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Breath Series: Witnessing the Miracle of Breath


Learn breathing techniques proven to relieve stress and improve mood and mental focus. These benefits have been enjoyed by thousands of adults and children worldwide, health-care practitioners, yoga teachers, military veterans, and individuals with PTSD, anxiety, depression, ADD, cancer, and other medical conditions. Many people who have practiced these techniques say they have been transformed, and that they never would have imagined something so simple could be so powerful and helpful.

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Pranayama, like yoga, is best understood through practice, versus the study of theory. It is best approached with gradually introduced exercises from simple to complex. . The eight limbs of yoga as written by Patanjali, Pranayama evolves from the practice of asana, while building toward meditation. One of the important aspects of asana practice is awareness of the breath and following it. This class will attempt to develop that awareness using both asana and mudra so that by viewing and feeling the breath one understands the actual breath. This will aid in transitioning the focus from the outward practice to the inner practice.

We try to improve breathing patterns by strengthening the muscles that allow easier breathing while loosening muscles that constrict the breath. This will lead to an understanding of how the breath moves in the body, how it changes, how it can be guided, and especially how limited our breathing may be, often using less than our full lung capacity. In fact, we often “work too hard” resulting in breathing less rather than more, while using a great deal of effort.

These classes are an attempt to “unfold the breath” from a mental conception into an understanding of the breath and then evolving into Pranayama practice leading toward meditation.

$20/class for Essencia Yoga Members

$40/class for Non-Members

Earlier Event: January 5
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Later Event: January 26
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