2013 August

Apana-Vayu. How our exhale can make us more fertile

Those that practice regularly know about prana (sometimes called ‘prana vayu’), our in-breath that brings in life force to the body. ‘Apana-vayu’ is the out-breath which allows us to release toxins and stagnant energy. Apana is most activein the pelvis and lower abdomen and governs eliminative functions: excretion, urination, menstruation and when it is weak – reproduction. This can cause dryness in the reproductive organs, irregular periods, blood clots, bloating.

We can nourish our apana-vayu by breathing deeply from the belly, allowing the diaphragm to move easily so that we can take slow deep inhales AND deep exhales. We can practice gentle twisting poses to free our erector muscles which sit each side of the spine and can compress our vertebrae if our out breath is tight. In the pelvis we can engage our root lock or ‘mula bandha’ – a gentle contraction of the muscles of the pelvic floor between the pubis and tailbone. When apana is supported our immune system is strong, we are fertile and grounded.

When you breathe – what feels easier, your in breath or your out breath? Remember, there is no judgement here, just feel. See if you can encourage your out breath to be long and smooth. Breathe out dullness and stagnation, release negative emotions and let them go…


Oil Pulling – a cleansing practice for spring

I have been speaking to some of my students about cleansing practices that I’ve been doing now that spring is (almost) here. Something new to me, which I’m loving doing, is an Ayurvedic cleansing practice of coconut oil ‘pulling’. It’s a┬ábit out there but I’m loving the results! The first thing you do when you get up is to place a tablespoon of coconut oil in your mouth and ‘pull’ it around your teeth and tongue for 10-15 minutes before spitting it out and brushing your teeth. Apparently we have a huge amount of bacteria and toxins in the mouth which keeps our immune system busy. When these are pulled out through the oil our immune system is freed up, and can concentrate on other areas. Those who use Ayurvedic medicine claim it gives us whiter teeth, healthier gums, decreases allergy symptoms, clearer skin and can even regulate menstrual cycles.

If you have any cleansing practices that work for you, please share!



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