Controlling the Breath for Well Being – Pranayama Part 1

Pranayama is the technique of breath control during yoga or meditation. The origin of the term is Sanskrit, literally translated as ‘control of the life force’. Pranayama is an incredibly powerful technique that can influence both the mind and body. If performed incorrectly however the influence can be negative. There are many ways of controlling the breath, including changing rate, depth, mouth shape and other variables.

But how can Pranayama work? How can changing the breathing have any impact on our body?

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Yoga For Low Back Pain

Back pain is an unfortunately common problem. It is estimated that 80% of us will experience significant low back pain at some time in our lives. The US spends $90 billion per year in treating low back pain, and low back pain is the second leading cause for lost days at work.

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Light, Joy and a whole lot of Contentment

It’s almost that time again.

The snow that filled the amphitheater atop Rib Mountain has been soaked back into the earth or evaporated into the sky.

This corner of the world that peers over Wausau offering quiet respite, a vast view and one of the best ‘seats in the house’ is ready and waiting for us to roll out our mats and set ourselves free with yoga.

Yoga on top of a mountain during the heart of summer will make you healthy and happy.

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How Should You Practice Yoga Postures?  

Effort and Ease

Practicing yoga postures can help us cultivate the very useful skill of being at ease even when something is difficult.  We can learn to be present with opposing forces when practicing the physical postures of yoga (asana) and in daily life.

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Yoga, MS & Neurological Conditions

Yoga can be a helpful practice of self-care for people with multiple sclerosis (MS) and other neurological conditions (such as stroke, traumatic brain injury, Parkinson’s disease, Lyme’s disease, Lou Gehrig’s disease). Yoga practices such as gentle postures, seated breathing practices, hand movements, guided relaxation, sound, and meditation can be adapted to help people with neurological conditions manage symptoms and maintain function.

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‘Eggs’straordinary Asparagus Frittata

We’re kicking off our local food and nutrition blog at 5 Koshas Yoga & Wellness by paying homage to that versatile, portable, nutritious, spheroid packet of protein…the egg.  There is no better time than Easter to feature eggs as we all color, decorate, hide, and hopefully find them.

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The Yoga of Heart: A Simple Practice

We all exist within our own unique expression of physical structure, physiology, mind, personality and heart. These layers of our being, also known as the koshas or sheaths or layers of being, provide a passageway into our deep center, the cave of our heart.

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