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What is Pranayama?

Pranayama can be defined as breath control and is an integral part of every yoga class. Yoga, at its core, is about the union of body and mind. Pranayama acts as a bridge, connecting the physical postures (asanas) with the mental aspects of yoga. It synchronizes movement and breath, fostering a deeper connection between the physical and mental realms.

We start each class with bringing our awareness to our breath. Then we slow it down or practice another pranayama technique like making the length of inhales and exhales even. There are many styles or techniques of pranayama. Each having its own benefits.

Here are some of the overall benefits of practicing pranayama.

· Stress Reduction: Pranayama is an excellent stress-buster. Through controlled breathing, it calms the mind, reduces anxiety, and enhances emotional well-being.

· Improved Focus: Practicing Pranayama can sharpen your concentration, helping you stay present and centered both on and off the mat.

· Enhanced Vitality: Harnessing the breath's energy revitalizes the body, increasing overall energy and vitality.

· Cleansing & Detoxification: Deep breathing aids the body in expelling toxins, promoting better health and resilience.

· Better Sleep: Many practitioners find that Pranayama improves their quality of sleep, ensuring a more restful night.

If you want to try more pranayama techniques check out this weekend’s workshop, Breathwork for Transition.

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