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Travel Diary Days 26 - 35: Vagabond Temple in Sihanoukville, Cambodia

Travel Diary Days 26 - 35: Vagabond Temple in Sihanoukville, Cambodia

Pete & I had the pleasure of spending 9 amazing & enriching days at Vagabond Temple in Sihanoukville, Cambodia. We feel so blessed for the experiences we had there, and they have followed us on our journey through Southeast Asia. We feel more spiritually connected, we have a deeper understanding of yoga and Buddhism, we were spoiled with delicious homemade vegan food, and we felt (and still feel) part of the close & welcoming community that is Vagabond Temple.

How to Do Kapalabhati - Breath of Fire Pranayama in Yoga (Video)

How to Do Kapalabhati - Breath of Fire Pranayama in Yoga (Video)

What is Kapalabhati?

  • A form of breath control.
  • In Sanskrit. Kapal means "skull" and "bhati" means "illuminating". The increase of oxygen and prone illuminates the skull, face, and skin! It's purifying for the frontal brain, as well.
  • Part of the yogic principles of the body cleansing techniques - shatkarma. Therefore, it's cleaning as well as breath work.
  • You focus on the exhales instead of the inhales (inhales happen naturally)
  • Traditionally done for 3 rounds for 30 pumps of breath each round.
  • A very meditative practice - aligns both hemispheres of the brain.
  • Can be practiced daily.

Inspiration from the Actions of Others

Inspiration from the Actions of Others

Ever read something that compels you or affects you in some way and you think, “I could’ve written that!”? Not in a sense of competitiveness like “I could’ve written that better…” but simply, "I could do something like that.". If not writing specifically, maybe you were inspired by a skill, activity, or that hobby you saw someone doing well. That's how I've felt the past few years as I've watched my list of unwritten writing ideas get longer and longer on my Notes app, with no progress on my own personal blog. Sure, I've maintained my business site and I've been writing for other sites, but creating a place to share my journey has been something I've been wanting to do for many years now.