The Beginner’s Guidebook for Yoga and Pranayama for Stress Management

Moira J. Khouri CPP NC MH HHP RYT
Moira J. Khouri CPP NC MH HHP RYT

I have spent many years, in fact decades, studying natural nutrition and herbalism, digesting an extensive array of nutrition books and research-based articles, exploring ways of eating, and conducting my own experiments with various food and nutrition belief systems. I have practiced yoga since I was in my 20s; I am now in my 60s.

In addition to decades of practice, my yoga qualifications include a 240-hour Hatha Yoga Teacher certification with studies of Ayurveda and Kundalini breathwork.   There began the segment of my life-journey that was to bring my own yoga practice to a new level and ignite in me a passion for teaching yoga through my writing.

One thing I know with a great deal of certainty is that each of us is a unique individually complex system of cells, tissues and fluids, all collaborating in the amazing process of anabolism and catabolism, the cycles of building and breaking down of our physical bodies, and the fuelling of our ongoing cellular development.

The amazing anatomical machinery that is “us” is intuitively and biochemically involved in the highly organized and complex process of giving us life and our vitality. The healthy natural foods we eat, the pure water we drink, the clean air we breathe, the happy thoughts we think, the physical activity we engage in, and our positive emotions all fuel this vitality.

Yoga and Pranayama have been in use for thousands of years. Here in the West we primarily study and practice the Asanas and Breathwork. My hope for this small offering is that my guidebook, The Beginner’s Guidebook for Yoga and Pranayama for Stress Management helps others learn to manage stress naturally and to create a life of peacefulness, grace, and radiant health for themselves and their families.

Like the ocean tides, the planetary, lunar and solar cycles that occur naturally without our intervention or much awareness, our body has natural cycles and rhythms that govern our biological functioning. Imbalances that disturb our natural harmony lead to health problems.  Understanding that imbalance is the root cause of illness is key to turning the tides and restoring wellness.

With the pace of life these days, we are so accustomed to being in a stressed state physically, emotionally and mentally that we no longer realize what is happening to us.  That is, until a stressor triggers a strong reaction, and we, and those around us, begin to notice our inability to moderate our responses. This gives us a clear sign that our stress level is too high.  That is when we are more likely to realize the importance of self-management of stress levels and decide to do something about it.

High cortisol produced when under stress is responsible for causing insomnia, high blood pressure, migraines, anxiety, chronic pain and inflammation, asthma, depression, hormone imbalances, weight gain, immune system dysfunction and more. Natural methods like yoga and pranayama help protect and repair our body and mind from the damages.

I wrote the eBook The Beginner’s Guidebook for Yoga and Pranayama for Stress Management to teach you how to identify the sources of your stress, and to the use gentle, natural methods of yoga and pranayama to self-manage your stress.

Yoga teachers teach from their heart and inspire all. Our path is to continue practicing, teaching, sharing, and educating others on the health benefits of the Yoga way of life.

Moira J. Khouri

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