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I Moustache You to Remember to Breathe November 6, 2020

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This is just a reminder that it’s the First Friday and tonight at 7:15 PM (CST) is the first “Friday Night Special!” I hope you can join us in a little breath work. The blog entry below was originally posted on October 31st.

In addition to the items listed below, you may need tissues (or something you can use to blow your nose) and a key ring. I would also highly recommend that you wash your hands and face just before the practice. Namaste.

“Yes I understand
That every life must end
As we sit alone
I know someday we must go

Oh, I’m a lucky man
To count on both hands
The ones I love
Some folks just have one
Yeah, others they got none

Stay with me
Let’s just breathe”

 – quoted from “Just Breathe” by Pearl Jam

Coincidentally, the lyrics of the (above quoted) Pearl Jam song could be a great way to start off an October 31st class that also happens to be a class about Yoga Sūtra 2.45 – but that’s not this post. (That post is coming in a few hours.) But this post…. This post is to officially announce that I am offering the first in a series of “Friday Night Specials” on Friday, November 6th. These specialty practices, offered periodically (maybe once a month), will focus on a particular element of the practice or a style of practice other than vinyasa. First up: Prānāyāma.

“Let us go forth a while and get better air in our lungs. Let us leave our close rooms.”

– Walt Whitman (writing about baseball in the Brooklyn Eagle, 1834)

We are living in interesting (a.k.a. challenging and stressful) times – times which can make it harder and harder to breathe. When bad breathing becomes a habit, it compromises our physical, mental, and emotional health. On the flip side, proper breathing lowers stress, cultivates clarity, and supports our nervous system. And it all starts with the awareness and extension of breath, or prānāyāma, which is the 4th limb in the Yoga Philosophy.

Please join me for a 65-minute virtual yoga practice on Friday, November 6th at 7:15 PM (CST). The meeting ID and link are available in the “Class Schedules” calendar. (You will need to open the event entry for details). You can request a link by emailing myra(at)ajoyfulpractice(dot)com.

This practice will begin with limited movement, includes several breathing techniques you can practice on and off the mat, and concludes with a breath-focused meditation. It is accessible and open to all, regardless of age, experience, or fitness level. You will need something on which you can sit comfortably (chair, mat, and/or cushion, etc.) and possibly a mat or something on which you can recline. It is best if you begin the practice with a (relatively) empty stomach.

In the spirit of generosity (dana), the Zoom classes, recordings, and blog posts are freely given and freely received. If you are able to support these teachings, please do so as your heart moves you. You can also purchase a drop in class.