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050. Pranayama & COVID-19 with Robin Rothenberg

Season #2

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Robin Rothenberg, C-IAYT is a long time yoga therapist and yoga researcher. She serves as Chair of the Accreditation Committee for the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) as well as the Advisory Council. She has presented on lower back pain at SYTAR (Symposium for Yoga Therapy and Research) and is considered one of the foremost experts in the area of yoga therapy for lower back pain. Her ability to speak articulately to the way in which yoga impacts the nervous system, mind and emotions has led to her presenting at both NAMA (National Ayurvedic & Medical Association) and SYTAR on the subjects of anxiety and stress.

For the past three years, Robin has immersed herself in a personal study of the breath, of the ancient teachings on pranayama, and the science of respiratory physiology. The result of this inquiry has her calling for a “Breath Revolution” in the yoga community. Her new book, released in 2020, Restoring Prana: A Guide to Pranayama and Healing Through the Breath, suggests a serious re-evulation of the ‘big breathing’ habit, and a scientifically supported return to the roots of yoga which teach us to retain prana, by minimizing breath while increasing breath suspensions. She is currently researching yoga for long COVID. 

In this episode they discuss:

  • Robin’s interest in prana and pranayama 
  • Common misconceptions and mistakes that yoga teachers make in the area of teaching and practicing pranayama 
  • Importance of CO2 levels in the body
  • Breathing through the nose
  • Keeping the breath slow and close to the body
  • She leads Jivana through a short pranayama practice

Connect with Robin on her website: Essential Yoga Therapy

Robin's books: 

Restoring Prana: A Guide to Pranayama and Healing Through the Breath 

The Svadhyaya Breath Journal