher loves to ask, “What’s more important, your hamstrings or your liver?” The answer is obvious. Then he goes on to say asanas (yoga postures) are to hamstrings as pranayama (breath management) is to liver. Practiced regularly, it’s life changing.

Here are a few of the reasons for including pranayama in your yoga practice:

  • Influences well being and manages stress
  • Promotes good sleep
  • Increases vitality and enhances energy
  • Balances emotions
  • Clarifies thought and focuses the mind
  • Prepares for meditation

Whether you’re focused on your hamstrings or liver or both, all yoga is an opportunity to explore and observe, to go more deeply into understanding your own body, mind and emotions.

Joanne Thompson

Joanne Thompson

Founder/Owner at Yoga for Self

Health is a precious gift and my goal is to help you live a healthier, happier life through yoga. Every private session is uniquely designed just for you. For a free telephone consultation call me at 303.818.4181. Discover whether personalized, private yoga instruction is right for you.
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