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Pranayama 101

Yoga Parkside
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Pranayama 101
Led by Spencer Jones

Pranayama 101 is an in depth exploration of the various breathing techniques used in yoga practice and the multiple uses and benefits unique to each technique.

Pranayama is one of the eight limbs of Raja, or Ashtanga Yoga. In Sanskrit, the ancient language of yoga, Yoga means “to yoke, or unite”, Prana means “life force” and Yama means “regulate or
control.” Yoga then, is the union of body, mind, and breath, and pranayama is a category of breathing exercises that increase energy and vitality, or to calm and soothe the nervous system.
Pranayama is considered an essential step in preparing the mind and body for meditation.

Topics discussed will be the origins of yoga and pranayama practice, the scientific anatomy of how various breathing techniques affect the brain body, how to practice each technique safely
and effectively, as well as a detailed explanation of the effects and benefits each pranayama technique can bring about. Between each breathing exercise there will be a meditation to absorb and process the subtle effects of the practice.

This workshop is ideal for newer yoga students to build a solid foundation for their growing practice, as well as seasoned yogis looking to revisit this important limb of yoga. It is strongly encouraged to practice pranayama on an empty stomach. Avoid eating at least two hours before start of workshop.

“For breath is life, and if you breathe well you will live long on earth.” ~Sanskrit Proverb