“If we have data, let’s look at data. If all we have are opinions, let’s go with mine.”
Jim Barksdale

About Me

  • I am a real (I think) person (though I’ve been told I am not from here).
  • I am a Yoga practitioner
  • I am exploring an ancient Indian philosophical text
  • I offer an online course for people interested in exploring breathing
  • I hold a space for future exploration about breathing as a group practice
  • I breathe into a Shakuhachi
  • I had a career in software technology.
  • I had a magical meeting with photography
  • Purpose brought me to rural Romania where I live mostly in retreat at Bhudeva
  • I created and am keeper of story at Cutia Taranului (Peasant Box) – helping Romanian peasants sell their food directly to customers in cities.
  • I have been held by and try to hold a space for a more feminine world.
  • In recent years my heart feels increasingly whole when I look inside and broken when I look around.
  • I like wearing grey.

tat tvam asi

I can be reached at iamronen [at] iamronen [dot] com or using this contact form.


  1. Anurag
    Posted September 14, 2015 at 7:20 am | Permalink

    Namaste, I have been trying to do pranayama since many years, but one constant hurdle is that one of my nostrils is ~90% blocked all the time. After some physical asanas (like Surya Namaskar) it opens up 75% but once I start the pranayama (like Anulom Vilom, or Nadi Shudhi) it again gets blocked. It is very frustrating and I feel I will never be able to do proper Pranayama.

    Please help me with your kind advice.

    Thank you
    from India

    • Posted October 5, 2015 at 10:33 am | Permalink

      I have sympathy for your situation.

      It was over 14 years ago when I met my teachers and was introduced to the subtleties of Pranayama, I had almost instant access to nadhi-sodhana … and yet after a year or two something happened and my nostrils got blocked. I was able to continue other pranayama practices but not nadhi sodhana.

      I am still on a journey to rediscover that delicate relationship. I believe that the quality of my breath is intertwined with many other aspect of my life.

      I am guided by my teachers and there is noticeable, subtle progress. At the same time a roller coaster of life continues. Sometimes there is alignment and life feels nourishing and supportive this exploration. Sometimes life is demanding and draining.

      I don’t think there is a simple answer to your question. I believe that if you want to explore this subject, you will benefit from the presence of a teacher that can guide you.

    • Suzanne Wallen Rupnow (Suzie)
      Posted September 20, 2016 at 2:58 am | Permalink

      I have a regular blockage in my left nostril. I manage (Nadi Sodhana) by 1. Using Nasaya Oil to lubricate both nostrils; and, 2. Since I believe it is a physical issue and not due to mucus, I use my ring finger and pinky of my right hand to gently lift/press the skin away from the left side of my nose towards the cheekbone while using my thumb to close off the right nostril while exhaling/inhaling on the left side.

  2. Dagmar Calleja
    Posted August 1, 2019 at 10:08 pm | Permalink

    Hello, Its Dagmar from Building Beauty. Found your article on color and used it nicely> Thanks!

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