Breathe in deeply to bring your mind home to your body
-Thich Nhat Hanh -
YOGIC BREATHING TECHNICS
Behind our breath lies so much more than the mere exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide. The ancient Yogis recognized the effects of breath a long time ago and left us a valuable gift: Prāṇāyāma, the conscious regulation of the breath, the life force! Prāṇa = life energy! Āyāma can be translated as expansion, extension, but also control.
Your blood is supplied with more oxygen, your lung capacity increases, and your nervous system is brought into balance. Prāṇāyāma cleanses and stimulates the body, mind, and soul.
Regular practice of Prāṇāyāma leads to greater inner calm, increased clarity and ability to concentrate, creates strength and energy, and enhances the immune system.
It prevents anxiety, optimizes heart rhythm, ensures good digestion, and keeps you vital and youthful for longer.
Life begins with the first breath, an inhalation, and ends with the last, an exhalation.
On average, we breathe 15 times per minute, 900 times per hour, 21,600 times per day, and about half a billion times in a lifetime, all controlled by the autonomic nervous system. According to Indian philosophy, each person is allotted a certain number of breaths in their lifetime. Therefore, this precious resource must be used sparingly to live long. This is why breathing techniques were developed, with slowed breathing rhythms and pauses between inhalation and exhalation.
In my Prāṇāyāma classes, I teach breath sequences tailored to your needs in the Mysore style, providing individual instruction within a group setting.
These sequences are structured to address three energy bodies in succession: Annamayakośa, the physical body; Prānamayakośa, the energetic subtle body; and Manomayakośa, the mental level (thoughts and emotions). The sequence is gradually expanded and intensified. Once the sequence is internalized, you can also practice at home in between sessions.