#BreatheOnPurpose like Darth Vader (Ujjayi Pranayam)

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Ujjayi (oo-jai) breath is also known as oceanic breathing and the victorious breath. Because of the sound you make, I like to call it the Darth Vader breath.

Ujjayi is often used during Hatha practice to help maintain focus through the asana flow, during other forms of physical activity, and to also relieve tension and nervous energy.

With this breath, you’re only breathing through your nose, while slightly constricting the throat along with a root and chest lock. These locks are called bandhas, For more about bandhas, check out Yoga International’s A Beginner’s Guide to Bandhas

You may become lightheaded during this breathwork, so it’s highly suggested that you spend a few minutes in long deep breathing before you begin the Ujjayi.

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What If You Just Punched Him In The Face?

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I’m tired of talking and reading about sexual harassment and assault and why it’s so hard for men to understand that it’s unacceptable. So I decided from here on out to explain it to them the best way they understand: Punch him in the face. 

If the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, while expecting the same result, then it’s time women reclaim their mental health and the (em)power(ment) that comes with pushing back and stomping down anyone and anything that would dare to treat us less than what we deserve and expect.

What my words and facial expression don’t get across my fist will make clear.

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#BreatheOnPurpose: Diaphragmatic Breathing with 90-90 Hip Lift

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Today’s breathwork exercise is modified from the Postural Restoration Institute’s 90-90 Hip Lift with Balloon.

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