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My introduction to pranayama was through asana, coordinating breath with movement, something comfortable to me since I am a lifelong swimmer. But the traditional pranayama practice is a stand-alone practice, distinct from “moving with the breath.” Alternate Nostril Breath, internal retentions, external retentions, Skull-Shining Breath—all have challenged me, quite often causing discomfort or, worse, anxiety and fear. According to T.K.V. Desikachar, in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra 2.52 we are told that:
Mary Ann O’Gorman, M.A., M.F.A.,Yoga Alliance Certified Teacher E-500, teaches yoga and writes in southern Mississippi. She also runs a small retreat center there, Twisted Run Retreat, where writers, artists, musicians, dancers, and yogis take time in nature to reconnect to their life’s work.
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