Time flies when you’re having fun

Time flies when you are (safe and) having a good time! But time goes really slowly when your body experiences potential threat (‘flight or fight’), even if your mind thinks this is fun! I went to an amazing 90 minute trapeze class last week with my son and daughter. We had all done this several times before but this was …

Three Steps to Meditative Bliss

Simple Pathways Find any comfortable posture. Systematically expand and lengthen your body in all directions while staying totally relaxed and comfortable. Focus on doing this for a count of six. Systematically relax your body while staying comfortably expanded and lengthened in all directions. Focus on doing this for a count of six. This technique done appropriately can help you rid …

Do you really understand CO2? Part 2

In this video (part 2) Simon talks about the benefits of holding your breath out. Here he demonstrates holding his breath completely out and practicing nauli (rectus abdominis isolation) and lauliki (abdominal churning using rectus abdominis as well as the oblique muscles) while expanding the chest as if inhaling to the chest but not actually inhaling. This practice, which is …

Do you really understand CO2? Part 1

One of Simon’s most popular videos on YouTube Although there are many benefits to learning how to use all the muscles of breathing, and to learn to breathe in many ways, in over breathing (hyperventilation) can have significant physiological disadvantages while breathing in a relaxed and natural way and approaching under-breathing (mild hypoventilation) has the most physiological benefits. In this …

The Benefits of Doing a Simple Abdominal Massage

Some of you have been asking me how I get into this one-armed bound lotus balance. I love teaching this posture as it has many great effects including massaging the internal organs as well as 5 effects on the nervous system I describe below. I teach this at most of my workshops but most people can’t do it of course, …

SIMON’S TOP 22 FOR OPTIMAL HEALTH

In my experience, here is what I suggest people should work work towards in achieving optimal health. Of course some of these things may seem odd to some people but this is a summary that is written with most people in mind and of course there are always special exceptions for certain people. As always, any changes in lifestyle (especially …

Simon is coming to Europe

I am really looking forward to teaching in Europe  in the next week. See my full schedule here. How I teach I can teach very technically to those who are interested, and I will give an example of that below, but I prefer to teach simply, and it is often much better to teach yoga and any posture, movement and …

Salad Crackers! Learn about Nutrition

MY DIET: I eat what ever I like whenever I like, However much I want. But because of how I regulate my posture, movement and breathing, my main food and all I really like to eat is fruit, salad and vegetables. I don’t usually dehydrate my salad but these photos show what I did once. I took as much salad …

Back Pain during yoga. Can you suggest anything to help me?

I have been asked the following question about back pain doing postures. Here is my short general answer: QUESTION: I have difficulty breathing in when I drop back to a back arch (urdhva dhanurasana) from standing with my arms in the air (urdhva hastasana) as it aggravates my back pain. Can you suggest anything to help me? MY ANSWER: It …

Is there any way I can reduce the pressure in my head during headstand?

I have been asked the following question about inverted postures and headstand in particular. Here is my short general answer: QUESTION: Is there any way I can reduce the pressure in my head during headstand? MY ANSWER: Headstand is an advanced posture and should not be attempted by most people. It requires adequate neck and upper body strength, adaptation to …