Kapalabhati Breath, also known as Breath of Fire and 'skull shining' breath is a breathing technique that will cleanse, detoxify and invigorate you. It is said to clear out the cobwebs in the brain. I have been doing this practice regularly lately and have noticed profound effects in my life as a result and so I wanted to share it with you. Give it a try for a week and see if you notice a difference in your life. More energy, clearer mind, help with decision making or anything along those lines.
This is a short practice you can do with your younger kids to get ready for an outing. My two sons Matteo (6) and Owen (3) join me as we do a little mindful movement before we get ready to go to the pool for a swim. Whether you are going to the pool, a park, a bike ride or anything active, it is helpful to join together and practice a little movement to get excess energy out before you leave the house. This allows your children to focus more when you are out because their energy is more grounded and centered prior to walking out the door. I always find the day goes much smoother with my kids when we practice yoga together. Remember, yoga with kids isn't about doing the poses perfectly, it's about building healthy habits like yoga and mindfulness. Sharing with them how the practice has positively impacted your life. Have fun and don't force it. That's why this practice is less than ten minutes long. Go for longer if you can!
Do this one thing and you can change your whole life. You will also positively impact the lives of those around you. There is nothing that I know of that can have as profound an impact in as short of a time as this practice. It takes less than a minute, only about 15 seconds really. Curious? Give it a try. It's easier than you think. Practice it 2-3 times a day or whenever you are feeling stressed, upset, anxious or losing your cool. It will help. The ironic thing is this is probably the easiest practice out there. The results are calm energy, a clear mind and more patience to deal with whatever is happening in your life at the moment.
Here we attempt to practice with two kids. My 6 and 3 year olds both join me for this session. As you will see, by the end, their energy has completely changed. We go through sun salutations and some other poses to help give us an all around practice in a short amount of time. Your kid(s) may do all of it, some of it or none of it, but you can give yourself a little yoga stretch, while hanging out with your little ones. They will see how important the practice is to you and will hopefully feel the energy shift it gives them when you go through the poses together and end in a relaxing savasana.
Did you know that you can improve your entire day simply by breathing a different way? Yes you can and it is just that easy. In this 5 minute practice I will show you two very easy breathing techniques that yogis have been using for thousands of years to induce a state of calm and relaxation. Try it for yourself and see how easy it is to lift your mood and give you easier access to patience, kindness and love. Breathing helps calm the mind and a calm mind is an intelligent mind. Enjoy.
When you only have 10 minutes to practice yoga, this is a perfect practice to get the major muscle groups loosened up and create some energy to help carry you through your next experience. Life is busy and some days you may not feel like you have any time for yoga. Surely you can set aside 10 minutes. This practice will help you feel better mentally and get your physical body ready for your life, whatever that means. From picking up the kids to going to work, we always need to be flexible and mobile. This class will give you just a few basic poses, but it will touch on the spine, hamstrings, hips, calves, back, shoulders and arms. Setting you up for success in whatever you are about to do. Enjoy!
Yoga with little kids is meant to be fun and free flowing. I have many parents ask me how to do yoga with their kids and my advice is to just do it. Get on the mat with your kid(s) and play. If you want them to enjoy yoga and do it more often, then make it fun. There is no need to worry about form or doing it right. Kids love to play and yoga is like adults playing. In this class, we will do some basic poses and go with the flow. It starts out as just my 5 year old and I and then a few minutes in, my 2 year old decides to join. us. We had fun and I hope you and your family have fun doing yoga with us.
My son Matteo joins me once again for a short little kids yoga flow. We do a little core, some cat/cow, a few childs poses, a couple of twists and have lots of fun. You don't have to spend much time on the mat with your toddler to have a successful yoga session. Just be sure to keep it light and make it fun. This will encourage them to do it again with you and hopefully develop some tools that they can use as they get older. We end with a short savasana and brief meditation. Enjoy.
Learn and practice the basics of Zen Meditation. This can be a great place to start if you have wanted to try meditation, but haven't yet. Zen meditation is easy enough that anyone can do it. There are no mantras or anything, you are just sitting, breathing and coming in and out of awareness. Give it a try, it's only 5 minutes.
Power up your day in this short all around yoga flow designed to increase your energy and build strength in your major muscle groups. The arms, legs, back and core will all see some action here. Begin with Breath of Fire and move through Sun salutation variations with push ups, back and leg strengthening and a little core work. Suitable for all levels. Power Up Yogis
Enjoy a series of poses to help get your body ready for meditation. This practice is especially good in the evening after a long day of living life. We will go through a few basic stretches to get your physical body ready to sit for a meditation to complete your day.
Here is the perfect flow for when you just want to feel good. If you haven't practiced yoga in a while and are looking for an all around flow to help you get back into it, then look no further. We start out sitting doing some simple movements to warm up the hips and low back, then move into sun salutations, a basic standing sequence and then down to the floor for some yummy stretches. This class is designed to help clear up energy blockages in the body so your blood and energy can flow freely and you can feel good.