Pranayama: the breathing techniques

Pranayama: the breathing techniques

Meditation | Monday 4th November 2019

Often when I meet people who've never tried yoga, they tell me that they don't think they could "do it" because they're not flexible enough. To which I usually answer "but you do know how to breathe, right? Then that's the hardest part sorted".
Vinyasa is breathing with movement. And if you practice an asana sequence without placing your breath, this is not yoga, this is working out or stretching. So breathing is equally - if not more - important to your practice than the physical - movement - aspect of it. Recently, after I taught a beginners class, one of my student told me spontaneously "the breathing was so hard!". And that made m...

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About Cyro

Om om om yogis and yoginis!
Welcome to the Downward Facing Blog. My name is Cyrièle and I've created this blog in order to share my yoga practice with you, the questions I have the discoveries I make but also my side projects about this discipline, health and well-being. I hope you'll find here your daily dose of positivity and kindness - Namaste.


My training | Monday 1st April 2019

First aid kit for a month of yoga in India

First aid kit for a month of yoga in India

Since I came back from India a few people have approached me asking what I packed for my trip. I came prepared. On the facebook group Sampoorna created a few weeks before the trip some students where boasting about how they managed to only pack a cabin luggage for a month abroad. Personally I had an entire cabin luggage for my first aid kit (which challenges what I consider as first aid, I know). I’m not saying that it was needed - I ended up using only half of the stuff I came with - bu...

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events | Tuesday 19th February 2019

Yoga + Food

Yoga + Food

Back in November I attended a symposium at Triyoga Camden about yoga and food. This is a topic that I’m particularly interested in given I suffered from eating disorders for about 10 years. Although I’m feeling way better now, I consider myself in a perpetual recovery process - I’ve learned how to live with it and to avoid putting myself in situations that trigger my anxiety. I kind of get my control issues under control.

The board of speakers was composed of Tom Norringto...

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Asanas | Sunday 20th January 2019

Downward facing dog

Downward facing dog

Downward facing dog is certainly the first inversion which is taught in a yoga class. Per definition, an inversion is any posture where your head is below your heart. Downward facing blog is indeed an inversion. In deep inversions, the hips and legs are also above the head. It’s postures like shirsasana - headstand - or salamba sarvangasana - shoulderstand.

Benefits of the posture ...

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Meditation | Tuesday 1st January 2019

Meditation : a beginners guide

Meditating can be fascinating for those who don’t practice; one might think that nothing is happening at first glance. However practitioners can’t stop praising how impactful and beneficial it is. Before I started doing yoga I was having a hard time ge...

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Interviews | Tuesday 25th December 2018

Daniela Olds

I’ve met Daniela about 3 years ago when I just started attending yoga classes at Frame Shor...

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