Welcome back to my EDTC300 Learning Project!! This will just be a quick post to update all of my followers on how this past week has been. No podcast this week sadly, I have been up to my eyeballs in work and am also dealing with a bit of a sore throat 😦 . Despite my hectic schedule and slight illness, I am proud to say that I have remained on track with my yoga practice! I am proud of myself for being disciplined and keeping up the hard work, even though it is not always easy.
I have still been following along with the video series “Breath – A 30 Day Yoga Journey” on the YouTube channel ‘Yoga with Adriene‘. This video series is great since each practice carries over into the next, with Adriene building on things covered in earlier videos. Rather than post every video from this past week, I will just discuss one of my favorites from the bunch.
In the video “Day 16 – Discipline“, the focus was put on further developing breath control and awareness of how this control affects the body. As I discussed in earlier blog posts, Pranayama is the term given to overall breath control in yoga. There are a variety of Pranayama exercises, and this video in the series from ‘Yoga with Adriene’ introduces another, adding to the Ujjayi Breathing, Breath of Fire, and Alternate Nostril Breathing Pranayama techniques already covered. In this video, the viewer is introduced to the technique of the Sama Vritti Pranayama (also known as ‘equal breathing’ or ‘box breathing’).
Essentially, Sama Vritti consists of inhaling for a given length of time, and then exhaling for the same amount of time (this link will take you to an easy reference for performing Sam Vritti Pranayama). Adriene builds the viewer up to that level, initially asking for slightly longer exhales than inhales. You can follow this link to find a great post discussing the benefits of box breathing/equal breathing. The greatest effect of this practice is that it acts to reduce stress and anxiety. It takes a significant amount of concentration to control ones breath to this degree, which can help with drowning out whatever is causing stress. There is also a physical effect that I personally experienced, namely a significant lowering of my heart rate. I also felt light-headed towards the end of the practice when I was taking 8 second inhales and exhales, but it was not an unpleasant feeling.
Interesting Blog’s I’ve Found
In addition to my continued practice of yoga, I have also been reading more and more about yoga and trying to gain a better understanding. Blogs dedicated to the practice of yoga have been a great resource for me, so I just wanted to share a few of those with all of you.
My favorite yoga blog so far has to be ‘Daily Cup of Yoga‘. This blog contains a significant amount of information, ranging from opinion pieces to more informational posts. One really cool post I found to be quite enlightening was on discussing the Eight Limbs of Yoga. I had been practicing the majority of these Eight Limbs, but it was very cool to gain a deeper understanding of yoga through this reading. I am learning more and more each day that yoga is about more than simply performing poses. A significant part of yoga has to do with attitude, concentration, and removal of outside influence (like distractions and stressors)
Eight Limbs of Yoga:
- yama (attitudes towards our environment)
- niyama (attitudes towards ourselves)
- asana (physical postures)
- pranayama (breathing practices)
- pratyahara (sense restraint)
- dharana (concentration)
- dhyana (meditation)
- samadhi (complete integration)
Another great blog that I found is the ‘J. Brown Yoga‘ blog. The first thing you will notice about this blog if you visit is the pleasing esthetic. It is very nicely put together and contains a significant amount of very thoughtful posts. The frequency of posts isn’t as high as other blogs like ‘Daily Cup of Yoga‘, but the quality of the posts is top notch! It is clear that the blogger is very thoughtful, knowledgeable, and cares a lot about yoga. The most recent post on this blog, titled “Dawn of the Post-Pandemic Yoga Teacher“, discusses how yoga teachers and places of practice have been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. The author outlines how many brick and mortar yoga centers have been forced to close, with the majority of instruction taking place online. As with any industry, the yoga industry has required flexibility and adaptation over the course of this past year.
Well that does it for another post. Thanks for coming by to check it out! Please feel free to leave a comment, suggestion, or critique down below. I look forward to hearing from you 🙂