Chest Opening & Pranayama – Weekly Advanced Class 157

Focus: Pranayama. Breathing in then breathing out is a repetitive pattern that is constantly with us. For much of the time we are oblivious to this pattern. It repeats in the background whilst we focus on other concerns. If we make the conscious decision to observe our breath we can begin to make deductions about it. We can see that during times when we are are relaxed it tends to slow down. With stress or excitement it speeds up. If we look still more closely we notice that each and every situation that we find ourselves in will influence how we breathe. Practicing yoga gives you the opportunity to take this still further. You begin to notice how changes in the position of your body can correspond with changes in your breath. Some positions help you to breathe more deeply whilst others will bring a more shallow breath. Some will make your breath smooth and even whilst others will make it course and irregular. Through this experience we can discover yoga poses that are well suited to healthy breathing habits. Via our breath we can then utilise these poses to help bring improved health and wellbeing. This class explores chest opening poses and pranayama.

Key Poses: Viparita dandasana, setu bandha sarvangasana, ujjayi pranayama, viloma pranayama.

Equipment: Mat, chair, 2 bolsters, 2 blocks, 2 blankets.

Level: Advanced

Duration: 60 min

Yoga poses