Q&A: Contemplation as a practice, safe sequencing, addiction & ratio breathing


Welcome to episode 30 of The Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy and Meditation podcast.

This episode has been taken from a live Q&A session with Brandt and his yoga therapy students.

Many of our students who join us come from a background of years of yoga asana practice. When they start training with us, they learn a completely new set of techniques and models. This helps them refine their personal practice.

This often leads to many of our students making big changes to the way they practice as they continue their yoga therapy journey.

This can have a profound impact on their life. Brandt is always there for his students to guide them through what they are encountering in their personal practice.

In today’s Q&A Brandt discusses using personal practice and contemplation to overcome personal struggles and see them through a new lens. He also covers the issue of not being able to sit in sukhasana (seated cross leg position), why this is okay, and some alternatives.

Other topics covered include creating safe sequences that help strengthen muscles, the question of whether to work with someone who has a substance addiction and has relapsed. There is also a discussion around ratio breathing and the purpose of extending exhales versus inhalation.

We hope you enjoyed this episode! Let us know in the comments or send us a message on Instagram or Facebook any key takeaways that you have.

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This episode covers:

  • How can I move through family struggles with contemplation as a practice?
  • What are alternatives to sukhasana (easy pose) for long periods of time?
  • How can I structure an asana sequence to strengthen muscle groups in a safe & balanced way?
  • How should I go about working with someone with an addiction who has relapsed?
  • Why do we focus on the exhalation in certain postures?
  • What is a balanced breath ratio count?

Om Shanthi

Breathing Deeply · Yoga Therapy Q&A- Contemplation As A Practice, Safe Sequencing, Addiction & Ratio Breathing

Breathing Deeply is a Yoga Therapy and Meditation School, founded by lead teacher Brand Passalacqua in 2014. We hold online and in-person Yoga Therapy Foundations and IAYT accredited Advanced Programs and retreats along with Meditation Programs, including online meditation teacher training and certification and holistic weight loss with Being At Peace with Food.

Breathing Deeply is made up of an active and thriving community of yogis, caregivers, therapists, teachers, medical professionals, parents & children with the same intention—to serve others, lessen suffering, and co-create a new paradigm in wellness.


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