The Power of Breath: Pranayama Workshop


The Power of Breath

Breath can calm us, energize us, and help focus our minds.     This workshop will include techniques for a few different forms of pranayama, incorporated into a gentle Hatha Yoga Class.   We will end with guided meditation.

Pranayama is awareness and control of the breath.   It is the fourth limb of yoga, and is intricately connected to all the other arms.  I absolutely love Pranayama, and it is not exaggerating to say it has changed my life.

Why Practice Pranayama?

-Slowing and deepening the breath causes a relaxation response in our mind and our body. 

-Focusing concentration on a breathing technique stops the “monkey mind” of habitual thought patterns and can prepare us for a more meditative state.

-Breath control and/or awareness during asana practice can deepen our physical and mental experience of the poses.

-Each breath is a celebration of life.  To focus and notice the breath can feel luxurious, comforting, and can bring us right into the present moment when the mind wants to go to the past or the future.

Breath is life.   Join me for an exploration of the power of breath.

Monday,  September 16,  7:15-8:15  PM

Use your Get Yoga pass, or $20 for non pass holders. Please preregister with Leslie: getyoga@getyoga.ca

This workshop is for anyone who is curious about how to use breath to enhance their yoga practice, and would like to learn a breath-based meditation.

Leslie

 

The eight limbs of yoga:

Yamas- moral principles

Niyamas- personal observances

Asana- poses and physical practice

Pranayama- breath control

Pratyahara- sense withdrawal, getting rid of distractions

Dharana- focused concentration

Dhyana- meditation

Samadhi- freedom and peace