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What Yoga Is

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by Maggie Anderson

Yoga is not just my passion, but my life. It's a big part of my calling. Yoga is hard to explain in one word and yet so simple. Most people who know me know that I live yoga as much as I can! I teach yoga four times a week and practice even more than that (not just the physical asana practice but all forms – 8 limbs – of yoga). And even right now I have been guided to begin creating my very own 200-hr. Vinyasa Yoga Flow Teacher Training – my area of expertise.

I started practicing yoga when I began my weight loss journey over 9 years ago. The more I practiced the more yoga I desired. I couldn't and still can't get enough.

Yoga is Namaste. Yoga is sublime.

Through my dedicated yoga practice, I am able to handle life with more grace, flow and ease. Through yoga we can heal ourselves physically, but also just as important mentally, emotionally and spiritual. As I practice yoga I get deeper into my true self; ripping away the layers that no longer serve me – obtaining a deeper connection to Source/God.

Yoga's natural side effects are alleviating stress and anxiety while providing unlimited physical benefits to the body including shedding those unwanted pounds. Yoga's goal is to assist you in aligning with the true essence that you are. Along the way you will notice more peace and a calm that comes from within in any situation. You realize you are living yoga every moment of your life.

For many who begin yoga, it starts as a physical attraction to become more limber and feel more calm. The other "side effects" of yoga may slowly creep in on a person and before you know it they are not just obtaining their initial reason for practicing but they are BEING more connected; FEELING more free, kind, loving and loved. Life becomes more manageable. It can come at you in subtle ways or it might take ahold of you the very first time you practice. Yoga to me is magical and so very natural.

Yoga is connection.

Connection to the Earth and the Self, as well as the divine connection to the cosmic consciousness. Yoga Asana is the physical practice of yoga; the movement portion of yoga that many of us are well aware of. Asana yoga is the doorway into a deeper connection. Through the practice of all forms of yoga it is possible to awaken your Kundalini and eventually achieve enlightenment. (If you aren't aware of Kundalini, which is our divine essence, you can learn more by reading this artcle and by purchasing my book Divine Embrace.)

As we flow through life accumulating toxins, Yoga provides the detox our bodies need. Yoga removes these from our bodies naturally. Yoga also removes the toxicity of the mind. Our mind thoughts, if left unchecked, can become a disease. Stress, anxiety, depression and a general sense of unease rests within us as we allow our mind thoughts to take hold of our very existence. Yoga brings space and freedom back where there seemed to be no room for before.

As I said, many people begin yoga to assist them with physical issues but then as they practice, there is an opening – an awakening. Amazing. This is not just exercise. You will see if you choose to practice. Doing yoga provides freedom. Space is created in yoga to BE. Magic occurs as you focus, breathe consciously, gaze deeply, go inward, create space and ultimate freedom.

All stress comes from a disconnection from Self; from Source. You may start out doing the physical practice of yoga and even meditation for your health, to relieve stress or shed a few pounds, but it's ultimately a disconnected feeling that draws you to yoga even subconsciously – to reconnect once again to your Soul; your Source and/or God.

Life can feel like such a rollercoaster and practicing yoga can bring you down from always feeling like you are in that whirlwind! Life becomes balanced and manageable. Karendayal Bliss Life Yoga has a saying I love:

"Life happens. Life in the flow."

We learn over time that nobody can solve our problems, but someone can guide you how to solve the problem. You may receive guidance through a teacher, a guru or even strangers that you run into every day. As we practice yoga we learn that the more we know, the less we truly know. Every day I am reminded how much I truly do not know; a very humbling experience.
Yoga teaches me to be present. To just live for being and enjoying life as it is right NOW. Not ten minutes from now, no five days ago, but right now. We are taught to get out of our heads, to release worries and fears of the past or the future and to only live for this very moment. Presence.

"Lead me from untruth to truth, lead me from darkness to light." ~ Buddha

Through yoga we are reminded that we do have a dark side as well as a light side. We are not to repress the dark side, but embrace that side of our Self. We are the yin and the yang. We ultimately cleanse the dark stuff we hold inside. We shine the light on this. We must make friends with dark side. Both positive and negative balance out the whole. Daily practice refines and improves our inner vision to see our Self more clearly. We no longer need to run from fears. Face them and say I'm not running from you anymore. So much is in our heads, so much dark is only in our heads, self-doubt judgment betrayal. Yoga grounds the body so that the light and dark sides of ourselves become clear. So much is truly untrue. But as we diligently practice we are able to find the middle ground and walk our centered balanced line in life. We gain balance in centered lightheartedness. We can have harmony in both light and dark.

"Yoga tells us that the world is actually a projection of our own thoughts and we can modify our inner world to manifest into our outer world. When our inside realm is at peace and in harmony, our outer world shines this projection back at us."
~ David, Jiva Mukti Yoga co-founder

Yoga is observation.

We can observe our world and see what part that is in us is begin reflected back to us. We can then see what part of us needs modification or adjustment in order to have our outer reality reflect back to us the peace, happiness and love we so greatly desire and deserve.

Yoga is already inside of you. Happiness is there. Yoga helps you peel away the onion layers to get to the core. To freedom. The deepest Divine connection to the Ultimate Light Source.

Come out of wanting and back into acceptance and Joy. A yogi or yogini can turn any situation into bliss. That is a yogi. Yoga is being now. Ultimate yoga is meditation. Just BE.

Yoga is love.

"Love is the light that dissolves all walls between souls." 
~ Paramahansa Yogananda

Through a dedicated practice of all forms of yoga we can participate in the world with a sense of freedom, unaffected from trauma, depression, anger, etc. The freedom is balance in both.


Maggie Anderson is a Yoga & Spiritual Teacher, Reiki Master Teacher, Integrated Energy Therapy® Master Instructor, Soul Coach®, Past Life Coach, Magnified Healing® Master Teacher and Angelights Messenger. She is the author of How I Found My True Inner Peace and Divine Embrace. You can contact Maggie at SpiritualCompassConnection.com.

"Follow Your Bliss. It's Your Spiritual Compass."

The 8 Limbs of Yoga

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by Maggie Anderson

So much activity and anxiety exists in the world. So much can be relieved from practicing all forms of yoga. Yoga is not just the physical asana practice but encompasses many elements for a mind, body and soul connection. In ancient Yoga traditions they were aware of the transformation of the body as inevitable and set up a beautiful complete practice of yoga called the 8 limbs of yoga.

I'll explain in brief the 8 limbs of yoga. By following these 8 limbs of yoga you are consciously preparing your body for the Kundalini awakening process that follows. This builds up your physical body, your mental body and spiritual body's with prana and the necessary energy to withstand and go through the inevitable changes that will occur once Kundalini awakens. Yoga provides mental, physical and spiritual benefits. It's an all-around balanced practice (sadhana).

The eight limbs of yoga are described as follows:

1. Yama: Universal morality or restraint (outside ourselves with others). Both the Yama's and Niyama's have five characteristics, rules or laws that are considered the ten disciplines of yoga. Yama's five characteristics of moral behaviors towards others are as follows: 
• Ahimsa – Compassion for all living things 
• Satya – Commitment to Truthfulness 
• Asteya – Non-stealing 
• Brahmacharya – Sense control 
• Aparigraha – Neutralizing the desire to acquire and hoard wealth

2. Niyama: Personal observances or discipline (inside ourselves). Nyama's five inner moral guidelines for oneself are: 
• Sauca – Purity 
• Santosa – Contentment 
• Tapas – Disciplines use of our energy 
• Svadhayaya – Self study 
• Isvarapranidhana – Celebration of the Spiritual

3. Asanas: Body postures

4. Pranayama: Practice of breathing exercises and control of prana

5. Pratyahara: Control of the senses or withdrawal. A non-attachment so that the world is not a distraction to the inner self.

6. Dharana: Concentration and cultivating inner perceptual awareness. The ability to focus on something uninterrupted by external or internal distractions.

7. Dhyana: Devotion, Meditation on the Divine. Building upon Dharana so that the focus is no longer on one thing but all-encompassing.

8. Samadhi: Ecstasy, bliss, Union with the Divine. This builds upon Dhyana to transcendence or enlightenment.

I am happy to recognize that what I have included in my books How I Found My True Inner Peace, and Divine Embrace as guidelines that have worked for me and as my offering to assist us in a smooth transition to awakening to full self-realization, is very much in line and similar with the 8 limbs of yoga.

Of course I frame it in a more modern way with funny quirks of my own self. It is after all my expression that I offer. I am rather happy to have found this out after having written this book series. It is a true testament that we are One with the Divine and connections are happening at deep levels. When you start to connect within yourself, and may have already, you will see and feel the deep connection deep inside. You will receive those synchronicities and signs to help you along
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The 8 limbs of yoga truly are wise. This ancient wisdom offers us the knowledge that may have seemed hidden but has been here all along. The ancient yogi's came to this knowledge. As have I, you too will come to this wisdom from within even if you don't have the guidance of the 8 limbs themselves. Suddenly, it all makes sense and you are there. They help you through and allow you to realize it does balance out and you will naturally evolve as we all will.


Maggie Anderson is a Yoga & Spiritual Teacher, Reiki Master Teacher, Integrated Energy Therapy® Master Instructor, Soul Coach®, Past Life Coach, Magnified Healing® Master Teacher and Angelights Messenger. She is the author of How I Found My True Inner Peace and Divine Embrace. You can contact Maggie at SpiritualCompassConnection.com.

"Follow Your Bliss. It's Your Spiritual Compass."

Time to Breathe

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by Maggie Anderson

Create space with breath. As you focus only on your breath, your attention to thoughts goes away and you are in the present moment, allowing space and stillness to be there. Breathing, in and of itself, holds the key to our divine connection. For without breathing we would not survive. Become aware of your breath in every moment. Your breath is always in the present. Breath awareness is most powerful and transformational.

Breath is the key to relaxation. Pranayama is a Sanskrit word that means lengthening of the prana or breath. Prana is life force or vital energy. Pranayama yoga is a practice of control of breath. Prana itself is the essence and energy of God/Divine itself. It is everywhere. It is in the trees, the flowers, the sun and it is vital to our very survival. That is why we are so linked with Mother Nature.

Ancient yogi's believed that we are each born with a certain amount of breaths. So as we work towards elongating our breaths or controlling our breathing we elongate our lifespan. Whether the number of breaths per individual life is true or not, conscious breathing is beneficial for our mind, body and soul. Practicing pranayama/breathing technique reduces stress, cleans and clears toxins from the body and so much more.

Time to Breathe... I've seen profound results in just breathing through your intention and feeling it. Breathe very deeply in and very slowly out. Use the full capacity of your lungs. Be with the sound and rhythm of your breath. Become aware of your breath and most especially at the tail end of your out-breath. There is a stillness and energy here. Focus on your breath for a time. Feel the energy body within you expand. Breathe and then your focus is on the intention while allowing the energy to flow to you and through you. You are focusing only on the present moment. In this present moment your power resides. When in this present state of mind you can pinpoint and focus on your desired goal. Be focused and enjoy the divine energy flowing to you always. Remember what you focus upon expands. So focus on the positive elements of love, peace and joy as you intend! Enjoy breathing in the present moment!

As stated in Heart of Yoga by T.K.V. Desikachar, "An emphasis on long inhalation and holding the breath after inhalation intensified the effects of a yoga posture in the chest area and supports the elimination process and has a cleansing affect on the body by enlivening the organs, especially abdominal region. An emphasis on long exhalation and holding the breath after exhalation intensifies the effects of the posture in the abdominal region (energized and heats the body)."

There are a variety of powerful ways that you can practice pranayama yoga to benefit your entire body. The use of pranayama techniques are very beneficial for smoothing out Kundalini symptoms that are too intense. Some forms I have come across are: Quiet breathing, Deep breathing, fast breathing, spinal breathing and many others. When practicing these versions of breathing it is imperative to your health that you do these with proper guidance and follow the instructions given.

"Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure." ~ Oprah Winfrey

Breath awareness is a beautiful meditation to practice wherever you are. Just breathe and be aware of the breath. Watch your breath. Come into the present moment. As you breathe in, be with the inhale. As you breathe out, be with the exhale. You will find your inner calm a comforting place to be that is strangely familiar. Energy is our life force. It has been called Prana, Chi, Ki, etc. When we breathe we take in oxygen and life force energy to survive. As you breathe in, you are taking in Light and Energy. Let's call it Light Breathing! Simply be aware that your breath is powerful and causes subtle but noticeable shifts from within. Below you will find several Breathing Techniques.

BREATHING TECHNIQUES

Long Deep Belly Breaths

Breathe FULLY! Breathe DEEPLY. Breathe long deep belly breaths. Breathe deeply using the full capacity of your lungs and then take time to really feel your stomach filling with air. Feel the rhythm of your breath. Fall into this rhythm and allow it to soothe you. When we were babies we knew how to breathe correctly and fully. Watch a baby breathing. Their belly goes out and in. Stop focusing on how you look and breathe. Feel most comfortable from within. Most of us move into breathing through our chests and lungs still never taking a full breath. So when you become conscious of the power of breath awareness, take those moments to breathe deeply and fully. Even watch your lungs and belly inflate and then deflate. Deep, slow, full breaths are key to really bringing in the energy to your body in beautiful most healthy ways. You will truly feel the difference immediately. This is a process to condition yourself back to breathing healthily and also uplifts the energy. Some yogi's out there have a goal to have less numbers of breaths per minute. So instead of 20 breaths per minute you can reduce it to four long deep full healing breaths per minute. And you can work your way towards this goal over a long period of time. But don't worry about the number just breathe fully and deeply. Disease is carried away with the breath and also very good for any lung-related problems. So allow your body to come back to its natural innate breathing rhythm. Do this full breath process and also simply practice breath awareness of natural rhythm breathing without force. Both bring profound results.

Full-Wave Breathing

I've been lucky enough to have attended a workshop to learn a Full-Wave® Breathing technique with Linda Jaros at the Life Breath Wellness Center in East Greenwich, Rhode Island. The Full-Wave® Breathing technique was created by Dr. Tom Goode. This is much like I just explained with breathing naturally like a baby but with a new awareness. Breathe in deep through your nose into your lower belly, then your middle belly or diaphragm and then fill your lungs. Then immediately exhale it all out naturally through the mouth. It doesn't have to be a long slow exhale, just release it out. Let it all go. And without holding your breath at the top or bottom of breaths, keep the flow going. Inhale low in belly to chest, filling your lungs and exhale even with a sigh if you like. Try this technique daily for at least 10 breathe or even for 20-45 minutes (if you have the time) for 30 days. You will be amazed at the results in your body, mind and spirit. Upon the first time trying this technique, my body began to tremble with shakes or tremors. These weren't like tingles from extra oxygen (that I was receiving also). These were real Kundalini activated trembles and shakes. It was fun to witness. As you do this technique you are, also, working with and rising up the Kundalini energy within you.

Breath of Fire

There is also a yogic Breath of Fire (Agni-Prasana), a cleansing & energizing breath, powered by abdominal contractions. This is a technique to achieve higher states while shedding energy blockages. It's a fast paced breath that is known for assisting in releasing a lot of negative energies. In this technique you take in fast balanced inhales through your nose and fast balanced exhales out of your nose. This technique of fast sharp breaths removes heavy, stagnant energy from our bodies. A way to assist you in practicing this is to first have your mouth open and stick your tongue kind of like a dog and breathe very fast in and out. Then when you are ready, close your mouth and do this fast breathing through your nostrils. There is no pushing or pulling. You'll simply feel a pull in your solar plexus area and possibly a root lock feeling at the root chakra level. Remember this is fast breathing in and out of your nose in equal time. Keep the breath equal. Don't actually try for the Breath of Fire. There is no trying. With Breath of Fire you are natural, easy, fluid and powerful. No pushing or pulling of stomach or diaphragm or chest. Just quick, fast, easy breathing. Find a good rhythm and fall into it. The key to the breath of fire is to let the upper abdomen, the diaphragm truly relax and let the breath breathe you. Breath of fire will speed up the benefit of your yogic exercises.

You can also do this technique standing. Stand, arms easily at sides. Shake your body, really let it all out. Then jump body up and down fast and short in rhythm with your breathing through the nose. This aids in movement and breath while visualizing Kundalini rising if you like. You can also do the Breath of Fire while sitting comfortably and with legs crossed. Hold your arms up, thumbs out, and all other fingers facing in at the first joint. Close your eyes and do the Breathe of Fire for as long as you can, then hold it for longer. Breathing with movement is very powerful. And in movements, such as Yoga, breath is a key factor in keeping rhythm and to, also, achieve what goals you are setting up for the yogic practice. Yoga is has great balancing benefits for incorporating the combination of breath and movement.

Breath of Fire will entirely charge the nervous system, causing the glands to secrete and purify the blood. When it is done with certain postures and movements in yoga, which are meant to put contracting (drawing in) or expanding (releasing) pressure in nerve plexuses and glandular centers, those areas are made to fire and become completely charged.
As an area becomes charged, the sexual (seminal) fluids are released into the bloodstream and flow to those charged areas, so that gradually those areas will maintain that charge and pranic pressure builds throughout the body converting Bindu (Tamasic and Rajasic energy) to Ojas (Satvic energy), which fills and permeates the entire body and mind.

Kapalabati Breathing


Now, the Breath of Fire is not same as Kapalabati (Kah-pa-la-bhati) breathing, also called the "Cleansing Breath" or "Skull Shining Breath". It's easy to get these confused since they both are very powerful and focus on the core with a fire breathing technique. Kapalabati breathing is a forceful breath, where we contract the abdomen, diaphragm and rib cage (pulling on the root lock with each contracting breath), where the simple relaxing of the rib cage brings the air back into the lungs, without inhaling and you force the air out again (also in a rhythmic manner). It has powerful exhales and passive inhales.

Kapalabhati clears the body from the constant intake of toxins, thus detoxifying it. This technique helps to replace any toxic air with fresh air. Practicing this filters out negative and unnatural things held in the frontal lobe. The breathing mainly takes place from the abdomen, as opposed to the chest, and this specifically is what helps to remove the toxic air. Kapala means "the skull" and bhati means "brings lightness." Kapalabhati helps to make the motions of your diaphragm very easy and controlled. This helps it to discard the muscle cramps present in bronchial tubes. A lot of force is used to do this pranayama. While exhaling, the process is very strong and while inhaling, the process is very calming.

It is also a cleansing technique that places emphasis on cleaning the air passages and blockages in the chest as well as the nasal passage. It helps deter asthma, diabetes, bronchitis and allergies. The breathing exercise purifies the lungs and nasal passages. Breathing in this way lightens your skull by extracting problems like sinusitis. This is an invigorating and energizing practice as it fills your stuffy skull with fresh air. The practice also improves bowel movements which rids the body of the many diseases. Excellent for Respiratory Problems - It is also one of the best exercises for asthma patients and people suffering from respiratory problems. This stimulating breath can do wonders for every single tissue in your body.

Alternate Nostril Breathing


Another breathing technique assists you in holding your breath in for a few moments. While you hold your breath you are sustaining the life force within just a little bit longer. This is very healing. One such technique that uses the option of holding the breath is called Alternate Nostril Breathing. Also known as the purifying breath or Nadi Shodhana.

Alternate nostril breathing technique is a yogic technique that I highly recommend to assist you through Kundalini symptoms. Alternate nostril breathing is said to relieve heat and cold symptoms. Practicing this cleanses and rejuvenates vital channels of energy as well as brings a soothing calm. This is also beneficial as a preface to Kundalini symptoms (or side effects) you may experience and will assist in balancing out what would have been a harsh symptom. This breathing technique cleanses the nervous system, clears nasal passage, strengthens the heart and releases mental anxiety.

It is much easier to do this while watching another guiding you. Your hand is held in front of your nose, you will alternate your thumb and pinky finger to block one nostril at a time. Each inhale and exhale is done slowly to the count of four. If desiring a cooling effect, block your right nostril first and breathe in through your left nostril (to the count of 1, 2, 3, 4). Then block your left nostril and breathe out through your right nostril (1, 2, 3, 4). Then block the left nostril and breathe out through the right nostril (1, 2, 3, 4). Leaving your left nostril blocked, breathe in through the right nostril (1, 2, 3, 4). Block the right nostril and breathe out through the left nostril (1, 2, 3, 4). Repeat the cycle of alternate-nostril breathing a few times and end the cycle with an exhale through the left nostril. For a warming effect, begin your first inhale through the right nostril and finish the cycle by exhaling through your right nostril.

Ujjayi Breath (Ocean Breath)
Ujjayi (pronounced – oo-ji-ya)

Pranayama is an important part of a Vinyasa yoga practice. Also known as the Ocean Breath, Hissing Breath and Victorious Breath. This pranayama is most often used in association with the practice of yoga poses, especially, my favorite, the Vinyasa style. Vinyasa yoga is breath-synchronized movement, and the breath used most often is Ujjayi breath. Learn this breath while seated in a comfortable cross-legged position. Once you feel confident, begin to use it during asana practice.

Ujjayi breath is breathing only through the nose, while constricting the throat. To begin you can do this with your mount open and hear the hissing sound your breath makes when your throat is tightened. Then close your mouth and that hiss or ocean sound goes more within. Some people like to say it sounds a little like Darth Vador. That might help you understand what it sounds like.

What you are doing is bringing more oxygen into your lungs than a normal breath. The air that comes in through your constricted throat is a powerful, directed breath that you can send into the parts of your body that need it during yoga.

Benefits include: Mind, body and spirit relaxation and calm, lowers blood pressure and treats insomnia.

Cooling Breath

Choose a meditative posture. Stick out tongue. Roll the sides upward and breathe in through the opening, pulling in as much air as possible. Hold that breath and close mouth. Begin breathing slowly out of your nose.

Benefits include: Good for liver and spleen, treats fever, cools the nervous system and reduces high blood pressure.

Happiness Breath - Sukha Pranayama

Choose a meditating position and begin breathing. Be aware of how the air flows in and releases. As you breathe in, think of happy things, as you breathe out, rid yourself of any worries or tension which is restricting the ability to be happy. Breathe in positive light happy energy. Breathe out and release all that no longer serves you. Breathe in light and exhale dark. Breathe in love and exhale it out to the world.

Your benefits from practicing this breath technique are: Your concentration improves, relieves stress and hypertension and nervous system becomes stronger. There have been studies done of positive people and negative people when they are up against a challenging situation. Those that are negative have a tougher time getting through the challenge and feel miserable during it. Those that are positive not only feel better, but they attract to them the solution to their issue much faster and easier.

Lion's Breath

Lion's Breath relieves tension in the face by stretching the jaw and tongue. It can be done in almost any pose. I've commonly seen it during Cat/Cow poses or as I like to call it, Moving Cats flow. As another option, you may come to kneel with your seat resting in your feet. Place your hands on your knees. Inhale through the nose. Exhale through the mouth, making a "ha" sound. As you exhale, open your mouth wide and stick your tongue as far out as possible towards your chin. Option: You can also bring your drishti (gaze) towards your third eye as you exhale. Inhale, returning to a neutral face. Repeat 3-5 times.

Breath of Joy


This is a great pose to practice if you find yourself in need of a quick 
pick-me-up or is great as a part of any yoga practice.

To practice Breath of Joy, stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and parallel, knees may be slightly bent. Inhale one-third of your lung capacity and swing your arms up in front of your body, bringing them parallel to each other at shoulder level or a little higher, with palms facing the ceiling. Continue inhaling to two-thirds capacity and stretch your arms out to the side like wings to shoulder level. Inhale to full capacity and swing your arms parallel and over your head, palms facing each other. Open your mouth and exhale completely with an audible ha, bending the knees more deeply as you sink into a standing squat and swing your arms down and back behind you like a diver. Never forcing or straining the body or breath; simply be absorbed by the peacefully stimulating rhythm. Repeat 5-10 times.
Close your eyes and feel the vibration or hum in your body. Notice the effects. Feel how quickly your heart beats; feel the sensations in your face and arms; and the tingling in the palms of your hands.

Practicing Breath of Joy awakens your whole system. It increases oxygen levels in the bloodstream, temporarily stimulating the sympathetic nervous system, circulating more prana, and gently stoking agni. Through strong inhalations and synchronized arm movements, the practice awakens your whole system—increasing oxygen levels in the bloodstream, temporarily stimulating the sympathetic nervous system, circulating more prana, and gently stoking agni. A forceful exhalation lightly detoxifies the body and helps release pent-up tension.After completing several rounds, the parasympathetic system (which sustains the body at rest) kicks in, leaving the mind calm and focused. The result is a state of homeostatic balance that the yogis call sattva. These qualities make Breath of Joy especially effective in managing mood. The practice counters the shallow upper chest breathing of anxiety by inviting the breath to fill every milliliter of the lungs. Like a strong bright wind, it also sweeps away the sluggishness of depression and infuses the mind with a serene sense of clarity.

Contraindications/Modifications: If you have knee injuries or cannot stand, you may practice this in a modified way while seated in a chair. Also, this practice may not be appropriate for everyone. Skip it if you have high blood pressure or if you suffer from any kind of head or eye injury, like migraines or glaucoma. If you start to feel light-headed, instead of light-hearted, stop for a minute and just breathe normally.

There are many other various breathing techniques through yoga that you can explore. Enjoy the process!

As you take a few minutes a day to consciously breathe, you build a beautiful reserve of life force energy within. I'm finding it's most beneficial to focus on the spaces between breaths. The space between is most sacred. A blissful stillness is here. For me it seems highly beneficial to focus on the breathing out (exhale) for bringing in beautiful energy to self and others. There is a space between that occurs on the in-breath (inhale) as well as the out-breath (exhale). This space seems quite pivotal in building the energy.

So I invite you to breathe deeply, consciously and be here now.


Maggie Anderson is a Yoga & Spiritual Teacher, Reiki Master Teacher, Integrated Energy Therapy® Master Instructor, Soul Coach®, Past Life Coach, Magnified Healing® Master Teacher and Angelights Messenger. She is the author of How I Found My True Inner Peace and Divine Embrace. You can contact Maggie at SpiritualCompassConnection.com.

"Follow Your Bliss. It's Your Spiritual Compass."