“Weapons may have decorations on them to enhance the spirit of the warrior but they should primarily be built for durability.”
Miyamoto Musashi translated by Stephen F. Kaufman

The Martial Artist’s Book of Five Rings

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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