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A “Straight” Spine Should Retain Its Natural Curves

Nayaswami Gyandev

Question from Cyril: Hi, Is the objective to straighten out the spine completely? I ask only because again there are diagrams of the spine in yoga books with the centers where the spine has the characteristic elongated “stretched out S” shape. Thanks for your clarification. Cyril

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In Asana: Taking Your Muscles to Their Limit – Safely

Nayaswami Gyandev

Question from Cyril: Hi, When in an Asana and my breath is under no strain but the muscle seems to be burning up should I just hold it as along as I can maintain the even breath? This seems to be more obvious in poses like the bridge for e.g. Thanks for your advice. Cyril

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Double Breathing: Proper Technique

Nayaswami Gyandev

Question from Cyril: Hi, Recently I have been having success (I feel and think) in the double breath technique as prescribed by Yogananda. I got the sensation of energy gently pulsing up back side of head and in face which was very enjoyable (like a sprinkling of refreshing rain on a burning desert!) Are there guidelines for how long we should do this…

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I Feel Dizzy After a Standing Forward Bend in Yoga Practice

Nayaswami Gyandev

Question from Cyril: Hi Friends, Sometimes coming up out of postures like the standing forward stretch with clasped fingers outstretched behind I get a little dizzy ( occassionally have needed to rest against something for support ). Sometimes it feels like I am swaying gently side to side aswell. What is the dizziness/ light headed ness symptomatic of? Is this more to do…

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What Yoga Postures Should Be Avoided During Menstruation?

Nayaswami Gyandev

Question from Isa: Swamiji in his Art and Science of Raja yoga, says that women during menstrual cycle should avoid stomach poses. What are the other poses to be avoided? What about Mahamudra and Kriya? Has Master talked about these things?

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Energization Exercises and physical impairments

Nayaswami Gyandev

Question from Casey: Can the Energization Exercises be practised effectively by people who have balance problems or other physical mobility difficulties?

Yoga for firefighters

Guest Authors

Question from Brian M Dotson: I teach yoga out in the community. I am a firefighter, and truly believe that my brothers and sisters could use yoga both physically and spiritually. They are a very “fit” group, but the rates of pulled muscles and back problems is astounding. Has anyone worked with someone or have some insight to how I can best translate the benefits…