War in Ukraine: Prayers for Peace
I tend not to write about political issues in my newsletters not because I am oblivious, but because I prefer to offer positive, alternative ways to stay centered and grounded, rather than getting swept away by tumultuous events.
But Russia’s military invasion of Ukraine is deeply unsettling.
As I wrote the other day: “During this time of uncertainty and unpredictability, it is especially important to stay centered in your breath and remember who you truly are – a peaceful, gentle, strong, and wise being.”
So, I have enclosed a pranayama (breathing) technique below designed to calm nerves, relieve anxiety, and create a more peaceful and centered feeling.
Remember not to get overly concerned about “getting the pranayama technique right.” Instead focus more on the calming and soothing feelings of your breath, like the gentle ebb and flow of water lapping the shoreline.
How to Practice Alternate-Nostril Breathing
You can practice this breathing technique for a short time with your eyes softly open or closed.
If you want to try alternate-nostril breathing, here’s what to do:
I have known Kari for a number of years. She is unequaled in her dedication to using yoga as a vehicle to understand her place in the world and make an impact in the lives of those she encounters. She has a deep knowledge of the workings of the human body – derived from her personal practice and her many years of teaching. She approaches each individual as a unique person and treats all with respect. Besides that, she has a great sense of humor and an assured yet gentle manner."
Kari Tomashik is a true and kind teacher of Eischens Yoga. She has taken Roger Eischen’s groundbreaking work much further. Kari is both a very clear communicator who can help the uninitiated and experienced practitioner to learn about their body/mind/spirit, and an experimenter who keeps her ego out of the way of her focus on the learner.
I had the distinct pleasure of studying yoga and taking classes with Roger and Kari in Madison for around four years. I learned volumes! As another student put it, their method of teaching is like the “philosopher’s stone” applied to yoga. Classes were both insightful and delightful on account of Kari’s whimsical sense of humor. The vibe was intense and focused yet without taking anything too seriously. We had fun while devoting ourselves to precise alignment. I highly recommend their Iyengar-style technique and Kari‘s personal teaching style!"
I met Kari on my travels in Pai, (Thailand). I was so lucky to have the chance to practice with her on my morning sessions. Kari showed me with a few words and gentle adjustments the way to open my heart. But more valuable to integrate & strengthen that open heart. Kari is an authentic,natural born teacher who shares her experience from deep down in her beautiful heart! Everlasting gratitude."