Focus: Pranayama translates from Sanskrit as “extension of the breath”. It is used as a term to describe the aspect of yoga concerned with breathing, and breath control. This class focusses on the basics of pranayama. You commence working with your breath in some preparatory chest opening poses. Once basic breath observation has been established, you eventually progress towards ujjayi pranayama, where you consciously deepen your inhalation, and then exhalation. From ujjayi you then move to viloma pranayama, where you pause the flow of the breath in intervals during inhalation and exhalation.
These pranayamas are taught initially in a reclining position where you open your chest whilst keeping your body relaxed. In the latter part of the class you progress to practicing pranayama in a seated position. This class will be well suited to early morning practice, or any time that you are looking to relax and revive energy levels.
Key Poses: savasana, ujjayi pranayama, viloma pranayama
Equipment: Mat, bolster, 2 blankets, belt
Duration: 50 min