Beginning again in 2020

Beginning again in 2020

Happy 2020! Thanks so much for choosing to be here. Even if you’re not able to read every email or attend classes at our studio, I am deeply grateful for your presence in our community. For me, a new year feels fresh with so many possibilities. It’s easy...
Extended Exhale

Extended Exhale

Extended Exhale by Nicole Blackwood http://nicoleblackwood.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/Extended-Exhale.m4a ​This breathing technique guides you towards gradually extending your exhale, which can slow your heart rate and calm your nervous system. It can require more...
Introduction to Ujjayi Pranayama

Introduction to Ujjayi Pranayama

This breathing technique can help steady a wandering mind while fully aerating the lungs. It can soothe the nervous system, alleviate exhaustion, and leave you feeling replenished. Inhale slowly, quietly, deeply, and steadily, keeping your mind quiet as you fill the...
Abdominal Breathing

Abdominal Breathing

Physiologically, abdominal breathing is more effective than breathing shallowly into our chest, which is what many people do. Shallow breathing is a result of the stress response in the body. Additionally, in a culture that promotes a flat belly as desirable, some...
Three-Part Breath

Three-Part Breath

After you become comfortable with abdominal breathing, try this technique where you take slow, deep breaths through your nose to sequentially fill and empty the belly, ribs, and chest. Three-Part Breath by Nicole...
Breath Awareness

Breath Awareness

This breathing technique can help you attain better self-awareness of the body and mind. You can use it as a practice on its own, in preparation for yoga or meditation, or before Savasana (relaxation). Simply find a comfortable seat on the floor or in a chair and turn...