Category: Yoga

The Breathing App

The Breathing App

Hello, Folks!

I am very excited to announce that my first app, called The Breathing App, will be available on the iTunes App Store starting Thursday, October 5th.

The app is based on resonance breathing, which is a specific frequency of breathing that brings about a balance of our physiological and emotional baselines, including our heart rate, blood pressure, and brainwave frequencies. It has many benefits, and leads to an alert, mental calm.

It is a two year collaboration between myself, Deepak Chopra (who helped to guide the science behind the app), and Sergey Varichev (who did all of the coding and co-designed). The music on the app is by Moby.

You can find out more information on the app and coherence here.

Please go to the App Store on Thursday and try it out – it’s free! Leave comments and lots of five star ratings 🙂

The launch will be this weekend at the Inner Peace Conference in Amsterdam, which will be live-streamed on their FB page on Saturday. Deepak and I also did a FB live post about the app which you can see here.

Thanks all very much! I hope that you like it!

With love,


Helping Houston

Hi, Folks,

By now everyone has seen the extensive damage that Hurricane Harvey has brought to Texas and Louisiana. Let’s also not forget the massive rains in South East Asia.

If you would like to support humanitarian and rescue work in Houston, please consider supporting Alison Thompson, who I worked with during Hurricane Sandy in Far Rockaway. You can learn about her in this short video, and within the first two minutes you’ll want to support her. She goes into crisis zones in every corner of the world, and brings her SWAT rescue paramedic skills and considerable experience with her. In Houston, she’ll be bringing all of that, plus a couple of boats and canoes.

Alison looks for both long and short term interventions in crisis zones. One of the massive problems from Hurricane Sandy was there was no power for up to five months in many areas. That includes street lights, and everything. In advance of this, one of the things she will be bringing with her are 500 solar powered lights to distribute, that you can see demo’ed in the video. More lights will be coming as well.

Denise Horvilleur, who I work with in the public schools in El Paso, and previously in Houston, and Rachel Nystrom, who runs Ashtanga Yoga Houston, are opening their houses to Alison for supply shipments, headquarters, and as a place for a group of medics who are en route from NYC to stay in. Michelle Manning (who was also in Far Rockaway) will be driving in from Tennessee with a truck filled with requested supplies from some very hard hit local parishes. Pastor Tillman and I will do what we can from here with our connections in Houston.

The big organizations are great to support, but the smaller groups are also valuable because they can provide quick and surgical responses in many cases. That is what Alison, the medics, and Michelle will be doing.

If you are looking for a way to help, here are some good options:

#1 Help Alison Thompson/Third WaveVolunteers here
#2 The NYT has a good list of groups to donate to here

Please, please think twice before giving to the Red Cross. The Red Cross is one of the most corrupt charitable organizations that we have in the US. Millions upon millions of dollars donated to specific causes, like Haiti, or Hurricane Sandy, never reached those locations, and the Red Cross has been sued multiple times over this.

Thanks very much for reading this. If you have tips or need help, please let me know, and I’ll pass it along.

With love,
Eddie and Jocelyne


Nectar, Nadis, & The Nervous System


Maha Lakshmi, Patanjali and Helsinki


This year (I think it’s my fifth time in Helsinki), we have decided to add a dedicated chanting class to our program. Chanting is one of my favorite practices. Within Ashtanga Yoga, it falls under the category of svadhyaya, and has a wide range of benefits that are emotional, psychological, and physical, all while directing our awareness inward. In this class we will be chanting the Lakshmi Ashtakam, the Eight Verses to Lakshmi, who is the Goddess of Prosperity, both material and spiritual. It is melodic and meaningful, and is a devotional practice that you can add to your daily sadhana.

Adyanta rahite Devi adyashakti Maheshvari | Yogaje yogasambhute Mahalakshmi Namostu’te

“Salutations to the great Goddess, who is without beginning or end; the primordial energy behind all creation; salutations to Devi Mahalakshmi, who is born out of Yoga, and who is always united with Yoga.”

Vibhuti Pada

Over the past few years in Helsinki we have spoken quite a lot about Samkhya and Yoga, specifically chapter two of the Yoga Sutras. This year we are going to dive a little into chapter three, called the Vibhuti Pada, or the chapter on accomplishments, or perfection. The Vibhuti Pada discusses the final three limbs of Ashtanga Yoga: concentration, meditation, and samadhi. One of the controversial aspects of this chapter are the many powers that Patanjali speaks about that the Yogi can attain by concentrating on particular objects. He states, towards that end of the chapter, that the powers are an obstacle to enlightenment, so the yogi should be wary of them, and this is one of the reasons why this chapter is not dwelled on at length in most of the Yogic literature.

However, while the powers may be an obstacle to enlightenment, they are not an obstacle to experiencing the world, and Patanjali indeed also says, earlier in the Sutras, that the world exists for two purposes: experience, and liberation. In these lectures we will look into the process that gives these attainments, and some of the attainments that are very useful for having a positive experience of the world we live in. For example:

maitryadishu balani

“Through deep meditation on friendliness and other similar virtues, one obtains great strength (of virtues)”.

In the Vibhuti Pada, Patanjali takes us on a journey from the exploration of time, to an understanding of the present moment, and all of the phenomena that takes place in between.


@GOOP & The Vagus Nerve

It is always great fun (and great honor!) to work with GOOP and try to answer the yoga and science questions they throw at me. This installation: the multifaceted vagus nerve. I hope it’s basically correct!

What’s important to know about the vagus nerve, and how it affects our overall health?

Emotion, stress, inflammation, heart rate, blood pressure, vocal expression, digestion, brain-heart communication, adaptivity, epilepsy. What do these things all have in common? The vagus nerve. It allows for communication between the brain, inner body, emotions, and world. The vagus nerve takes its name from Latin—it means wandering, like vagabond. It is the longest and most complex of the cranial nerves. Most of the cranial nerves (there are twelve), stimulate or direct only one or two particular functions; for example, the first cranial nerve controls our sense of smell, the second our sense of sight. The vagus, however, which is the tenth cranial nerve, extends from the brain stem down into the trachea, larynx, heart, lungs, liver, spleen, pancreas, and intestines. Among its many, many functions, the vagus stimulates the voluntary muscles that effect speech and expression (which is why Darwin called it the nerve of emotion); it’s associated with digestion and relaxation of the GI tract; it slows the heart rate and reduces inflammation. It is the oldest branch of our parasympathetic nervous system, and carries within it imprints of hundreds of thousands of years of the evolutionary imperative that we all have within us to feel safe, connected, and loved.

Read the full article here!

An earlier GOOP article on Yoga and aging (an excerpt from the book GOOP Clean Beauty) can be found here


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