PRANAYAMA / BREATHING

What is Pranayama?

Pranayama is an art and uses techniques to make the respiratory organs move and expand intentionally, rhythmically and intensively. Pranayama techniques are standard in all our classes.

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Current students have commented on feeling more relaxed & centred in their daily activities, sounder & longer sleep and improved overall wellbeing.

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You don't need to be a Yoga expert as BeBliss guide the students in these Breathing practices. Breathing techniques are included in all our classes.

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Breathing techniques are incorporated into all of our Yoga classes. View Yoga class times and prices here.

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Breathing yogaPranayama is our life force, our breath is our everything. We can live without food and water for sometime, however without the breath, we can die within minutes.

Pranayama is an art and uses techniques to make the respiratory organs move and expand intentionally, rhythmically and intensively.

The class will include long, sustained and subtle flow of inhalation, exhalation and retention of breath. Inhalation stimulates the system; exhalation releases toxic air and retention distributes the energy throughout the body. The exercises include horizontal expansion, vertical ascension and circumferential extension of the lungs and the rib cage. This disciplined breathing improves concentration and enables us to attain excellent health and longevity.

Pranayama is not just automatic, habitual breathing to keep body and mind together. Through the intake of oxygen by these disciplined techniques in class, subtle chemical changes can take place in our body.

Benefits of Pranayama

  • Mind becomes clearer and more focused
  • Skin becomes softer and healthier
  • Enhances length & quality of sleep, sound sleep
  • Good for asthma and other breathing difficulties

Pranayama keeps the nadis in a healthy condition and prevents their decay. This in turn brings about changes in the mental attitude of the student. The reason for this is that in pranayama, breathing starts from the base of the diaphragm on either side of the body near the pelvic girdle. As such, the thoracic diaphragm and the accessory respiratory muscles of the neck are relaxed.

This in turn helps to relax the facial muscles. When the facial muscles relax, they lose their grip over the organs of perception (5 senses), namely, the eyes, ears, nose, tongue and skin, thereby lessening the tension in the brain, enabling the student improved concentration, equanimity (balance) and serenity. That’s why it’s very important to relax our neck, shoulder and face while doing Pranayama. It’s the key to correct Pranayama.

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Pranayama is a Science

Pregnancy Doula BeBlissThe practice of asanas remove obstructions, which impede the flow of prana (vital energy), and the practice of pranayama regulates that flow of prana throughout the body. It also regulates our thoughts, desires and actions, giving us self-confidence and the tremendous will-power that’s needed to become a master of oneself. Also it helps to cleanse the nadis, (there are 72,864 nadis, according to ancient yoga texts) which are tubular organs of the subtle body through which energy flows and most of them start from the areas of the heart and the navel.

The importance of correct yogic breathing cannot be underestimated, and all BeBliss Yoga classes incorporate breathing practices & techniques.  Nasal breathing is vital for purifying the air and warming it prior to entering and working within our body.   BeBliss also teaches Bhastrika, Kapalabhati, Humming Bee, among other pranayama techniques.

The breath is also an important tool in controlling our emotions. How are you breathing now? Deep or shallow, fast or slow. Consider your state of mind as well to see the correlation.

Feel the balance in your breath, mind and body after completing a few rounds of Alternate Nostril breathing: Nadi Shoden and/or Anuloma Viloma.

Private & Group Pranayama Sessions available upon request.

Pranayama Only Class - Upon Request

Pranayama BeBlissIn this Breathing class we start from a warm up lying on the back activating our lungs. We continue with several breathing techniques in sitting, lying and standing positions. We finish our class with a period of silence and centralise the energy to move upwards, during this peaceful time.

 

Precautions: Those with high blood pressure, heart problems and pregnant must notify the teacher for a modified breathing practice, as many of these require exertion and retention of the breath which is not suitable for the above conditions.

 

Private & Group Pranayama Sessions available upon request.