Breathing and Pranayama Workshop

Breathing and Pranayama Workshop

Breathing and Pranayama Workshop last night at Kula Yoga in Port Orange! What a fun workshop, exploring — breathing, anatomy, yoga philosophy, and pranayama, with such an open and receptive group. I learn so much from everyone everytime I lead one of these workshops and I love going over the material again and again, and deepening my own practice knowledge.

Grateful to these students for bringing so much of their own knowledge and exploring with me. Thank you for letting me share these teachings with you. I hope you enjoyed the experience as much as I did.  Namaste.

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Keep the breath slow and controlled.

Keep the breath slow and controlled.

Krishnamacharya said, “the breath is the Guru and the body is the disciple.” Keep the breath slow and controlled. The yogis would say — if you can control your breath you can control your mind. Think of the breath as leading the movement and wrapping around the movement. If you start the breath and then begin moving and you finish moving and then finish the breath you will never get ahead of yourself. Think of your practice like a dance between movement and stillness. Ujjayi breath is the only pranayama that is safe to practice in any asana. Use the Ujjayi breathing technique to slow your breath down. If the asana and the intensity of the asana helps train the mind to concentrate, the breath can help you to stay calm, surrender, and let go. Breathe into the discomfort you feel in challenging poses and deep stretches. The breath will help you release the tension and let it go. 

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We started our practice with lots of pranayama today!

We started our practice with lots of pranayama today!

We started our practice with lots of pranayama today! And before that we even did some simple breath work. This was our last class together on the retreat. This class was in honor of my teacher, Dharma Mittra, and modeled after his Maha Sadhana practice. These classes offer what Dharma calls the "best of the best", with a sampling of different yoga practices. Breaking down how you are breathing can bring into focus areas where you are creating tension and magnify things you are doing that are making it harder for you to breath. These patterns of tension and things you are doing that are inhibiting the breath need to be undone and let go of before you can make progress in your yoga practice.

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