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John Schumacher Pranayama

Most of you know, if you have been subscribed to the iHanuman Newsletter for some time, that we pay a lot of attention to the changes and transitions of the natural world. Every year, we are prompted by traditional healing philosophy to reinvigorate pranayama practice in the fall. The fall is the season of letting go and releasing as well as the organs of the Lungs and Large Intestines.

There is so much emphasis on the physical practice of asana in most yoga classes. This physical movement is important to help move the energy through the meridians or nadis, as they are called in the traditional Indian philosophy of yoga. Asana practice helps us stay physically fit as we move energy through the body, strengthen and stretch our muscles, and clean out our physical vessel. Once we have established our asana practice, however, it is integral that we begin to establish our pranayama practice. Pranayama practice has a similar effect of moving energy/breath through the channels of the body and clearing these channels on an even deeper level.

I was fortunate to have spent several...

posted: 1 month 5 days ago
posted: 10/15/18
Dear Friends, As the sun shifts into Virgo and the late summer's earth element, we are enjoying the fruits of our labors along with the slowing & cooling down of summer. The earth element brings us stability and a space to pause and collect ourselves between the seasons. The calm and steadiness of earth helps prepare us for the shifting unsteadiness of the air element which visits us in the fall. I love this time of year! The weather is a perfect mix of warm days and cool nights.  AND September is National Yoga Month! This is a wonderful time of year to get the word out about the...
James Foulkes
posted: 8/20/18
Today marks the halfway point between the summer solstice and the fall equinox. It's called Lamas and it signals the beginning of the harvest season. We are about to transition into Late Summer as we move beyond the peak of  summer. Before we do, take with you the lessons learned from your growth this year. Take some time to honor what you have accomplished before you begin to reap what you have sewn. Honor the emotions associated with the the summer’s fire element - passion and compassion. In Summer,  joy and passion are at their peak - not only passion in our...
Lois Steinberg - Summer
posted: 7/26/18
Memorial Day marked the unofficial start of the summer season. Summer ignites the fire element. The warmth of fire has the power to bring us out of the contraction of the cold dark winter into a state of expansion and joy. We have more energy to accomplish our tasks and more hours of light within which to accomplish them. Fire is known for its dynamism, transformation and passion, but also gives us the capacity to feel joy, compassion, empathy as well as deep sadness, because only a strong heart can truly feel deep sadness. As I prepare to teach a summer seasonal retreat, I am struck by the...
The Earth Has Music For Those Who Listen
posted: 5/30/18
April is a special time of year. Not only do we celebrate Hanuman’s birthday with the first full moon of April, but April heralds the beginning of spring and even include’s one of my favorite holidays, Earth Day! Spring is characterized by the wood element, according to Traditional Chinese Medicine. The wood element is about the energy to take action. This energy is present in all of the beautiful flower buds bursting everywhere. Now is the time to take action, to use the wood energy of spring to plant the seeds for what we hope to recover in the fall. I contemplated this as we...
International Women's Day
posted: 3/28/18
I taught a restorative yoga retreat last month where we contemplated the energy of the Ayurvedic constitution made up of Earth and Water, Kapha. We contemplated stability, density, structure, boundaries and flow. We discussed ways to antidote the excess and deficiencies that arise with these elements, which are predominant in the winter and early spring.  One of my favorite topics to discuss as a remedy for Winter stagnation is the creation of clear un-obstructed space. This time of year is ideal for space clearing of any kind. As a Virgo and a Pitta ...
Purvottanasana
posted: 2/7/18
It has been a little while since you have received an email from us. If we are being totally honest, this past year was a particularly challenging one on a number of different levels, personal and professional. I remember reading and sharing about last year being the Year of the Fire Rooster, in Chinese Astrology. What I read, indicated that Rooster years are about doing the constant disciplined day to day work. I certainly found this to be true this last year. It was a year of keeping my nose to the ground, putting one foot in front of the other and doing the work. Have any of you found this...
Megan Bowles in Prasarita Padottanasana II
posted: 11/27/17
Even though it is almost 90 degrees where I live in central Virginia, we have now officially transitioned into early Fall. If you cannot yet feel it in the temperature, you can see it in the colors of everything around you. What was lush and green a few weeks ago has started to turn yellow. Aptly, this is the color of this time of year, the color of the stomach and spleen meridians, our digestive organs, the Earth Element. 

Personally, this is one of my favorite times of year. It could have something to do with the fact that I am a Virgo and so I feel quite at home between the end...
posted: 9/19/17
Does this heat make it feel as if the summer could go on forever?  As we start the month of August, we are entering into the late summer period, the fifth season, recognized in traditional Indian and Chinese medicine. BUT before we get ahead of ourselves, I wanted to share some final insights from the end of the summer season. As we mentioned last month, the element associated with summer is fire, which shows up in the external environment, but internally as well.The fire element is associated with the heart and small intestine meridians. On an energetic level the heart is the seat of...
International Day of Yoga
posted: 7/25/17
It's Officially Summer! AND the International Day of Yoga! In honor of these two special events, we are offering some sequences for you to enjoy on International Yoga Day, as well as a discount in our download store from today until the end of June!Summer is the hottest season of the year. This is evident, not only in the external temperatures. (We are on track for another record-breaking year of extremely high temperatures!) But it can also be evident in our internal environment. Heat can show up as inflammation in our joints, muscles, skin and internal organs. It can also show up as...
Florence Ferebee Pope, Pilot
posted: 5/16/17
I made it through another Mother’s Day, but this year was different.  I have been inspired by women around the world who are sharing about their struggles with Mother’s Day; mothers who have lost children, women who have lost mothers and women who are not able to be mothers. Mother’s day has always been difficult for me, since I lost my mother, tragically, 28 years ago, just months before my thirteenth birthday. Once I recovered from the shock of the loss, which actually took about 5 years, I finally started to grieve. That grief, for me, has taken the better part of...

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