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I remember when I first heard about jal neti yers ago - I was petrified yet powerfully drawn to it. Funny, but it does evoke similar feelings in all my students, too! But it turned out that this siple practice is nothing to be afraid of - try it and you will want to do it every day!
Ujjayi has been used for thousands of years to enhance hatha yoga practice. The sound that Ujjayi provides helps us to synchronize breath with movements during yoga, making the entire yoga practice more rhythmic.
Mula bandha, the root lock, is an important yoga practice, but one that is often not taught in regular yoga classes. In Ashtanga and Ashtanga based classes, it is something you learn from the very start.
Yoga, as a science and discipline of mind and body, is incredibly rich, diverse and complex. This complexity tends to get quite lost on Western practitioners, focusing mostly on Hatha Yoga as a physical practice of body and sometimes breath. Hatha is, in fact, only the first step, although it lies at the heart of the psychological transformation which is the true fabric of an authentic and transformative yoga practice.
In today's yoga, everybody seems to have an opinion of how things should be done. For a beginner it might be quite confusing to make their way through the various types of instructions which often are quite contradictory.
Not being able totouch your toes may not be the worst tat can happen to you, yet it can be annoying when you are faced with tasks like tying shoe-laces or picking a dropped object from the floor. It is even more disturbing when you are seemingly the only one in yoga class who is sweating her guts out in vain attempts to reach forward in Paschimottanasana or have to stick your butt in your neightbours nose in orer to be at leas a little close to Uttanasana...