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WHERE THE BREATH IS ONLY THE BEGINNING

HAVE WORKED WITH

 
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TRAINED AND CERTIFIED BY

 
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21,000 TIMES A DAY PER PRACTICE

Breathing is NOT something we DO, it is something WE ARE.

The average person breathes approximately 21,000 times per day and the practice of breathing is a powerful way to increase conscious control over involuntary systems. Through the awareness of each inhalation and exhalation, the breath moves freely between outer and inner worlds, so that a whole new world, can begin to open up from within.

Learn how to ACCEPT what is, rather than what COULD, or SHOULD be.

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BREATHING STUDIES


THE BREATH IN MOTION

 
 
 
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ALEXANDER PETROGIANI

E-RYT 500+, Founder/Lead Instructor, Life Cosmic

A meditation practitioner and teacher of consciousness, Alexander holds two black belts in both Nerkin Ouj and Arnis De Mano/Balintawak; while having also completed his Bodhi Tree Yoga E-RYT 200 and Akhanda Yoga E-RYT 500 yoga certification across Canada, Peru and India. Since then, he has trained 30+ yoga teachers through the yoga alliance and is currently studying mental health at the University of Toronto. He uniquely gifted in sharing with others the resources for experiencing their own source. He specializes in advanced breathing techniques, mindfulness, hatha yoga and classical kundalini. Presently, he is a writer for Minds Matter Magazine and editing a compilation of consciousness teaching with his teacher Jeff Bien. The forthcoming coming books, Songs of Non-Seperation and The Yog in Yoga, are an interdisciplinary dimensional lens that transcends both the literal and allegorical, weaving spiritual exegesis through awakened consciousness and unconditional love.

 
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"Shanti, shanti, shanti; peace, peace, peace. In your hearts, in your lives, in everything you see, are and be. The light in me shares the light in you. In love, with love and through love."

 

MASTERING YOGA & TEACHER TRAINING


 
 
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THE YOG IN YOGA

MASTERING YOGA & TEACHER TRAINING MANUAL Written by Alexander Petrogiani & Illustrated by Val Guadet

We are proud to offer our registered yoga teacher training 200 & 300 hour programs to all students in a unique module format that is welcoming to all levels. With careful consideration to the commitments that you may already have, we provide you with a rich learning environment to explore and pursue the depths of yogic knowledge with the highest quality education, resources and lectures.

 

This non-religious, but spiritual yoga program is designed to awaken the consciousness of what yoga is truly inviting, and what it is asking most honestly for. To be separate in non-separation is the great illusion that begets the heart of all yogic teachings. THIS COURSE IS FOR THOSE WILLING TO ILLUMINATE THEIR OWN UNDERSTANDING BY FOLLOWING THE JOURNEY OF STUDY, EACH AT THEIR OWN PACE, TO A DEEPER REALIZATION OF THE SPIRITUAL CONNECTION THROUGH THE BODY, IN THE MIND, WITH THE BREATH.

NAMASTE


 
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RESEARCH IN CONSCIOUSNESS


TAP TO READ

 
 Meditation helps the practiser control his or her physiological responses, thereby decreasing stress and preventing health problems such as cardiovascular disease.

Meditation helps the practiser control his or her physiological responses, thereby decreasing stress and preventing health problems such as cardiovascular disease.

 Decentring involves a person “stepping back” from their normal consciousness and examining themselves more objectively as an observer.You have no doubt experienced decentring many times, such as when you become aware that you are “talking to yourself” as though there is a private voice in your mind that you can “speak” with, or you may have had the experience of while you are having the experience. For example, you may be talking but then you suddenly become acutely aware of yourself talking, as though you are looking at yourself from a third-person perspective. The ability to decentre is a power antidote to difficult thoughts and feelings. By stepping back from your own thoughts and feelings and observing them dispassionately, you detach yourself from the damaging or troubling consequences of your thoughts. This can be similar to watching a young child have a temper tantrum. Because you are not “attached” to the child’s thoughts and feelings (let’s assume) their anger doesn’t affect you in the same way. You have some distance with it, which allows you to think more clearly and decide on the best way to respond to the situation, whereas the child is too caught up in emotion to be able to gain cognitive control.

Decentring involves a person “stepping back” from their normal consciousness and examining themselves more objectively as an observer.You have no doubt experienced decentring many times, such as when you become aware that you are “talking to yourself” as though there is a private voice in your mind that you can “speak” with, or you may have had the experience of while you are having the experience. For example, you may be talking but then you suddenly become acutely aware of yourself talking, as though you are looking at yourself from a third-person perspective. The ability to decentre is a power antidote to difficult thoughts and feelings. By stepping back from your own thoughts and feelings and observing them dispassionately, you detach yourself from the damaging or troubling consequences of your thoughts. This can be similar to watching a young child have a temper tantrum. Because you are not “attached” to the child’s thoughts and feelings (let’s assume) their anger doesn’t affect you in the same way. You have some distance with it, which allows you to think more clearly and decide on the best way to respond to the situation, whereas the child is too caught up in emotion to be able to gain cognitive control.

 The human brain weighs approximately 3lbs, contains 86 billion neurons and uses 20% of our body’s oxygen levels to function.

The human brain weighs approximately 3lbs, contains 86 billion neurons and uses 20% of our body’s oxygen levels to function.

 Trained meditators showed a larger decrease in activity in areas of the frontal lobes related to “the self” (the medial prefrontal cortex) than did novices. They also showed increased activity in areas related to the perception of one’s bodily states. These results suggest that meditation does in fact help us separate ourselves from our own narratives and live in the present moment.

Trained meditators showed a larger decrease in activity in areas of the frontal lobes related to “the self” (the medial prefrontal cortex) than did novices. They also showed increased activity in areas related to the perception of one’s bodily states. These results suggest that meditation does in fact help us separate ourselves from our own narratives and live in the present moment.

 According to various organizations, approximately 1.5 million Canadians regularly practise yoga (in one of its many forms—meditation being one of them) Yoga involves directed breathing while participants move their bodies into specific poses. This volentary breathing can influence activity in the paranervous system, leading to a decrease in emotional arousal (Sovik, 2000). Consistent with this view, college students who performed directed breathing had lower levels of physical and mental stress than did control participants.  Yoga may also help your immune system; when compared to people in a simple relation condition (nature walks and soft music), people who performed yoga has greater changes in gene expression in the immune cells circulating in the blood stream (Qu et al., 2013)

According to various organizations, approximately 1.5 million Canadians regularly practise yoga (in one of its many forms—meditation being one of them) Yoga involves directed breathing while participants move their bodies into specific poses. This volentary breathing can influence activity in the paranervous system, leading to a decrease in emotional arousal (Sovik, 2000). Consistent with this view, college students who performed directed breathing had lower levels of physical and mental stress than did control participants.

Yoga may also help your immune system; when compared to people in a simple relation condition (nature walks and soft music), people who performed yoga has greater changes in gene expression in the immune cells circulating in the blood stream (Qu et al., 2013)

 Systems approach is an orientation that encourages meditators to see an individuals symptoms as being influenced by many different interacting systems.

Systems approach is an orientation that encourages meditators to see an individuals symptoms as being influenced by many different interacting systems.

 This graph depicts the body’s resistance to stress. After the initial shock associate with the stressor (see the dip in resistance early in the alarm phase), the body recruits resources to allow it to deal with the stressful situation or event. This ability to cope with the stressor peaks in the resistance phase of the GAS. However, if the individual doesn’t overcome the stressor, eventually he or she will be unable to resist the stress; this final phase is known as the exhaustion phase.

This graph depicts the body’s resistance to stress. After the initial shock associate with the stressor (see the dip in resistance early in the alarm phase), the body recruits resources to allow it to deal with the stressful situation or event. This ability to cope with the stressor peaks in the resistance phase of the GAS. However, if the individual doesn’t overcome the stressor, eventually he or she will be unable to resist the stress; this final phase is known as the exhaustion phase.

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