Pranayama is an in-depth science for expanding and channeling the life force, prana. "Pranayama" comes from two Sanskrit words: "prana", meaning the fundamental life force, and "yama" meaning to control. Pranayama is, therefore channeling or controlling the life force within us.
Breath is one of the three foundational elements of our yoga practice. Even more importantly it is one of the foundational elements of our lives, an essential part of our being from birth until death.
Awareness of breath is critical to many forms of meditation and can help us in the following ways:
- Pranayama techniques are beneficial in treating stress and anxiety
- Pranayama improves the autonomic functions
- Practicing pranayama everyday can assist in a steady mind, strong will power and sound judgement
- Number of studies show that pranayama causes change in the cardio respiratory system including lowering of blood pressure
- Better manage difficult decisions
Conversely poor breathing habits create low energy levels, shortness of breath, anxiety and poor concentration.
Particularly in the practice of yoga, our breath is an imperative focus but we rarely give it our full, complete attention and thus give ourselves the opportunity to nurture a breathing practice to support our yoga practice and our life.
We invite you to join Alice for her workshop to explore this further where she will teach different breathing techniques that you can bring into your daily life and better understand the emotional and physical benefits of pranayama. No experience of yoga required.
Sat 3 Jun, 13:15-15:15
Read more and book your place for just £25 here.