Pranayama is the 4th limb of Ashtanga (8 limb) Yoga. Prana is life force, or vital energy. Cultivating a pranayama practice can enhance your physical (asana) practice, as well as making a meditation practice more comfortable and accessible. The development of the breath through various techniques can allow us to tap into our natural wellspring and recharge. Additionally, a breathing practice can enhance your quality of life off the mat by calming the nervous system, reducing anxiety, lowering blood pressure, and reducing muscular tension.
Occasionally we'll offer a Pranayama/Meditation class brings together the practice of Pranayama and Meditation, beginning with breathing to help facilitate the experience of meditation. Keep an eye on the special events tab, as well as Facebook and the studio newsletter, for special offerings.
A breathing practice is beneficial for most students. Accommodations can always be made for those that need modifications or alternatives. Be sure to speak with the instructor prior to class if you're pregnant, have uncontrolled high blood pressure, glaucoma, or heart ailments.