PRANAYAMA

Pranayama is a practice relating to the control and regulation of the breath through specific breathing techniques and exercises.

 

Pranayama exercises help us to clear physical and emotional blocks or obstacles in the body so that the breath, and prana, can flow freely. Pranayama involves specific breathing exercises that can either be practised on their own, or as part of a Hatha yoga (physical yoga) practice.

The Sanskrit word Pranayama comes from Prana (life energy) and Ayama (to extend, draw out). The practice of Pranayama is the fourth of Patanjali’s 8 limb path of yoga following the Yamas, Niyamas and Asana. It prepares the mind and body for the next four limbs of yoga, “When we practice Pranayama the veil is gradually drawn away from the mind and there is growing clarity. The mind becomes ready for deep meditation” 

Heart Based Meditation

Learn the Heart Mudra, Hridaya Mudra – Heart Gesture, and breathe fire into the heart.

Level

Teacher

Easy

Josephine

Duration

15:42

Seated Wake Up

Wake up and make your way onto your mat. Cultivate a deeper breath and ease into the spine. a perfect way to start the day.

Level

Teacher

Easy

Josephine

Duration

17:31

Humming Bee Breath

Whether you’re anxious or angry, this breathing exercise can help you release the negative emotions, while breathing in freshness and joy. A simple technique with miraculous benefits, the Bhramari Pranayama can be practiced anywhere to de-stress yourself

Level

Teacher

Medium

Josephine

Duration

3:25

Skull Shining Breath

Kapalabhati consists of alternating short, explosive exhales and slightly longer, passive inhales. Exhales are generated by powerful contractions of the lower belly (between the pubis and navel), which push air out of the lungs. Inhales are responses to the release of this contraction, which sucks air back into the lungs.

Level

Teacher

Medium

Josephine

Duration

4:22

Find Space

To engage a deeper belly breath and to encourage more space for new air/prana this is a brilliant exercise. If you've been rushing or you're feeling a little sluggish in the middle of the day, try this exercise.

Level

Teacher

Medium

Josephine

Duration

9:15

Alternate Nostril Breathing

Nadi is a Sanskrit word meaning “channel” or “flow” and shodhana means “purification.” Therefore, nadi shodhana is primarily aimed at clearing and purifying the subtle channels of the mind-body organism, while balancing its masculine and feminine aspects.

Level

Teacher

Easy

Josephine

Duration

4:17