Breathwork: The Four Purifications

Pranayama : The Four Purifications

Ayurveda explains that the Four Purification breathing techniques can be used to purify the nadis, calm the mind, stimulate the digestive system, and restore balance in the body.

Watch each video and practice each pranayama in the sequence provided below.


alternate nostril breathing

purifies the nadis - the energy channels of the physical, subtle, and causal body; balances the feminine and masculine sides of the body

skull shining breath

purifies the head region and calms the thoughts

fire wash

stimulates the digestive system and strengthens uddiyana bandha

horse mudra

strengthens mula bandha

Moon Salutation Yoga with Adrienne

Chandra Namaskar, or Moon Salutation, activates the cooling, nurturing and feminine energies of the body. Therefore, not only does Chandra Namaskar help to pacify the Pitta dosha, it is a practice particularly nourishing for women and children.

(Fun fact: long before large cities with unnatural lighting, cell phones, computers and tablets existed, women used to menstruate at the same time in alignment with the phases of the moon! This goes to show how far removed we have become from our natural selves.)

That being said, the more you practice Chandra Namaskar, the more in alignment with your circadian rhythms you will become. This fun and easy practice takes just over four minutes of your day, and is a great practice for all levels of yoga experience!

To our nourishing and life-giving Moon, I howl and salute to you.

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