Pranayama (Yogic Breathing) Classes

Pranayama (Yogic Breathing) Classes

Pranayama is the practice of breath regulation. It’s a main component of yoga, an exercise for physical and mental wellness. In Sanskrit, “prana” means life energy and “yama” means control.

The practice of Pranayama involves breathing exercises and patterns. You purposely inhale, exhale, and hold your breath in a specific sequence.

In yoga, Pranayama is used with other practices like physical postures (asanas) and meditation (dhyana). Together, these practices are responsible for the many benefits of yoga. But Pranayama has benefits of its own. These advantages are due to the therapeutic effects of breathing exercises and mindfulness.

Pranayama is the ancient practice of controlling your breath. You control the timing, duration, and frequency of every breath and hold.

The goal of Pranayama is to connect your body and mind. It also supplies your body with oxygen while removing toxins. This is meant to provide healing physiological benefits. 

Pranayama involves different breathing techniques. Examples include:

These breathing exercises can be practiced in many ways. For instance, you can do them while performing yoga poses. You can also practice them while meditating or on their own.

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Benefits of Pranayama (Yogic Breathing) Classes:

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  • Improves parasympathetic nervous system function, calms the fight or flight response, and reduces stress hormones

  • Improves quality of sleep and reduces insomnia

  • Increases mindfulness

  • Reduces high blood pressure

  • Improves lung function

  • Enhances cognitive performance

  • Reduces cravings for smoking

  • Promotes relaxation

  • Calms the mind and body

  • Improves hypertension

  • Improves digestive system function

  • Boosts the immune system

  • Aids with healthy eating habits and weight loss

  • Relieves mood imbalances

  • Can improve PTSD